Deception and Its Dramatic Effects in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night

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Deception and Its Dramatic Effects in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night

Shakespeare uses deception and trickery in both "Twelfth Night" and
"Much Ado" to provide humour and dramatic irony for the audience. The
deception also furthers the plot or sub-plot. The dramatic effects of
this trickery are the irony, anticipation and empathy with the
characters. In the scene from "Much Ado", deception is used to create
a romance which turns out to be more than is intended by the
characters doing the deceiving. In "Twelfth Night" the purpose of the
deception is purely for fun and to provide humour for the audience.

Benedick is deceived by Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro. Malvolio
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He is deceived by way of a letter from Maria (pretending to
be Olivia) which in fact says very little in direct terms. Maria and
her friends send the letter because they are sick of Malvoilio's "self
love". It is Malvolio himself who creates the deception by tricking
himself into creating a meaning for everything in the letter, however
cryptic. Malvolio is however; very capable of deceiving himself anyway
and frequently does so, making it easy for the letter to have meaning
for him

Benedick is tricked into eavesdropping by a well planned conversation,
which involves Benedick overhearing his name in a conversation-a
typical way of intentionally getting someone to eavesdrop. He
eavesdrops because he hears his name and the conversation follows
through to the subject of romance, which captures Benedick's attention
and keeps it, meanwhile Benedick is determined to stay hidden from
"Monsieur Love". He is told that Beatrice has an undying love for him
but she would never tell him because it would ruin their constant wit
matches. The deceivers signal to each other when they know that they
have Benedick's attention by referring to hunting phrases, as though
he has been caught into a trap, which indeed he has.

"We'll fit the hid-fox with a pennyworth"

He believes what he hears because of everything that is said about
Beatrice not wanting to tell him…