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What are the different forms of deception that occur in the play and what is their effect?

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What are the different forms of deception that occur in the play and what is their effect? Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, is a play about misperceptions, love and the overall comedy of relationships. The main plot revolves around a young couple, Hero and Claudio, and the obstacles they must face in order to be together. The humour ensues when Benedick, a sworn bachelor, meets Beatrice, Hero's opinionated cousin, and from the very beginning they make their great resentment for one another extremely clear. Through the use of relationships in the play, Shakespeare shows the reader the many different forms of deception, and their positive and negative effects. ...read more.

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As Borachio himself says, their goal is to "deceive the prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonato." Their plan does not entirely fail, and the effect is certainly a negative one. Claudio no longer believes that Hero is a pure woman, and refuses to marry her. He makes her aware of this by reprimanding her at their wedding, in front of her family and all their guests. Shakespeare shows how deception can be used to resolve conflict. In an effort to reverse the sullying of Hero's name, her family is advised by Friar Francis to "let her awhile be secretly kept in, and publish it, that she is dead indeed." ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout the play Benedick realises he was deceiving himself through deception by others, and it was in fact possible for him to fall in love. The effect of this is not negative, as eventually Benedick falls in love with Beatrice, and by the end of the play demonstrates signs of being true to himself. Deception plays an important part in Much Ado About Nothing, and this is shown by being brought up throughout the play. Shakespeare helps the scenes develop, and provides much comedy. He also shows that it has both positive and negative effects, and that it can affect any one at any time, no matter how sweet, intelligent or good looking you may be. Much Ado About Nothing not only displays deception as an entertaining storyline, but also how it is an aspect used in everyday life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Cosima Olivi Set 1 ...read more.

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This essay provides a great insight into the role of deception in the play much ado about nothing. The response covers many of the key points and plots within the play to back up the arguments made. The quotes used ...

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This essay provides a great insight into the role of deception in the play much ado about nothing. The response covers many of the key points and plots within the play to back up the arguments made. The quotes used are relavent and are well explained furthering the knowledge displayed by the student.

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The fact that the explination paragraphs are set out in an orgaised and repeated pattern shows that the student has thought ahead and planned the essay before writing it. An ideal paragraph is layed out with a topic sentence explaining the key point of the paragraph, next there should be evidence to back the topic sentance up e.g. a quote, and then an explination of how the evidence is backing up the topic sentance. The conclusion reached is a sensible one not only disscussing how deception works but also relating it to other themes within the play such as comedy.

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Overall spelling and puctuation are good and only in some places the grammar needs some attention. The reason I believe that this essay got a high B instead of an A is although the quotes and evidence are good, the quotes could be embeded into the text instead of being obviously separate, I found this really hard at first and took me a while to learn the skill, but after I did I definately saw an increase in my grades.


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