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Much Ado About Nothing is a play that centers around the question and battle between deception and reality One first notices of the image of deception as we witness the masking and unmasking at the masquerade In the play most overhear discussions are deceptions It is through eavesdropping that we see the true battle between deception and reality as we look at the subplots of Benedick and Beatrice Hero and Claudio as well as the comedy of Dogberry and his crew The relationship between Benedick and Beatrice is one manufactured completely through deception on the behalf of their friends Though the plot to unite them was planned many of the problems that arose were because of things that were overheard accidentally or on purpose In Act II Scene 3 Benedick is deceived into thinking that Beatrice loves him because of the speech in the garden between Leonato Claudio and Don Pedro Beatrice is sent to fetch Benedick for dinner and Benedick notes some marks of love in her and he decides to take pity upon her and return her love In Act III Scene 1 Beatrice is deceived as she overhears Hero and Ursula talk of Benedicks affection for her Beatrice then decides to allow herself to be tamed by Benedicks loving hand and return his love Beatrice and Benedick re made to fall in love through the deception of those around them and ironically find happiness more readily than Claudio and Hero The relationship between Claudio and Hero is a seemingly pure and happy one at the start of the play but as the play goes on we witness the emergence of deception into their relationship as well The deception starts as Borachio reports to Don John of a conversation he overheard between Claudio and Don Pedro At the ball while Don Pedro is dancing with Hero in hopes of wooing her for Claudio Don John and Borachio move in to convince Claudio
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