Gossip and Deceit in Much Ado About Nothing Essay

1473 Words Oct 31st, 2006 6 Pages
Gossip and Deceit in Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing is primarily a play about gossip. Indeed, the title means a big fuss about a trifle, and by the end, this is exactly what happens. All accusations will come to nothing, causing the play to end the same way as if they never occurred at all. Shakespeare brilliantly plays on the meanings of nothing throughout this play. The word "nothing" would actually have been pronounced "noting" in his time. It can mean worthless, a person of little worth, or also mean everything, in the sense that much ado is made about everything (Smith). Much of the plot is moved along by characters eavesdropping on a conversation and either misunderstanding what they overhear or being deceived by …show more content…
Claudio, Hero and Prince Don Pedro's plan to trick the two enemies into falling into love with each other is an example of trickery for the better of the people. When they overheard the false gossip of one's love for the other, it was supportive for everyone. No one was hurt by the false gossip; only good things came from this. The gossip and deceit in Much Ado About Nothing led each character into a certain direction. Each character felt a wide spectrum of emotions after being deceived or overhearing timely executed gossip. Some characters felt love and happiness while other felt grief and sadness and still others were rightly punished for their wrong deeds. Beatrice and Benedick were both over taken with joy after hearing some intriguing news about their love life. The planned gossip and deceit used by Claudio, Hero and Prince Pedro gave joy to the two lovers in knowing that they have a chance in love. This kind of well advised chitchat and trickery shows that not all gossip can be bad. Claudio and Hero felt much sorrow and pain after they were both tricked. The foul Don John tricked Claudio into believing that his bride-to-be was unfaithful to him. After seeing the staged incident in Hero's window, both Claudio and Hero were distraught that this kind of false information would not let them wed. Although they eventually wedded, both still went through turmoil

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