Essay on The Themes of Noting and Deception in Much Ado About Nothing

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The Themes of Noting and Deception in Much Ado About Nothing

"Discuss the themes of 'noting' and 'deception' in Much Ado About
Nothing"

The play 'Much Ado About Nothing' was written by Williams Shakespeare
in the late 1600's and over four centuries later it is still a
significantly popular play and has widespread appeal.

The play explores many themes including love, treachery, friendship,
society and traditions. These five themes mentioned are still very
much relevant in a lot of people's lives today. You'll find that a lot
of television programmes, movies, magazines and novels are structured
around at least one or more of these themes, if not all at the same
time.

The title 'Much Ado
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Throughout the play Shakespeare uses the wittiness of the numerous
characters taking part in the performance to demonstrate his fondness
of using puns, sexual innuendos and creating double meanings. Puns,
sexual innuendos and double meanings can be a technique of deception,
the title 'Much Ado About Nothing' being the very first example. This
is due to the way Shakespeare plays with the word 'nothing' in the
title 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

In the late 16th century the word 'nothing' would have been pronounced
'noting' Thus, the play's title could read: "Much Ado About Noting".
Already Shakespeare hints that there might be a double meaning
involving the word 'nothing'. Without a doubt many of the players
participate in the actions of observing, listening and writing, or
noting.

Also, in Shakespeare's period, a 'thing' referred to a man's genitals,
so therefore the word 'no-thing' may have been an Elizabethan
euphemism for female genitalia. This might insinuate Shakespeare's
love of using sexual innuendos to create double meanings, a means of
deception and henceforth connecting to the title once again.

Another example of Shakespeare using sexual innuendos as a method of
deception is the conversation between Benedick and…