Much Ado About Nothing1

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Much Ado About Nothing1



The plot of “Much Ado About Nothing” is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks. This
statement is confirmed throughout “Much Ado About Nothing”. The play contains many
examples of tricks and schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of
characters. The major examples of such manipulation include- Don Pedro, Claudio and
Leonato tricking Bene*censored* into believing that Beatrice loves him, Hero and Ursula
trick Beatrice into thinking Bene*censored* is in love with her. The relationship between
Claudio and Hero also endures much manipulation. For instance Don John and Borachio trick
Claudio and the Prince into believing Hero is unfaithful. As in the tradition of
Shakespeare, the Friar deceives everybody into thinking Hero is dead.


An instance of trickery involves Bene*censored* being manipulated to believe Beatrice is
in love with him. This trickery is carried out playfully by Don Pedro, Leonato and
Claudio. They realise Bene*censored*'s stubbornness in Act II Scene iii, when he states
“man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to love.” Due to this stubbornness Don
Pedro, Leonato and Claudio must devise a way of attaining the love amid Bene*censored* and
Beatrice. In Act II Scene iii the men accomplish this by way of waiting for Bene*censored*
to be within ears reach, then raising the topic of Leonato's niece Beatrice. Don Pedro’s
reference about “your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Bene*censored*.” helps to
accomplish such manipulation. This scheme is completed when this is overheard by
Bene*censored*, and due to his insecurity about love he falls for their trick, thus loving
Beatrice.


Another example of manipulation that is closely related to the one involving
Bene*censored* but Beatrice becomes the focus of the scheme. Like Bene*censored*,
Beatrice's feelings about love are strong and opposing. When she states "Not till God make
men of some other mettle than earth" she assumes that her desired partner does not exist.
Hero and Ursula believe that Bene*censored* would make a good husband for Beatrice and as
a result of this, they plan a scheme to bring about love between Beatrice and
Bene*censored*. Hero and Ursula accomplish their scheme in Act III Scene i. Their scheme
is concluded by means of discussing that they have heard that Bene*censored* loves
Beatrice greatly. Beatrice overhears this and thinks the combination of her and
Bene*censored*’s wit and intelligence would make a successful match. Beatrice displays her
free will when making this decision.


The most significant trick employed during the play is carried out in Act IV Scene i; this
trick is crucial because it adds the uncertainty and action to fulfil the requirements of
a romantic comedy. Don John and Borachio manipulate Claudio and the Prince into believing
that Hero is unfaithful the night before she is to be wed. Don John and Borachio achieve
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