The Representation Of Claudio In Shakespeare's Nothing By William Shakespeare

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Register to read the introduction… Benedick maintains the belief that ‘he will live a bachelor’, although as the play proceeds, his feelings become clear and that he is ‘horribly in love’ with Beatrice.

Beatrice and Benedick deceive each other again at the masquerade ball. While Beatrice pretends to not know that she is dancing with Benedick, she begins to insult him by calling him the “prince’s jester” and that “none but libertines delight in him”, all the while Benedick believes that he is deceiving Beatrice into thinking that he is someone else.

There is another example of deceit at the masquerade ball involving Don John ‘the Bastard’. He acts upon Claudio’s innocence and gullibility. While Don Pedro is ‘wooing’ Hero for Claudio, Don John deliberately mistakes Claudio for Benedick and tells him “the Prince woos for himself” This deception was performed out of spite for Don Johns own entertainment. This makes Claudio feel ‘something of
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‘Where I should wed, there I will shame her’. When he unknowingly sees Margaret and Borachio instead of the supposed Hero and her lover, Claudio is infuriated and Don Pedro agrees to shaming her on their wedding day. ‘I will join thee to disgrace her’

Although the next form of self-deception is not vital in the play, Dogberry, head of the watch is a major source of humour. His continued misunderstandings and malapropisms show that he believes himself to be an intelligent man while he proves himself to be ‘an ass’. Such malapropisms include ‘who think you to be the most desertless man’ when he clearly means deserving.

In Act 4, Claudio announces that Hero ‘knows the heart of a luxurious bed, Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty’. It is ironic that Claudio also says ‘are our eyes our own?’ because he seems to be using everybody’s eyes but his own throughout the entire play. This postpones the wedding and creates confusion among every one around. Claudio shows no sense of trust in Hero and neither does her father Leonato. Right away he says that the only forgiveness for such a

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