Can Deception Be Good? A Look at Deception and Trickery in Much Ado and Sir Gawain Perception is important in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing as well as in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Although the writers come from different time periods, they share ideas on the concept of deception. Shakespeare was writing to audiences who lived in the Elizabethan time where nobility and social classes were important. In fact, “During Shakespeare’s time there were only about 55 noble families in England (Elizabethan). Appearances were important to his audiences in social society. During the Gawain poet’s time period of Arthurian Romances and stories of chivalry, appearances were equally important in society. The concept of deception has been around since Adam and Eve, and in most instances, it is seen as negative and often harmful. Both authors produce characters who have problems perceiving reality from appearances and in many instances are deceived by appearances. Shakespeare and the Gawain Poet both use trickery and deception as a plot device to create conflict in both works and promote the theme of appearance versus reality. Uniquely, both authors use deception to better the main characters by the end of the works and at the same time, the deception allows the reader to consider moral choices.
One way to make the audience or the reader question perception is to create a visual deception. Shakespeare and the Gawain poet use disguise to create visual deceptions in