• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Consider the various forms of deception, which an audience will witness in the course of watching 'Much Ado About Nothing'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Joseph Levy AS English Literature Coursework Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Consider the various forms of deception, which an audience will witness in the course of watching 'Much Ado About Nothing'? Throughout Shakespeare's play, 'Much Ado About Nothing', deception is shown in various lights for different reasons. Shakespeare uses deception as an underlying message concerning the characters and their society. The theme of deception works as a catalyst for provoked events as in Beatrice and Benedick turning from hatred to love. There is a strong sense of honour from the characters and deceit can be used in an attempt to dishonour someone. The incapacity in the characters to detect deceit is a sign of their obsession and desire for love and honour, such as Claudio automatically thinking Hero is guilty. The stress on deception used by Shakespeare is a common theme in his writing such as with Iago in 'Othello'. Deception is something that can be used for good or bad intentions. For instance, Don Pedro uses deception for purposes of love with Benedick and Beatrice, whilst Don John uses deceit for the opposite reason in trying to break up Hero and Claudio. ...read more.

Middle

This is all to do with the theme of honour. Although Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato appear to have made up their minds, the Friar has a plan from Leonato's speech. Benedick is also suspicious and is involved with the concocting of a plan to deceive people themselves. The Friar's plan is to pretend Hero has died of shock, to maybe make the accusers feel guilty and in doubt. If Hero is dead then maybe she was innocent. The audience will think the plan will work as it is a comedy, and they have experience of all the characters being somewhat gullible. Dogberry the fool somehow manages with help from the sexton to unveil some unscrupulous scheming. The truth about Hero is revealed to Leonato and he decides to continue with the plot. As the deception is put into place from the Friar, Don Pedro, Claudio, Leonato and Antonio have a chance to share their views. Leonato now doubts Claudio's accusations. There are insults thrown at Leonato by Claudio such as calling him 'an old fool'. In Kenneth Branaghs film of the play, Antonio plays the part of restraining Leonato as if he were to strike Claudio. ...read more.

Conclusion

The conclusion of the play is not surprisingly a happy one. Hero's reaction is very much in character. Hero is surprisingly forgiving, maybe unlike this situation nowadays. A modern day audience would sympathise a lot more. Claudio and Hero are to wed and unsurprisingly so are Beatrice and Benedick. From the start they had witty banter, which sometimes seemed to be true hatred. A modern day audience would have equality with Beatrice. Their relationship is not as sickening as that of Hero and Claudio. Deception here has brought the two together. Shakespeare makes the point clear that Don Pedro ends up alone. Beatrice rejects him early on at the masked ball and it is out of character in Shakespeare's plays to have a character end up alone. Don John is captured and left outside the community social circle just as in the beginning. He is a dark note on the celebrations and reminds us of his evil at the end of play. The play is designed so the audience are fully aware of the deception being played on each character. For this simple reason it will be amusing to an audience as they see the character fall in to the trap they have witnessed been set up. First draft; 2017 words ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Much Ado About Nothing

    4 star(s)

    I was weeping from inside but face stood emotionless the whole time from the outside and my anger as going to reach its peak but suddenly I realised that I had Benedict beside my side the whole time. His presence was what that gave me the power to hold myself

  2. Deception in Much Ado About Nothing

    However at times the mask behind which they seem so secure betrays them into a world where they are no longer in control. Beatrice's wit flows freely until it is suddenly stopped by the serious question she had not expected and has to answer.

  1. Benedick's Change in Much Ado About Nothing

    She also responds with the same line to Benedick when he asks her if she loves him. So here they are still embarrassed to admit that they love each other even though they are about to get married. He says "no more than reason," saying that it is only logical that they should love each other get married.

  2. Compare and contrast two characters from 'Much ado about nothing' as presented by Shakespeare.

    Don Pedro and Claudio now know that they have slandered Hero and Shakespeare skilfully employs metaphors to convey the extent of their feelings; for example Don Pedro says "Runs not this speech like iron through your blood" and Claudio says "I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it."

  1. How Shakespeare portrays Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

    However, her determination to live unmarried is a source of amusement to her companion rather than a sign of shame. But despite the fact that Shakespeare portrays Beatrice as a woman who has a strong mind of her own, she appears to be quite vulnerable and less cynical towards love

  2. Shakespeare's presentation of deception in Much Ado About Nothing.

    The other benevolent plot is also masterminded byby don pedro and involves the deception of a wider range of characters - most importantly Benedick and Beatrice. The Prince of Arragon once again attempts to bring together two characters in what is described as 'one of hercules' labours' - into a 'mountain of affection'(II, ii, 79)

  1. In the film "Much Ado about Nothing", the director Kenneth Branagh presents the theme ...

    The theme of the film is also displayed in the final scene. Here the truth and reality of all the characters is shown and all illusions are uncovered. The most honest love is seen, the characters with genuine honour are shown and the truths to all the stories are revealed to the audience through dramatic irony.

  2. Examine the theme of deception in "Much ado about nothing".

    Deception is used here to form relationships. Masks are used to confuse illusion and reality in the ball Beatrice speaks openly about her thoughts on Benedick ?why he

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work