How does Shakespeares use of disguise and misinterpretation of human nature link to comedy?
In Much Ado about Nothing; Shakespeare uses disguise and misinterpretation through comedy to present human nature in different aspects. Shakespeare’s use of misinterpretations shapes the play and makes it pleasurable for the audience as well as entertaining. There is perplexity between lovers, the encounter of sexes, and the restoration of love and marriage. Shakespeare uses incessant word play, and constant mockery between key characters to portray the comedic effect. An example of constant mockery could be the ‘merry war’ between Beatrice and Benedick which continues throughout the entire play.
Early on in the play Claudio and Hero fall in love at first sight. This leads Don Pedro to act like Claudio offering to woo Hero evidently fooling her at the masked ball. This is dramatic irony because the audience know who the masked characters are but the actual characters don’t. This adds to the discourse comedy of the play because the characters are using different identities whilst protecting their real selves also the characters can actually gain somewhat such as what the other characters think of them. However, this plan could also be portrayed as disingenuous and untruthful because Don Pedro woos Hero due to his status and the fact that he is able to speak with royalty unlike Claudio.
Don Pedro is the most elusive character in the play. He never explains his motivations for instance wooing Hero for Claudio during the masked ball. Claudio seems to have taken Benedick’s statement of ‘The prince hath got your Hero,’ trying to suggest that Don Pedro deceived him and that they’re having an affair. This links with misinterpretation because he sent Don Pedro to help him out not to deceive him. It is within human nature to naturally believe anything which could prove a woman to be wrong or immoral, setting the males on a higher standard, which was more than conventional in...