Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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Deception as Means to an End Deception can be seen as a medium through which one acts to get what they want. Usually we see deception as unmoral and unethical, however, it could be argued that when someone benefits from being deceived, that the end result outweighs the means by which it was accomplished. This idea of deception that positively impacts characters is thematic throughout Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. In fact, without the use of deception throughout the play there would be no momentum to the plot. Therefore, deception is a reoccurring theme that serves as a means to accomplish an end result that would likely not occur otherwise in the play. The use of deception is most evident in the “gulling scenes” of Much Ado About Nothing, but the use of deception begins prior to those scenes. The first use of deception is seen shortly after the soldiers arrive at Leonato’s estate. The young soldier, Claudio, reveals that he believes that Leonato’s daughter, Hero, is “the sweetest lady” that he had ever laid eyes upon and that he would love to have her hand (I.i.183). Prince Don Pedro devises a plan to deceive Hero in order to woo her for Claudio at the mascaraed ball. The plans success is not only incredibly important to the plot of the play, but it is also acts as the introduction to deception used for everyone’s benefit. This first deception of the play is not only important because it sets up their future marriage, but also because it also acts as a
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