Much Ado About Nothing Theme Analysis

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A few themes that are present in Much Ado About Nothing include, deception and the importance of honor. In the play, Claudio falls in love with Hero, and Don Pedro decides to woo Hero for Claudio, but Don John plots to deceive them. He has Borachio to woo Hero’s maid at Hero’s window. He then informs Claudio that Hero is going to be unfaithful. This results in Hero’s disgrace, and the only solution that seemed fit was to pretend to be dead as a way for her redemption and reconciliation with Claudio. On another note, Beatrice and Benedick are tricked by their friends into thinking that each loves the other, and soon they actually do fall in love. Much Ado About Nothing shows that deceit is not always evil, but it is something that can be used…show more content…
For example, when Claudio announces his desire to woo Hero, but then Don Pedro takes it upon himself to do the act for Claudio. This part didn’t make much sense to me, and I couldn’t tell if it was good or bad. But I could already see a conflict forming when I realized that Don John was observing the two. During the instigation of Don John, Claudio begins to mistrust Don Pedro, and thinks that he had been deceived. The characters in the play are now getting caught up in the illusions that they help to create for one another. Benedick and Beatrice flirt at the masked ball, each aware of the other’s presence yet they are pretending not to know the person hiding behind the mask. Also when Claudio shames and rejects Hero, Leonato announces that Hero has died in order to punish Claudio for his mistake. This somehow leads to Claudio’s return to accept the hand of Leonato’s niece (which actually is Hero). A group of women who are masked are presented to Claudio and he must wed blindly. There is a disconnect in this situation and the way this marriage was presented shows that the social institution of marriage doesn’t have much to do with love. I felt that His willingness to marry a woman who he’s never met stemmed from his guilt about accusing an innocent woman but also because he cares more about rising in Leonato’s favor. In the end, deceit is neither good or bad, it is just a way to create an
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