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Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy about deception.

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Introduction

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy about deception. In this play we discover that there are different types of deception: - good deception and bad deception. Good deception is deception based on good intentions and the outcome is constructive. Bad deception is deception based on bad intentions and the outcome is destructive. The whole of Act IV Scene I is based, entirely, on deception and deceptive plots that were laid earlier on in the play. Don John's plot to thwart Claudio reaches its climax. Don John's plan is an example of bad deception because from the beginning of the play, he wanted to destroy Claudio. "If I can cross him any way, I bless myself every way." (Act I Scene III Line 62- 63) From the beginning he wishes to thwart Claudio. His plan succeeds and brings with it a very destructive outcome. He deceives Claudio about Hero's loyalty and in turn, Claudio deceives Leonato and everybody that has gathered at the church for the wedding. Claudio deceives Hero and Leonato by turning up at the church, giving a false impression that the wedding will continue. He then goes on to deceive everybody about Hero's innocence by making a big scene and announcing in front of everybody that he will not marry Hero because she has been unfaithful. ...read more.

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Claudio goes on to make an assumption. He assumes that everybody thinks that Hero has lost her virginity to him, "if I have known her, you will say she did embrace me as a husband, and so extenuate the 'forehand sin." (Lines 47 - 49) and he then goes on to clear this up by saying he has only treated Hero with the same love that a brother would give to his sister - non-physical, non-sexual love. He attempts to show her for what he thinks she really is. He does not lie in this scene; he tells the truth, or what he thinks is the truth. He is not being malicious just because he wants to, he has a reason but he is quite hasty in the way that he gets his revenger. He could have told Leonato, privately, that he did not want to marry Hero but he makes a huge scene because he feel betrayed and wants revenge. He attempts to show Hero for what she really is. He tries to persuade everybody to his opinion and his way of thinking. I think it is quite effective how he does it. He explains that he also thought that Hero was pure and innocent. He idolised Hero; he says she appeared as chaste as 'Dian in her orb.'Goddess Diana is associated with chastity and sexual purity. ...read more.

Conclusion

Trust is highlighted as being one of the more important things. If only Claudio had known Hero properly and if only he had trusted her then he would not have been so easily deceived by Don John. This suggests that trust is vital for marriage to survive. In addition, Benedick is willing to lay his life on the line because he completely trusts Beatrice - showing true love. This is still relevant to a 21st century audience because trust and betrayal are still major issues. Some people are let down very early on in their lives, which causes them to remain detached and unwilling to let themselves go completely, as Beatrice doesn't let herself go completely because she was let down by Benedick once before. Marriage is still quite important, in today's society. However, the fact that Hero is not a virgin would not have mattered very much, in today's culture. Nevertheless, in the 16th century it was extremely important the bride was a virgin. There was no way to prove whom the child belonged to and if you were a virgin before marriage then it was definite that any children that were conceived were the husband's and were not any other man's children. In this scene Beatrice and Benedick are united, however Hero and Claudio are temporarily separated. There is, again, balance here; one marriage has been provisionally destroyed and one has been created, ensuring that there will be a happy ending to this comedy. ...read more.

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