How Deception Is Key in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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How is deception used in the plot? The play’ Much ado about nothing’ may be a comedy, but the majority of the plot is based on trickery and deception. The first example of deception is at the masked ball, when Benedick wears a mask and talks to Beatrice, pretending to be somebody else. Although this may be a small act of trickery, I thought it was important because Beatrice and Benedick had few conversations in the early scenes where neither of them made witty remarks toward the other, thus revealing how the two felt towards each-other. Hero is also deceived at the masked ball, when Don Pedro woos her on Claudio’s behalf. “I will assume some disguise and tell fair Hero I am Claudio” Is what Don Pedro says as he is about to aid Claudio on his quest for love. This was an important scene because it showed the audience that Claudio and Don Pedro are truly good friends and it also showed that Claudio really was in love with Hero. Don John tries to trick Claudio into believing that Don Pedro was wooing Hero for himself, but Claudio does not fall for this trickery when Don Pedro swears the truth. The next two acts of trickery are two of the most important scenes in the play- the overhearing scenes. Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio- with full knowledge that Benedick is in earshot, have a ‘very loud’ conversation about how Beatrice was deeply in love with Benedick. Benedick would not have believed in this deception were it not for the fact that Leonato was participating, because he knew that Don Leonato was mature enough not to joke about those kinds of matters. When Hero, Margaret and Ursula play the same trick on Beatrice, “My talk to thee must be of how Benedick is sick in love with Beatrice…” Is what Hero says to her gentle-women. In saying that Benedick is head-over-heels for her, they make sure to include the fact that Benedick would never tell of his love. This is
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