Much to Do with Deception Essay

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“Much To Do With Deception”
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
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He says, “To be sure, Shakespeare has previously capitalized upon the humor of love’s mocker –becoming love’s victim.” This uncovers the depth behind the role of deception in their character roles. What might be seen as an evil, mocking and malicious act has molded the way both Benedick and Beatrice see love and see each other. Deception has aided their development as lovers and believers of love though it is usually meant to destroy. Forever, Benedict is a “victim of love” based on deception and mockery. It is a very clever way that Shakespeare uses tragedy’s weapon of deception as Benedick’s crutch here. Playwriting, now, isn’t limited to how deception can be used but can rather choose to use it for anything.
The second instance of tragedy’s deception for character’s benefit is seen in Act Three. Hero, ironically the heroine in the play, and Ursula also attempt to fool Beatrice into accepting Benedick. They boasted about how great he is “praise him more than ever man did merit” (3.3.19). Champion used this portion has a key to how the perception of others often shapes character’s perception of things. While she too was eavesdropping and overheard the words of Hero and Ursula, she accepts the idea of loving Benedick. In her soliloquy, she speaks about the idea of Benedick’s attraction to her and is willing to change her feelings so that they can be united.
Deception doesn’t destroy

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