Deception In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Summary Analysis The play “Much Ado about Nothing” by William Shakespeare is a love story that he incorporated deception in which the characters engage in humorously. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, plays Cupid in this seemingly multi-sided romance between Claudio and Hero, as well as Beatrice and Benedick. Claudio, who seems to fall in love with Hero in an instant, implores Don Pedro to woo Hero for him. Don Pedro obliges his protégé. However, the first deception happens at the party when Don John, Don Pedro’s evil illegitimate half-brother, tells Claudio that Don Pedro is double crossing him. Claudio is quick to believe this and becomes angry until Don Pedro goes to him and gives him Hero as his betrothed. Beatrice and Benedick are constantly bickering with one another in a battle of wits stating that they hate each other. However, they are not very convincing of…show more content…
Borachio tells Don John to bring Don Pedro and Claudio to Hero’s balcony and “…hear me call Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me Claudio…” (Bevington, p. 233). The trap being set, Claudio sees who he believes is Hero having sex on her bedroom balcony with Borachio. However, the treachery of Don John is eventually exposed and all is set right between Claudio and hero. Benedick and Beatrice find that they do indeed love each other despite what they say as Benedick proclaims “Here’s our own hands against our hearts,” (Bevington, p. 255) when Claudio and Hero produce love notes written by both Beatrice and Benedick. Don John is captured after fleeing because of fear of what Don Pedro would do to him for the deception he committed. In the end even though Don Pedro is happy for the lovers, he is sad in the fact that he is still looking for a
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