Shakespeare in both the “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Othello” uses the theme of deception. Deception is used to show tragedy and comedy in both plays. In ‘Othello”, the theme is established around the villain character Iago, who uses deception to take advantage of other characters. Iago is a true deceiver and understands his best weapon is the ‘victim’ trusts (Shakespeare 88). The theme of deception is demonstrated via Iago because he is represented as a smart and quick-witted character. Other characters such as Cassio, Roderigo and Othello become the victims of his deception. In addition, Roderigo loves Desdemona, but is fooled that he has the potential to win her (Shakespeare and Gayle 378). However, after Roderigo expectations fail, he becomes desperate and broke.
Similarly, in “Much Ado About Nothing”, the theme of deception is demonstrated through Don John, whose work leads to distrust and conflict. The villain is determined to ensure that everybody, including his brother is unhappy. He also tricks Beatrice and Benedick, as D
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