A Critical Research Paper about William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare, is a dramatic production that uses the tools of deception and humor under the category of comedy. As defined by Paul N. Siegel, “A comic play is usually accepted to be a light-hearted play with a happy conclusion.” Yet, Shakespearian tragic plays often use deception as a method to damage the role of the hero. In other Shakespearian tragedies like Othello and Richard III, deception is one of the main tools used to gain a victory over the hero. A Shakespearian tragedy is defined to be a hero afflicted with moral or emotional weight that ends in his or her destruction or discontent. But the use of deceit in this play is encouraged to discover “true love” and identity, which Shakespeare intended to do, and thus present a happy ending.In this play, deceit does not end up destroying the hero but aided him; which can make Much Ado About Nothing uniquely classified as a tragicomedy, in that it intermingles the standard subject matter and typical plot-forms of deceit in tragedy and happiness in comedy to ironically build a character’s identity while keeping a positive ending.
Deception as an ingredient in Shakespeare's plays takes an assortment of styles. For most of Shakespeare's heroes, the dishonesty of their loved ones ends up destroying them. Other members deceive themselves and eventually believe they are something they are not. Although deception is commonly brought up through some type of cover up, it is more often given through language. It has the power to make characters act differently and subject themselves to pain and confusion while trying to battle moral and emotional conflict. Deception has always been a great tool to enhance the plot line of any story and give the audience someone to love as well as hate; which supplies better intrigue toward major and minor scenes and characters.
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