Foundationalism In William Shakespear's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
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The word Foundationalism was given a clear definition by Descartes, meaning someone looking for a clear and certain foundation. There is a way to accomplish this task, meaning order to find or build a foundation or a base that is certain, one must first destroy everything one believes to know start from the very beginning. The goal is to find things that are absolute “indubitable”, meaning it is 100 percent certain or it can not under any circumstances be doubted (Descartes 13). The play "Much ado about nothing" written by William Shakespear would not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering anything being indubitable. It is entails clear social and gender issues of its time. With this essay, I wish to point out how the men boast themselves in so much honor and masculinity, that they are easily blinded by a simple lie. So simple in fact, that it took an entire plot built on Hero’s death to reveal the truth. If a woman’s mind, body and soul were more valuable, there would have been no need to lie and deceive once more to prove Hero’s innocence. This is important, because women are still judged more harshly for being involved with a man before marriage, or having multiple partners. While men can marry after being known to be very far from celibacy themselves, but wish to have a virgin or a woman with fewer and closer to zero sexual partners. This misogynistic double standard was carried into the movie by Kenneth Branagh. In this case, first I would like to look