Deception In William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a play which uncovers the positive and negative consequences that various interactions can have on society and individuals. Throughout the play multiple themes are discovered. One theme in particular that stood out to me was that not everyone and everything is as they appear. Some factors which come to light from this theme are the dishonour which comes with deceit and misunderstanding, the betrayal that one feels when being deliberately fooled, and the negative and positive results which can come from deception. Through both direct and indirect character interactions, we learn the importance of looking beyond ones façade to find where the truth lies. The theme of the truth being concealed is portrayed by multiple interactions between Beatrice and Benedick. A significant contributing factor to this was the self-deceit both characters relied on. Shakespeare writes Beatrice and Benedick’s characters as ‘lone wolf’ types, neither is hurrying to fall in love and get married, in fact the idea repulses them. Beatrice and Benedick hide the fact that they love each other- not only from one another, but from themselves. To do this they have an…show more content…
As Benedick confesses his love to Beatrice, so too does she. “It were as possible for me to say I loved nothing so well as you. But believe me not, and yet I lie not. I confess nothing nor I deny nothing.” (4.1) They are surprised to hear the other admitting so easily to it, but the sheer joy which follows is clear “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” The interactions between Beatrice and Benedick show us that people often hide behind masks in fear of the unknown, that self-deceit isn’t always the best thing for us and that sometimes we must take a leap of faith to discover
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