Deception And Deception In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

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In Shakespearean drama, a common motif is that of deception and disguise. There are two types of deception: those that are benign and those that are pernicious. Benign trickery is a less serious form of trickery. On the other hand, pernicious trickery is more serious and has lasting implications as a result. In the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, deception features prominently. Examples of deception in the play include Benedick and Beatrice being tricked into believing they love one another, everyone being tricked into believing Hero was dead, and Claudio and Don Pedro being tricked into believing Hero was unfaithful to him, and they contribute to the development of the play’s important themes by highlighting Shakespeare’s ideas and opinions that are expressed in the play. Two important themes in this particular play are that not all trickery is evil and status in a society is important, which are both highlighted through deception in this play. Shakespeare uses several examples of deception in the play to develop the play’s important themes. First of all, one example of deception in the play is when Benedick is tricked into believing Beatrice loves him and Beatrice is tricked into believing Benedick loves her. Claudio, Leonato, and the Prince have a conversation and Hero and Margaret have another conversation in such manners that Benedick and Beatrice can overhear them purposefully. In the conversation between Claudio, Leonato, and the Prince, Leonato

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