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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 Benedick into believing that Beatrice loves him Hero and Ursula trick Beatrice into thinking Benedick 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 Benedick being manipulated to believe Beatrice is in love with him This trickery is carried out playfully by Don Pedro Leonato and Claudio They realise Benedicks 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 Benedick and Beatrice In Act II Scene iii the men accomplish this by way of waiting for Benedick to be within ears reach then raising the topic of Leonatos niece Beatrice Don Pedros reference about your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Benedick helps to accomplish such manipulation This scheme is completed when this is overheard by Benedick 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 Benedick but Beatrice becomes the focus of the scheme Like Benedick Beatrices 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 Benedick would
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