Topics: Love, Much Ado About Nothing, Marriage Pages: 1 (289 words) Published: February 26, 2014
Much Ado About Nothing Essay
Deception is a moral interlaced throughout the duration of the play, Much Ado About Nothing.There are instances in which deception is harmful to the fullest extent and instances where it is harmless. Regardless whether deception is harmful or not throughout the play, there is a consequence in each scenario.

One example of harmless deception where it actually works to one’s advantage is when Don Pedro,Leonato, and Claudio, are discussing a false fact about Beatrice’s love for Benedick and Benedick overhears them. Benedick prior to this had decided to live life as an everlasting bachelor, but after overhearing their conversation, he changed his plans. Beatrice and Benedick had always been at eachother’s necks ,but Benedick has decided to use some charming techniques towards Beatrice. He realizes he loves Beatrice after all. "Come hither Leonato, what was it you told me of today that your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Benedick

An example of harmful deception is when Claudio is tricked by Don John into believing Hero is being unfaithful before the wedding. At the wedding, Claudio follows up with an outburst “ O Hero!What a Hero hadst thou been! If half thy outward graces had been placed About thy thoughts and counsels of thy heart! But fare thee well, most foul,most fair,farewell Thou pure impiety and impious purity. For thee I’ll lock up all the gates of love, And on my eyelids shall conjecture hang To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm, And never shall it be more gracious.” Claudio is outraged and has berated Hero in front of Messina. The marriage is off as a consequence, and Hero has fallen into a depression.
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