How Does Shakespeare Use Trickery In Much Ado About Nothing

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In the book Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, the entire plot of the play stems from multiple tricks that characters play on each other. Shakespeare is suggesting that tricking people is not right or wrong, for the outcome of the tricks can be beneficial or destructive, or just plain harmless. One example of how deception might be bad is when Don John, bitter about being the “backup Prince,” used trickery to get revenge. When he learned about Claudio’s feelings for Hero and their plan to marry, he was provided with great opportunity to strike everybody at once. Don John decided to spoil Claudio’s love for Hero and sabotage their marriage. The night before the wedding, Don John invited Claudio and the Prince to watch Borachio, Don John’s henchman, and Margaret speak affectionate words to each other.…show more content…
At the scene of the party, Benedict pretended to be someone else when talking to Beatrice. It did not produce either desirable or undesirable outcomes, though the scene did provide mild amusement for the reader. Leonato forced Claudio, out of guilt, to announce Hero’s innocence and marry Lenoato’s “niece,”who was actually Hero. This trick was beneficial because Hero was liberated from her accusations, and Leonato’s honor was restored. However, it was unfair of Lenoato to make Claudio believe he had to spend the rest of his life with a complete stranger. In a way, Leonato got his revenge on Claudio for shaming him and his daughter. In Much Ado About Nothing, the point that Shakespeare seems to be making is that deception is not necessarily evil, but can be used to create pleasurable outcomes. The tricks themselves do not hold any moral values. People use tricks to get want they want, therefore it is the quality of the individual waho uses trickery that determines the type of outcome. The morality of deception is dependent on the morality of the
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