Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, And A Winter 's Tale

1549 Words Dec 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Marra Crook

English 355: Shakespeare

Professor Charlebois

December 15, 2015

Perception of Evidence In Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and A Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare shows the shift in which in which perception becomes knowledge. As a thing becomes known, through one sense or another, it is filtered through the mind, and then emerges as knowledge. Shakespeare examines this process, focusing on the ways in which we unconsciously influence the formation of knowledge. Much Ado about Nothing, Othello and A Winter’s Tale each explore different sides of jealousy which all stem from the same problem. All believe their innocent wives to be unfaithful. However, since everybody experiences reality differently, due to our own bias, we can never be certain that we understand anyones perspective. Claudio, Othello, and Leonates attempt to compensate for this uncertainty by assuming the absolute worst about their wives with only the absolute minimum of evidence. Unfortunately, their conviction that such assumptions are correct leads to disaster. In Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio successfully woos and is about to marry the young Hero. However, the Don John tries to ruin their wedding to get back at his brother, the Prince, and will harm all in his way in order to do so. As such, he hatches a plan to have his servant, Borachio seduce Margaret, one of Hero’s servants. They will then engage in lewd acts in Hero’s bedroom, whilst Borachio calls out Hero’s name. Don John has it…
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