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What do we learn from this play about the conflicting roles of men and women in Shakespeare's' society and how does the playwright use conflict and deception to create drama?

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Introduction

What do we learn from this play about the conflicting roles of men and women in Shakespeare's' society and how does the playwright use conflict and deception to create drama? Shakespeare uses two different types of deception to create drama in the play and this makes the play very lively. The two types of deception are "good" deception and "bad" deception. Good deception is used by Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio to fool Benedick into believing that Beatrice is in love with him. At the same time a parallel deception is taking place to convince Beatrice that Benedick is in love with her, this is carried out by Hero and Ursa. Don Pedro, Leanato and Claudio talk loudly so that Benedick can hear them, of Beatrice's love for Benedick. This comes as a huge shock to Benedick who has been conducting a "merry war" with Beatrice. However when he hears of her loves for him he replies with, "When I said I would die a bachelor I did not think I would live to be married." ...read more.

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This lie luckily has no consequence. At the same ball Beatrice's and Benedick's merry war continues in earnest with Beatrice using the disguise of the masks to mock Benedick , calling him the Prince's jester. It is at this ball that Beatrice makes another statement indicating that she doesn't want a husband. Whilst discussing husbands with Leanato she finds something wrong with every type of man saying of men with no beard, "What should I do with him? Dress him in my apparel And make him my waiting-gentlewoman? He that hath a Beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no Beard is less than a man: and he that is more than A youth is not for me, and he that is less than a Man, I am not for him". She then goes on to say Her uncle Leanato responds by saying , "Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband. ...read more.

Conclusion

Firstly it shows us that chastity was of extreme importance to people of the age. That is closely linked with the need for a public humiliation to get back any lost honour or pride that a hurt person might feel. This part of the play is based on honour and social standing. Social standing is important to everybody in the play from Don Pedro to Don John. The evil deceptions come about as a result of Don John's bitterness toward Don pedro. During the public humiliation of Hero Claudio says that he saw hero with a roughian at this hour. This gives the impression that it is twice as bad if Hero slept with some1 of lower social standing. Whilst Claudio and Don p r discussing the marriage of Hero and Claudio they touch on the subject of inheritance as being important. This subject is touched upon again when Leonato tells Claudio he has a niece almost identical to Hero who is heir to him and his brother. In conclusion I feel that 1) roles r different 2 today 2) patriarchal society 3) good deceit 4) bad deceit 5) dramatic irony The WEDDING (300) ...read more.

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