Much Ado About Nothing

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The play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare consists of many themes which grow out of the ‘game of love'. The two main themes consist of perception and deception. Through the plot complications, character development and dramatic techniques these themes can be explored. In the play deception is shown on both good and evil sides, the game of love between Beatrice and Benedick and the Don John plot to split up Hero and Claudio. Perception is a theme used in most of Shakespeare's plays. Perceptive views by the characters help portray the game of love. Hero is perceived as dead which then Claudio is sorry and feels for her. Beatrice and Benedick's loved is clouded by each other's perceptions and arguments.

Deception is one of
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"Well you are a rare parrot teacher," Benedick says.
"I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer: but keep your way a God's name. I have done," Beatrice replies. Later we perceive that they love each other,
"by this day, she's a fair lady, I do spy some marks of love in her." Throughout the play Beatrice and Benedick are hiding their love due to prior perceptions. The Characters of Beatrice and Benedick are shifting and unstable characters. They are developed to be loving but due to other perceptions un loving but by the end of the play the have gained self knowledge and earned each other. William Shakespeare has used short, fast lines and ‘witty banter' to add humour which adds humour, lightens the mood and illustrates the two characters perceptions of each other. It also helps show their secret love beneath their arguments.

Deception and perception are two of the main themes that grow out of the game of love. Deception is showed on good and bad ends in the play. Bad deception is shown through Don Johns plan to disrupt Hero's and Claudio's relationship. Good deception is shown through the trickery used to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love. Perceptive views by the characters help portray the game of love. Hero is perceived as dead which then Claudio is sorry and feels for her. Beatrice and Benedick's loved is clouded by each other's perceptions and arguments. Perception and deception both grow

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