Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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In the play “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare deception is shown to give a great sense of drama. The parts of deception used really comes into play when discussing some important themes. The theme seen in the play can be said to be that deception is a means to an end, meaning that both good, or bad Situations can end, but with doing so, it is done wrongfully. The other theme seen in the play is that men are deceivers, this puts a meaning to say that most men, in the play, deceived someone to which who are close to them. Shakespeare uses theses themes to address the overall idea that even when knowing what is right and wrong in drama, most people choose the wrong choice/ way. That’s where deception comes in, to people doing wrong trickery against others, either for a good outcomes, or bad outcome. Throughout the play, there are many examples of benign trickery, meaning it’s with good intent, in addressing the theme that deception is a means to an end. “If it prove so, then loving goes by haps; some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps” (3.2.111-112). IN this scene, Beatrice is tricked by Hero and Ursula to believe that benedick loves her, and it is no lie now because Benedick was tricked first to believe that Beatrice loves him, so he then loves her back. This trick seems to work when Beatrice concludes that she believes the telling that Benedick loves her. “And Benedick, love on, I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand” (3.2.112-113).

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