Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a play involving by deception, disloyalty, trickery, eavesdropping, and hearsay. The play contains numerous examples of schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts of other characters; it is the major theme that resonates throughout the play. Ironically, it is one of these themes that bring serenity to the chaos that encompasses most of the play.

	The first example of deception we see is with the characters of Beatrice and Benedick. These two characters provide the humor throughout Shakespeare's comedy; their repartees and soliloquies tend to leave the reader smiling and anxious for more dialogue between them. Beatrice and Benedick have had a relationship prior to their
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Benedick, shows us his true feelings in his soliloquy: "This can be no trick… / I will be horribly in love with her" (2.3.210,223). Benedick, decides that he will allow himself to fall in love with Beatrice.

	The second example of deception is seen in Act 3.1. Hero and Ursula do their parts to trick Beatrice into falling in love with Benedick. They speak highly of Benedick and "praise him more than ever man did merit" (3.3.19). In her eavesdropping and overhearing she falls for the bait, as did Benedick. In Beatrice’s soliloquy she discloses her thoughts of Benedick’s false affectations towards her. She is willing to tame her heart so that Benedick and she can be together. Beatrice’s submissiveness shows her subconscious yearnings to be in love, as well as Benedick – even though She and Benedick aren’t willing to admit it.

	The most heinous act of deception in Much Ado About Nothing is committed against Hero, the daughter of Leonato, and Claudio. These two characters, unlike Beatrice and Benedick, fall in love after seeing each other for the first time – Shakespeare’s classic case of love at first sight. The deception starts after Borachio overhears Don Pedro’s plan to "assume thy part in some disguise" (1.1.305) in order to woo Hero for Claudio. At the masquerade party, while Don Pedro is dancing with Hero in hopes of wooing her for Claudio, Borachio and
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