Rumors and Dishonesty in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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In this world rumors and dishonesty happen to be everywhere, no matter where you are. Nowaday people start rumors just to hurt and insult people’s feelings that later on lead to dramatic events. In the story “Much Ado about Nothing”, we encounter different scenes that lead to rumors and deception. One scene that we encounter is when Don John, the bastard brother spreads rumors about Hero being disloyal to Claudio and Don Pedro to corrupt Claudio’s and Hero’s relationship. Another scene that we run into is when Ursula and Hero have a talk in the garden about how Benedick has love affection towards Beatrice. Later on, these two scenes play a huge role and become dramatic elements of the story. We will encounter on how rumors and dishonesty…show more content…
“In this world, it is disturbing easy for Don John and Borachio to convince Claudio, because rumors happen to be everywhere.” (xxxii) This shows that rumors have been passed around to the families. Claudio was almost going to believe Don John, but luckily we found out that it was all rumors that was taking away a person’s relationship. From all this, Shakespeare is trying to tell us that never believe someone from his words until you find out the truth yourself, because it can turn into a rumor. False statements can destroy and brainwash people’s minds. Creating a rumor can also break a person’s relationship. Another example of a rumor being created is when Ursula and Hero talk about how Benedick loves Beatrice. “My talk to thee must be how Benedick is sick in love with Beatrice.” (pg 41 lll.1 20-21) Beatrice overhears the conversation and she is shocked. Benedick had never told anyone that he loved Beatrice. Ursula and Hero set up the rumor so Beatrice can fall in love with Benedick. Unfortunately Beatrice falls for the rumor. “No glory lives behind the back of such, and, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee. Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand.” (pg 44-45 lll.1110-112) She believes that Benedick truly loves her, and is willing to marry her. “Hero’s account of Beatrice is when Beatrice is

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