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How does Shakespeare present the theme of Deception in Much Ado About Nothing?

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laxsuperstar12 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM via web

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How does Shakespeare present the theme of Deception in Much Ado About Nothing?

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare presents the theme of deception using Don John and Beatrice.

Don John is the anatagonist, and naturally he is going to do evil things. He is deceptive to Claudio; he tells him false facts about his wife Hero in order to sabotage their marriage.

Beatrice shows some deceptive qualities, asking Benedick to kill Claudio. When around Claudio, Beatice was herself, but behind the scenes, she was like a snake asking Benedick if he had done it yet and why is he reluctant to do so.

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