Deception In Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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The Theme of Deception in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

It is clearly visible from the plot in Much Ado about Nothing that deception plays a large role in the social structure of Messina, the
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This is exactly the effect that Don John wants to achieve and his plot is going to plan until the watch overhears Borachio confessing to Conrade that he pretended that Margaret was Hero and wooed her into Hero's bedchamber so that Don John could pretend that Hero was unfaithful. The watch then arrests the two villains.

Later, Dogberry, the constable of the watch, who has deceived himself into thinking that he is cleverer than he is, tries to inform an impatient Leonato. However, he uses incorrect language and mixes up the meaning of words so Leonato impatiently leaves. If Leonato had been more patient and Dogberry less pretentious then a lot of confusion in the play would have been avoided.

Act 4, scene 1 is the wedding scene. In this, Claudio, Don John and Don Pedro cruelly 'expose' Hero. Only Benedick, Beatrice and Friar Francis believe in her innocence. Even Leonato, Hero's father, is convinced of her guilt. Friar Francis and the remaining characters devise another plan in which they would deceive people. They will tell everyone that Hero has tragically died in hope that this will
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It is ironic that in the play Balthasar sings a song saying 'Men were deceivers ever'. This line describes the structure of the play. It takes the theme of deception and explains it in different ways. It was inevitable that to achieve what each person wanted others had to be deceived but later we discover the different intentions of the deceit.

The two brothers, Don Pedro and Don John both deceive people in their own ways, but for different purposes. Obviously, they will both gain from their deceptions. Don Pedro's kingdom will increase as couples get married and have children. However, he does this at the same time as fulfilling other people's lives. Don John has the opposite effect; by ruining other people's lives he enriches his life. However, to get what they want they both have to work against each other. Even when Don John was believed, his plot was revealed and Don Pedro's plans succeeded. The malevolent and benign deception run in parallel with each other so they can be compared as you watch the play. However, it is always the harmless deception which succeeds against the

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