Much Ado about Nothing

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Growing up, children have been taught to not be dishonest or lie to one another. They are taught that deceiving others unethical and it was frowned upon as a negative trait. However, just as anything can be good or bad, deception, misleading and lying can be used in a more positive aspect as long as the motives for doing so were good. Hateful deception is used to ruin people's lives whereas benign deception is used to enhance the lives of others. Both types of deception, affect an individual’s life, happiness and relationship with other individuals. In William Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare develops the idea that deceptions do not always have to be malevolent. Deception, either intentional or not, can be used in a comic or playful effect and can affect an individual’s thoughts or feelings. It takes many forms, whether it is through misinterpretation, manipulation or even purposely thought out schemes. These different forms of tricks can ultimately lead to entertainment and the pursuit of happiness or disaster and heartbreak. Many of the main characters in the play are a victim to trickery and deception and it is because of this that they act the way they do. They all have different motives for deceiving one another, however it is mostly used to obtain happiness amongst one another Overall deception plays a huge role in the pursuit of happiness. The play, Much Ado about Nothing, is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks. These scheme manipulate the thoughts and feelings of others in order to achieve certain motivations. One example of manipulation involves the complicated relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. The prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, is a matchmaker in the play and enjoys helpings his fr... ... middle of paper ... ...or benign. Each has their own cause and effect, some positive and some negative. Although in Much Ado about Nothing, deception is used comically and playfully to achieve certain motives, there are times where it is used malevolently. These hateful deception and lies can lead to heartbreak and disaster. It enables loss of trust in one another and conflict between the characters. However, these deceptions add to the plays entertainment and comedy. There are various examples of playful deception and misunderstandings as well. These scenarios throughout the play, each main character witnesses the acts of deception, whether good or bad. There characters were able to learn from certain misinterpretations. Overall, Deception has a large role in the pursuit for happiness. Not everything is able to come easily. There will be hardships but in the end, it makes it worthwhile

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