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

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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 city in which the play is set. However, there is a clear distinction between the types of deception used. Malicious deception is used to shatter people's lives whereas benign deception is used to enrich the lives of others.

In Act 1, Scene 1 we witness the 'skirmish of wit' between Beatrice and Benedick. Throughout the scene they continue their 'merry war' and a suggested reason for this is that Beatrice once gave 'a double heart for his single one' indicating he may have once broken her
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Both brothers are as manipulative as each other but in very different ways. As the two plots run in parallel with each other, Don Pedro and his brother's techniques and aims can be compared.

Two harmless gulling scenes take place in the play. Act 2 Scene 3 where Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato deceive Benedick. In Act 3 Scene 1 Beatrice is deceived by Hero and Ursula. Both Benedick and Beatrice think they are eavesdropping on confidential conversations between characters but the others actually know that they are listening. This, however, makes it more believable for Beatrice and Benedick because they are not being directly spoken too.

Both scenes are single sex scenes. This is probably because the women and the men would handle the situation in two completely different ways and it is easier for people to relate to other people of the same.

Benedick's gulling scene is more of a comic scene rather than the more serious deception of Beatrice. This is probably because Benedick is a man and in this play men play a very insensitive, tough role. The men use reverse psychology. They said that Benedick was going to be a bachelor for the rest of his life. Benedick cannot believe they think this.

' When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should

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