In this novel, deception is a term that is used for both good and evil. It is used to mask identities or essentially hide the overall truth from someone. In this day and age, a new form of deceit has been formed through the internet known as "catfishing". “But over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating” (McCarthy). In a way, this relates to how a character in Much Ado About Nothing could deceive another person in hopes that they wouldn’t find out. People now mask their identity using social media, which is the same thing as in the novel except, they did not have a screen in front of their faces. Deception is something real which still continues today and was present in the
His surrender reveals his internal workings and mindset, but it also provides a deeper understanding of Much Ado About Nothing in quite a few different ways. Benedick’s deception of himself and subsequent sacrifice is evident of a major theme of the play. There are many kinds of deception. Some are easily labeled as evil, such as Don John’s plot to make Claudio mistake Margaret for Hero, but some are beneficent. While it might seem as if there is a dichotomy of good deception and evil deception, the reality is that there is a kind of grey-area. It is difficult to distinguish what is good and bad, and as a result, there is much confusion amongst the characters. Even Benedick deceiving himself is not clearly one or the other. While his protections are to keep his heart safe, he comes off as arrogant and plays into the stereotype of a typical single man. In protecting himself, he hurts others. Benedick constantly belittles Claudio for wanting to give up life as a stag soldier, and it is implied that Benedick had caused Beatrice pain in a previous courtship, perhaps turning her to her anti-marital sentiments. Deception being a grey-area subject matter leads the audience to the conclusion that many of the characters of Much Ado About Nothing are two-faced. Nothing is as simple as it seems; Benedick comes off as cruel because of the veil
Trickery and deceit is the way of life. But love somehow played a huge part in Much Ado About Nothing,simply because this story was full of conflicts that soon became solutions because of the fact that trickery and deceit was used as a plan that changed everything of a lifetime.
Human nature causes them to trick or deceive others for their own individual benefits leading them to ruin others’ lives. The two texts, William Shakespeare's play, 'Much Ado About Nothing' and Mark Water's film, 'Mean Girls', although set in distinct time periods, explore the concept of trickery and deceit. Both texts illustrate that all deception comes with a consequence and infidelity and deception can also have an impact on yours and others reputation and noting can be used to deceit others. Even though, both texts feature different setting and storyline, they still share some similarities and differences.
Hero express that you must manipulate someone's love life no matter the consequences when she explains, “some cupids kill with arrows, some with traps” (3.2.112). You must use trickery, to reveal their true feelings for the other person. In Much Ado About Nothing trickery and deception are central themes in the play. At least, every character in this play have been a victim of trickery or deception. This comes to show that manipulation can reveal the true feelings and thoughts about one another.
A lesson that can never taught enough is to be careful of what you say about others. Miller demonstrates this with the characters of Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams, they are foil characters, meaning they are polar opposites and bring out the worst in each other. Elizabeth is a strong Christian woman who doesn 't hardly hold a grudge against anyone, always tells the truth, and is selfless. Abigail however is full of hate and revenge, lies to get what she wants, and thinks she runs the town of Salem during the trials.The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play set in the 1600’s in the puritan village of Salem, Massachusetts. This play shows how a little lie can spread into something uncontrollable and out of hand.
Throughout Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare develops the theme of deception through Beatrice and Benedick, who change their points of view on how life should be lived as a result of their experiences.
“Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite—it is a passionate exercise ” (Shanley). John Patrick Shanley wrote the play Doubt, which takes place in a Catholic Church and school in Bronx, New York during1964. In Doubt, the school’s strict and heinous principal, Sister Aloysius is convinced that the priest, Father Flynn, is expressing inappropriate behavior towards Donald Muller, who is the school’s first black student. To help aid Sister Aloysius in finding proof about the conviction and keeping a close eye out for students, the naïve teacher, Sister James, is indecisive on whom to believe in this situation, but she still provides insight to both Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn. As the situation thickens, Sister Aloysius is using all of her power
The definition of human nature often serves as a quick and a prominent explanation for how people behave under a variety of circumstances within their cultural boundaries. Similarly, in William Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing” the 16th century Sicilian culture in which the characters live in, defines the complex relationships and interactions that shape characters human nature in this dramatic comedy. In comparison, I have often heard people refer to the nature of humans in the 21st century, as a way to distinguish a person’s violent actions under wartime circumstances. In “Much Ado About Nothing” the culture of social and wartime influence is defined through the relationships and interactions between characters with the heart and mind of the characters in constant conflict.
The play “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, is about a group of friends in a small town and later on have to deal with one of their friends who had type 1 diabetes and passed away. The play takes place mostly in a hair salon in a town called Chinquapin, Louisiana. Truvy Jones is the owner of the hair salon and is looking to hire when Annelle Dupuy comes in and asks for the job. Truvy is amazed at Annelle’s hair styling skills and instantly hires her. Later on, comes in M’lynn Eatenton and her daughter Shelby, who is having a wedding on that same day so they both decide to get their hair done, Clairee Belcher also appears at the hair salon to get her hair done. Later on, Ouiser comes in the salon and is immediately suspicious of Annelle because
As humans we all have been where rumors have been spread about us or where we do the opposite. They, however, all tend to do some harm to us and it can cause certain conflicts to occur during the process. Death can be the outcome of something like this because this did happen to three innocent people. They were all wrapped up in a bed of lies that ended their lives sooner than expected.
The common aim of playwrights of any time or location is to capture and hold the attention of their audience; this is what Shakespeare has clearly done. The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, is one of Shakespeare 's most renowned plays. Through construction of intriguing characters, exploration of universal themes, use of comic relief and a well-written script featuring a compelling plot, Shakespeare ensured the tragedy of Othello would hold the interest of the audience; despite being over four centuries old. It possesses so many conditions that can be accentuated to hit nerves with both a Shakespearean and modern audience. The entire plot of Othello is very much like the attitudes and methods of our modern day society.
Gossiping is a very known issue that happens everyday today. Gossiping is the act of talking idly. When gossiping, people usually talk about the personal or private affairs of others. I know this from recent observations, which happen to be at school and also experience because I myself gossip occasionally. For example, people gossip about who wants to fight who, who is now pregnant and still in high school, or simply about the kid who stapled his finger. The gossiping in the play was worse
Act 3, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Othello embodies a pivotal point in the play, as it is a transition act that grounds the foundation of Iago’s development as an antagonist and the play’s development as a tragedy. In fact, Othello is written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century. In Act 3 Scene 3, Iago begins his insinuations of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona, which petition Othello to consider the likelihood of Desdemona’s infidelity and Cassio’s disloyalty. In this particular scene, Shakespeare makes meticulous use of linguistic and dramatic techniques to characterise Iago as an scheming, deceptive and hypocritical antagonist.
What seems to be a comedy play for an audience who enjoys a theatre with good humor and romance, “Much Ado About Nothing” contains much more than just entertainment. If we dig in deep, William Shakespeare’s play has much more than a tragic story with happy ending; even that is debatable. The theme of this play revolves around deception, plotting against your own, personal gains and rejection. The audience may understand the concept of love and romance flowing within the characters because it was to portrayed that way but the critics would argue the fact that some of the characters like Beatrice and Benedick were made to fall in love with each other through deception. As simple as the characters were, the situations arousing in the play became more complexed as scenes passed by. What led to the trouble and chaos in the play also led to the solution in the end, when Claudio and Don Pedro were deceived into thinking by Don John that Hero was unfaithful. That very same idea also solved the problem in the end when Leonato, Hero’s father, deceived Claudio by making him believe that she is dead and that it is his duty to clear Hero’s name by reading out on her tomb and marrying the said niece who looks just like Hero. Again the plotting against own is present where the said niece turns out to be Hero and she comes back to life again.