Much Ado About Nothing Essay

928 Words May 23rd, 2007 4 Pages
The play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare consists of many themes which grow out of the ‘game of love'. The two main themes consist of perception and deception. Through the plot complications, character development and dramatic techniques these themes can be explored. In the play deception is shown on both good and evil sides, the game of love between Beatrice and Benedick and the Don John plot to split up Hero and Claudio. Perception is a theme used in most of Shakespeare's plays. Perceptive views by the characters help portray the game of love. Hero is perceived as dead which then Claudio is sorry and feels for her. Beatrice and Benedick's loved is clouded by each other's perceptions and arguments.

Deception is one of the
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"Not so neither, but I know that I have tonight wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's gentlewomen by the name of Hero: she leans out of the mistress' chamber window." This narrative effect adds impact and severity of the characters actions and makes us further dislike Borachio.

Perception is one of the main themes that grow out of the game of love. Perception is how the characters are seen and shown which then can cause a consequence. Social perceptions were very important, before

marriage women should be innocent, pure and faithful. Don John's plan to make Claudio think hero is unfaithful is a success which then Claudio, Don Pedro and Don John perceives Hero is unclean and impure.
"Did you see her, hear her, at that hour last night, talk with a ruffian at her chamber window, who hath indeed most like a liberal villain, confessed the vile encounters they have had a thousand times in secret."
Hero is then perceived dead after she faints. Claudio's perception of Hero's death causes him to remorse when he finds out that Hero was innocent. Hero's death is very symbolic as she is then re-born into society clean and pure. Hero developed from thought to be un clean to clean, innocent and wronged. Claudio is seen in a negative light after Hero's death however redeems himself as honourable. Dramatic irony as we know Hero is innocent ensures our perception of her character is pure.

The game of love would not be a game…