Personality In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

1048 Words5 Pages
According to the University of Massachusetts, between sixty-five and seventy-eight percent of lies go undetected. This statistic demonstrates how trusting people are, and how the human nature is inclined to believe what others say. However, unsuspecting people can be victim to the scheming personalities of those who take advantage of this generosity. William Shakespeare adds characters possessing this malicious trait to many of his plays; however, the implementation of this type of personality is most vital to the plot of Much Ado About Nothing, a play in which various characters rely on deceit and subterfuge to achieve their personal goals. All of these characters help build up the underlying theme of appearance versus reality, having characters such as Don John and Borachio use duplicity and guile to set a pretext that prompts the cancellation of a wedding, while simultaneously allowing other characters such as Don Pedro and Hero to use deceit in order to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love. No event epitomizes the theme of appearance versus reality more than the masquerade ball. Being a party where everybody wears a mask, there is absolutely no possible way to know who is whom. This sets the stage for Don Pedro and Claudio to court Hero, for Beatrice to hurl insults at Benedick, and for Don John to try and cause a ruckus. Just before the ball, Don Pedro and Claudio make an arrangement that involves deceit. Since Claudio wants to marry Hero and feels insecure, Don
Open Document