The plot of Much Ado About Nothing is an elaborate network of schemes andtricks. This statement is confirmed throughout Much Ado About Nothing. Theplay contains many examples of tricks and schemes that are used to manipulatethe thoughts and feelings of characters. The major examples of such manipulationinclude- Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato tricking Bene*censored* into believingthat 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 muchmanipulation. For instance Don John and Borachio trick Claudio and the Princeinto believing Hero is unfaithful. As in the tradition of Shakespeare, the Friardeceives everybody into thinking Hero is dead. An instance of trickery involvesBene*censored* being manipulated to believe Beatrice is in love with him. Thistrickery is carried out playfully by Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio. Theyrealise Bene*censored*’s stubbornness in Act II Scene iii, when he states manis a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to love. Due to this stubbornnessDon 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 forBene*censored* to be within ears reach, then raising the topic of Leonato’sniece Beatrice. Don Pedros reference about your niece Beatrice was in lovewith Signor Bene*censored*. helps to accomplish such manipulation. Thisscheme is completed when this is overheard by Bene*censored*, and due to hisinsecurity about love he falls for their trick, thus loving Beatrice.
Anotherexample of manipulation that is closely related to the one involving Bene*censored*but Beatrice becomes the focus of the scheme. Like Bene*censored*, Beatrice’sfeelings about love are strong and opposing. When she states “Not till Godmake men of some other mettle than earth” she assumes that her desiredpartner does not exist. Hero and Ursula believe that Bene*censored* would make agood husband for Beatrice and as a result of this, they plan a scheme to bringabout love between Beatrice and Bene*censored*. Hero and Ursula accomplish theirscheme in Act III Scene i.
Their scheme is concluded by means of discussing thatthey have heard that Bene*censored* loves Beatrice greatly. Beatrice overhearsthis and thinks the combination of her and Bene*censored*s wit andintelligence would make a successful match. Beatrice displays her free will whenmaking this decision. The most significant trick employed during the play iscarried out in Act IV Scene i; this trick is crucial because it adds theuncertainty and action to fulfil the requirements of a romantic comedy.
Don Johnand Borachio manipulate Claudio and the Prince into believing that Hero isunfaithful the night before she is to be wed. Don John and Borachio achieve thisvia Borachio setting up a meeting of himself and Margaret in Hero’s room, thusMargaret portrays herself unknowingly as Hero. Don John then proceeds toconvince Don Pedro and Claudio that he has received word of Hero’sunfaithfulness. Claudio is without complications convinced, due to his insecureand influential nature. Don Pedro is also easily convinced because he feelsloyalty between his brother and himself. This trick culminates on Claudio andHero’s wedding day when Claudio accuses and disgraces Hero.
Additionalmanipulation succeeds the deceit of Claudio by Don John. In Act IV Scene i,after Hero is accused of being unfaithful, the Friar decides that she shouldjust play dead until she is proven innocent. As in the tradition of Shakespeare,the Friar deceives everyone into believing that Hero died from the humiliationand shock of being disgraced on her wedding day. The deception carried out bythe Friar is vital to the happy ending of the romantic comedy. It leads toanother trick where Claudio is lead to believe that he is marrying Heroscousin but ends up marrying Hero herself. The plot of Much Ado AboutNothing is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks.
This statement isconfirmed throughout the play as in the examples previously discussed. The playis based around these tricks and schemes and is crucial for the plot developmentand for Much Ado About Nothing to fit into the genre of a romantic comedy.Therefore the plot of Much Ado About Nothing is an elaborate network ofschemes and tricks.Shakespeare