Tricks And Disguises In Much Ado About Nothing

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Explain the way in which the theme ‘tricks and disguises’ is central to the play Much Ado About Nothing? Main theme in Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare is Tricks and Disguises. Much Ado about nothing is a comedy like most of Shakespeare’s plays; the characters play tricks on each other throughout the play. Firstly this essay will discuss Don Pedro tricking and wining Hero for Claudio. Secondly this essay will examine Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio tricking Benedick into thinking that Beatrice love him and Hero and Ursula tricking Beatrice into thinking that Benedick is in love with her. And lastly this essay will highlight Don John and his sidekick Borachio tricking Claudio and Don Pedro into believing that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. To begin with, we must first discuss Don Pedro tricking and wining Hero for Claudio. Don Pedro and his soldiers win a battle and returns home back in to Messina to stay with Leonato. Don Pedro tells Leonato that Claudio showed good service in the battle. Claudio tells Benedick that he had fallen in love with hero when Don Pedro hears this; he offers to win Hero for Claudio. Don Pedro plan is to disguise himself as Claudio in the party in Leonato house, in the party everyone is wearing masks, and no one really knows who is who thereby no one will know that it is Don Pedro and he will use his romantic talk to impress Hero. “I know we shall have revelling tonight: I will assume thy part in some disguise, And tell fair Hero I am Claudio, And in her bosom I’ll unclasp my heart, And take her hearing prisoner with the force And strong encounter of my amorous tale. Then after, to her father will I break: And the conclusion is, she shall be thine. In practice let us put it presently.” ( ACT 1 SCENE 1, 275-283) This quote shows that Don Pedro will disguise himself as Claudio and then trick Hero; he will
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