10 Best Shakespeare Plays, Why they are Popular

Each play of Shakespeare’s is a masterpiece in itself. There are almost forty plays which William Shakespeare has left behind, and there are some plays which he has prepared with the collaboration of John Fletcher and some others, and it will be untruthful to assert that they all have equivalent ‘classic’ eminence among Bard’s exertion. There are ten plays which are some of the most reread, talked- about, adapted, and performed plays.

Romeo and Juliet

         Romeo and Juliet is a tale of doomed romance. Two souls (children of mortal enemies fall in love with each other) begin to love each other. One of the innumerable motives ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is still so prevalent, because the themes of the play are universal. One of the universal themes as love and hate which can result in deadly and destructive results because it can compel human beings to do outrageous things. Love and hatred are inseparable parts of a human’s life and he cannot be separated from these emotions irrespective of the age. Hate and Love is unsurprisingly the play’s central and most imperative theme as the play emphasizes on idealistic love, explicitly the penetrating chemistry that appears at first sight between Juliet and Romeo and also on the animosity between the two families, the Capulets, and Montagues.

In Romeo and Juliet, love is a ferocious, overpowering, and exciting force that removes all other beliefs, passions, and loyalties. In the development of the play, the young lovers are obsessed to confront their whole communal world: rulers, families, and friends. In the last scene, both Juliet and Romeo perish because they both consider that the other has departed.

In Romeo and Juliet, love is a ferocious, overpowering, and exciting force that removes all other beliefs, passions, and loyalties. In the development of the play, the young lovers are obsessed to confront their whole communal world: rulers, families, and friends. In the last scene, both Juliet and Romeo perish because they both consider that the other has departed.

“What light from yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun!”.

This quotation, in the arrangement of soliloquy, has exposed that he is fascinated with the sentiment. When Romeo met Juliet, he began to love each other. William Shakespeare has depicted how love is a powerful emotion that takes the place of all other emotions. When Romeo begins to love Juliet, he forgets that she is the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy, he remembers only one thing that she is his life (love). The same case is with hatred. Hatred is revealed as a powerful force as love is depicted. Though Romeo’s love for Juliet averts him from firstly entering into a combat with Tybalt, after his friend Mercutio, he becomes enraged. Animosity and wrath lead to the necessity for vengeance. In Act 3, Scene 1, abhorrence is portrayed as such an uncontrollable force.

Both love and hatred are portrayed as powerful and similar forces. Love and hatred are such forces that can control a person and his decisions. The route of animosity which has been constructed by the two battling families directs the devotees to their death. In this play, love arises as an unscrupulous thing, which leads to destruction as it leads to happiness. The themes of hatred and love are very crucial throughout the entire play. The two themes are connected, and they have consequences that go indeed well together. Both Romeo and Juliet do extreme things because of hatred and love. Thus, William Shakespeare has effectively expounded how two of the most sensed human feelings, affection, and hatred, can lead people to do extreme things. This depiction is the cause of the popularity of this play.


         Macbeth is one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. It is significant today because jealousy, ambition, and greed are still part of human nature as was in Shakespeare’s times. People are still driven by jealousy, greed, and ambition today, and they want to do everything to get power and wealth. Macbeth wants to be king and some people want to get power and wealth.

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?
No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red”

 This quotation from the play is significant because it explains Macbeth’s mind that he cannot stop killing after his first murder of his king. The route of greed leads to more greed and jealousy. The above quote also represents the imagery of blood which is the foundation to achieve wealth and ambition. Macbeth wants to become the king of his country and he also kills his king to achieve his goal. But this murder leads to many lies and murders and consequently, he achieves his ambition. His queen Lady Macbeth is also driving force to compel Macbeth to snatch power from the king by killing him.

One of the themes in Macbeth is divination. The plot is progressed forward by the predictions of the witches and it encourages Macbeth to kill his king. The prophecies also lead to Macbeth’s demise in the combat with Macduff. Another theme of the play is remorse and guilt. Such emotions are the ultimate consequences of greed and jealousy. In the end, both (Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have different means to deal with their remorse and this demonstrates how the characters grow.

The play has conveyed that when the violence is used to attain something it is terrible to stop the violence which is the reaction of the violence and destruction. Macbeth is still famous because the themes are still relevant. These emotions are the basic nature of human beings and they will like to read about them till their existence on the earth. Shakespeare imparts us instructions that can be used today with his characters. He has explored human nature and human nature has been the same throughout history.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plans to kill King, they have their ambition before their eyes but they forget that this temporary violence can bring permanent violence in their lives. They do not consider their guilt. Although, in the end, both are remorseful yet it becomes too late for them to recover the things. Shakespeare has rightly explained life that it is a tale told by an idiot in which there is nothing signified thing. Macbeth becomes blind because of his greed and jealousy. Macbeth is an amplification of the jeopardies that come with unlimited ambition and greed but is still applicable today due to man’s helplessness to use restraint and control when it comes to yearning. Macbeth is more relevant today because now everybody is running behind the wealth and power and no one sees whether the way which leads to the attainment of the ambition is right or wrong. This relevance makes it more popular in the modern and money-oriented world.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

        A Midsummer Night’s Dream is comedy play with a simple plot. It is popular for its simple and comic plot. In its comic practice, it includes a lot of the matters, themes, and the plot that Romeo and Juliet have in the tragic arrangement. In Romeo and Juliet, the craziness of love causes them to death (suicide), and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it directs them to misperception, confusion in the woods, thoughts, imaginary, and an optimistic comic purpose. It is one of the shortest plays and it is considered as one of the profound plays because it deals with imagination, fairies, and power of art.

  Shakespeare has Theseus in play and it referred to Queen Elizabeth in the sequence of the play. Queen Elizabeth had not married, and she had not fallen in love and consequently avoided yearning. In some ways, it is about the obligation of masculine power over women, about the sightlessness of masculine power.

This play is still popular because it is about irrationality, imagination, love, and dreams. These things are very relevant and associated with human beings. These emotions cannot be separated from them. One of Shakespeare’s finest-loved comedies, this play is about ‘the progression of true love’ and how it does never run smoothly and easily. The captivating story of fairies and magic has stimulated some uncommon versions. Love is the leading theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a subject to which Shakespeare proceeds frequently in his comedies. Shakespeare discovers how people incline to fall in love and warmth with those who seem attractive and beautiful to them. The play conveys that real love is between souls such love is not superficial because it is not based on physical attraction.

The play also asserts that marriage is the true gratification of idealistic love. All the injured relationships have been arranged at the end of Act IV, and Act V, it helps to rejoice the entire impression of marriage in an essence of cheerful happiness. The complete and steady love of Theseus and Hippolyta is compared with the association of Oberon and Titania, whose quarreling has such an undesirable influence on the world around them. It is still popular because many people elope to get married when their parents put obstacles in the path of their love.

In Athens, Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is arranging his marriage with Hippolyta and a wedding festival. Egeus arrives, tracked by his daughter Hermia, along with her beloved Lysander, and her suitor Demetrius. Egeus says to Theseus that Hermia declines to wed Demetrius, she wants to marry Lysander. He requests for the right to castigate Hermia with death if she rejects to submit.

Theseus decides that Hermia must follow her father, and terrify her with either becoming a nunnery or wedding the man her father has selected. Lysander complaints, but is mastered by the law. Expecting to get courtesy with Demetrius, Helena agrees to express him about the plot. But the story gets entangled and creates comic elements for the audience.

King Lear

        The timeless portrait of sibling rivalry, family dysfunction, and lack of communication among the family members make it popular play. All these sides add to the universality of King Lear as a calamity. Although it is about the kings’ princess yet it is relevant to human beings.

 The central plot of Lear and the subplot of Gloucester deliver an instance of equivalent plotting that creates relevance in the current society. Lear and Gloucester both begin a voyage toward refurbishment for their deficiency of capacity to communicate with their families specifically due to that lack of communicative ability. It is Cordelia who delivers the enlightening vision this time when she detects that

“We are not the first
Who with the best meaning has incurred the worst” (5.3.4-5)?

Lear wants to divide and hands over his kingdom to one who expresses intense love. He thinks that the one who loves him so much can bind the family, but he is wrong. Many misunderstandings lead to confusion in the play because the characters do not communicate.

The play also asserts that marriage is the true gratification of idealistic love. All the injured relationships have been arranged at the end of Act IV, and Act V, it helps to rejoice the entire impression of marriage in an essence of cheerful happiness. The complete and steady love of Theseus and Hippolyta is compared with the association of Oberon and Titania, whose quarreling has such an undesirable influence on the world around them. It is still popular because many people elope to get married when their parents put obstacles in the path of their love.

Lear asks his three daughters Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia about how much they love their father. Goneril and Regan express their love in words, and they communicate what they want to say. But Cordelia does not communicate what she wants to convey and this leads the tragedy. It is popular today because many people suffer loss because they do not communicate their intentions. King Lear also describes the division between haves and haves- not which is still relevant. Edmund’s prolonged soliloquy which opens the second scene of the first act, it discloses obviously the conflicting values that not only happened between the haves and have-nots of his own time, those values are also relevant for the identical two levels of class today.


Hamlet is one of the masterpieces of Shakespeare. It describes the psychological turmoil of a prince. The themes of greed, over- mediation in taking decisions, and psychological turmoil are important themes that have been captivating the readers. In the modern age also, there are many Hamlets who are going through such psychological turmoil and fears. On a shadowy winter night, the ghost speaks to Hamlet and tells him that he is his father and that he was slain by Claudius. He orders Hamlet to seek vengeance on the man who seized his throne and wedded his wife.

  Prince Hamlet dedicates himself to take revenge for his father’s death because he is meditative and thoughtful by nature, he defers but this delay takes him in apparent madness and deep melancholy. Claudius and Gertrude are worried about the prince’s inconsistent conduct and try to realize its cause. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are employed by the king and queen to watch him know the reason for his madness.

When Polonius, the arrogant Lord Chamberlain, advocates that Hamlet is mad in love for his daughter, Ophelia, Claudius decides to spy on Hamlet in discussion with the girl. But though Hamlet surely looks mad, he does not appear as he loves Ophelia: he gives the order to her to enter a nunnery and announces that he wants to ban weddings.

There are some individuals who are traveling actors who come to Elsinore, and Hamlet plans an idea to check his uncle’s fault. He will have the actors to do a scene that thoroughly resembles the arrangement by which Hamlet envisions his uncle to have killed his father. He thinks that if Claudius is criminal, he will certainly respond. When the stage of the murder arrives in the theater, Claudius rises and leaves the room. Hamlet and Horatio come to the result that this shows his fault. Hamlet goes to slay Claudius but catches him praying. Since he has faith in that murder of Claudius while in prayer will drive Claudius’s soul to paradise, Hamlet ponders that it will be insufficient revenge and resolves to wait. Claudius orders to send Hamlet to England because he has frightened of Hamlet’s psychosis and is afraid of his own protection.

By mistake Hamlet kills Polonius. He kills him by considering that he is Claudius. Now, Claudius has found the reason to send Hamlet to England, and he sends a message to the king of England of murdering Hamlet. Ophelia whom Hamlet loves goes mad because of her father Polonius. In the end, Hamlet takes his revenge, but he himself loses his life. This play is popular because it depicts the greediness of man how he can kill his brother to snatch his kingdom while his wife. Hamlet is very thoughtful. This over meditation deters him to kill Claudius when he has chances to kill him.

There are elements of fear, suspense, death, love, and revenge which make it popular. These things keep the readers captivated by its engaging story and exploration of human nature with its weaknesses. Hamlet’s psychological turmoil represents a common man’s mind when he is unable to decide what is right and what is wrong.

The Tempest

The Tempest is another masterpiece of William Shakespeare. In this play, he used the magic and supernatural elements to add colors to his play. Like other plays, this play also uncovers different shades of human emotions. This play is popular because of different elements such as magic, the desire for power, the importance of justice, the relationship between human beings, and the inhabitants of the magic world. The desire for power is also very relevant to human nature.

Every man wants to get power. Prospero has this power while Antonio has snatched this power forcefully and illegally. It is also popular because of the magic world which is used by Prospero to get back his power. A hurricane disabled a deliver that delivered King Alonso of Naples, his brother Sebastian and his son Ferdinand close to a Mediterranean island.

Through the island, Prospero, Milan’s former duke, and Miranda, his fifteen-year-old daughter, look into the rainstorm and debris. Miranda is afraid of the ship’s crew, but Prospero guarantees her that everything is good. He agrees to tell about his past that how twelve years earlier, his brother Antonio had overthrown him in a rebellion. With the assistance of Gonzalo, Prospero had absconded in a boat with Miranda and his books of enchantment. They voyaged to the island, build their home, and enslaved the only native with the spirits including Ariel, whom Prospero had liberated from the custody of a tree. As Miranda goes to sleep, Prospero tells his role in the wreckage with Ariel. They plan to take revenge from those who have snatched their throne who are on the shore.

But the King is despaired, thinking that Ferdinand, his son, has died. Ferdinand has truly reached securely on a different part of the island. He sees Miranda there and begins to love each other. Prospero is afraid of his daughter; he arrests Ferdinand and compels him to carry wood. During this, Ariel strives for his liberty. Prospero promises that he will release Ariel from slavery succeeding in the conclusion of some responsibilities. Music is magically used to keep the courtiers astray, while Antonio and Sebastian plan to kill the King while he is sleeping. Their effort is thwarted by Ariel. In another part of the island, the nervous court fool, Trinculo, has reached ashore and found Caliban. Trinculo tries to hide beside Caliban from an impending storm but Stephano finds them.

Ariel takes Antonio, Alonso, and Sebastian. Prospero pardons all three. Prospero’s previous title, Duke of Milan, is reestablished. Ariel draws the seamen from the ship. Caliban is apparently regretful and promises that he will do well. Stephano and Trinculo are scorned and led them away in shame by Prospero. Ariel is stated to supply desirable climate to direct the king’s deliver again to the royal armada, to Naples, wherein Ferdinand and Miranda may be wedded. Finally, Ariel is liberated and set free. This play is taken into consideration as Shakespeare’s farewell to the London stage. After it, he had started a collaboration with John Fletcher.


There are a number of factors that make it a masterpiece. Themes and characterization of Iago, Desdemona, and Othello have made this play popular. In the first place, the worldly atmosphere of the play had much to do with the element of tragedy in the play. In Othello, there is a narrow world of worldly values without any feelings of spirituality that can come to the relief of the characters. This play depicts how deception and jealousy can blind a person and ruin many lives. Iago hates Othello. He accuses that he has promoted Cassio while ignoring the merit and this causes hatred in Iago’s heart. He has a doubt, based on nothing but his own filthy thoughts, that by Othello he has been mistreated in the wedding life. Iago plans to ruin many lives. Hel leaves the particulars of his plot to be worked out or adapted as situations arise.

The first inevitability of the situation is that Cassio is reserved from the headquarters of the General. To shake this, he presents himself to be the friend of the expelled officer and advises him to take his appeal to Desdemona (wife of Othello) to interfere for his restoration.

By planning, so he brings Cassio into a sequence of action which may be symbolized to the moor as bargaining both himself and Desdemona. Iago pours under the guise of a friend poison in the ears of Othello that Desdemona’s real purpose is guilty love for Cassio.

One day hearing the approach of the general, Cassio cuts short his meeting with Desdemona and creeps away. Cassio’s intentions are pure. Iago spitefully draws the consideration of Othello to the identity of the departing figure by remarking:

“Ah, I like not that”

Desdemona who is a very loving and faithful wife of Othello chooses this somewhat inconvenient moment to press Cassio’s statements upon her husband that the disappeared suitor was Cassio, she does not try to hide it. With honest enthusiasm, she presses her view to him. Othello, seemingly glad for an excuse to reduce his severity on Cassio, willingly obeys:

“Pray thee, no more; let him come when he will
Will deny thee nothing”

Later, he says Desdemona to leave him alone for a little while with Emilia. He asks Emilia whether the individual was Cassio. She says yes. This suspicion begins to take the form of a monster that begins to swallow the love which is between Desdemona and Othello. Iago plans new things to make the suspicion strong. Then Iago shakes Othello’s sure earth of trust by giving attention to Desdemona’s strange preference for him, a suggestion of rank unrestrained nature. Othello is preoccupied with jealousy. Chaos has come. Iago tells him that in such a case circumstances can provide evidence; he only wants to make up his mind by weighing of likelihoods. He produces two pieces of evidence, one is that Cassio in his dream has talked of loving Desdemona and second is that Othello’s handkerchief has been seen in Cassio’s hands. Both are fabrications. Othello questions Desdemona as to the handkerchief unfortunately, she avoids the question as she does not know what has originated from it. This jealousy and suspicion end on the death of innocent Desdemona.

Henry IV

Henry IV is a historical play and it is popular because of its depiction of characters and the sequences of the actions which bring forth inner characters of the characters. Succeeding the actions of Shakespeare’s play, Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke has flourished to the throne of England as King Henry IV. During his rise, he was partly involved in the killing of his cousin, Richard II, in prison. To compensate for Richard’s death, Henry IV decides to lead a fight to Jerusalem. But his exit is prohibited by news of treachery and civil turbulence. His cousin, Edmund Mortimer, has been seized by Owen Glyndwr, a Welsh insurgent. There are also struggling movements in the north between the Earl of Douglas and Harry Hotspur, the aggressive son of one of Henry’s prior allies. King Henry repents that his own eldest son, Henry (known as Hal) devotes most of his time in the inns of London with vagrants and he does not good things which a prince has to do. The king stresses Hotspur’s commitment and aid against the Welsh. But Hotspur senses that the King has not been necessarily thankful to Hotspur’s family for assisting him in the past.

In the meantime, Prince Hal, at the Boar’s Head Tavern, plays with his friend, the senior, and bankrupted Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff pursues to get money (apparently by any means probable) to pay for his drinking routines. He plans to deprive a group of travelers. With his friends Nym and Bardolph, Falstaff carries out the robbery together. At the similar time, in camouflage, Hal and his friend

Points assaults Falstaff and imprisons the gold for them. Back at the inn, they disclose to Falstaff that they desire to fake him and were the ones who deprived him. Hal is ordered to call back to court in the middle of the civil battle. Hal and Falstaff play their imminent roles during the conversation between the stern King Henry and unruly Hal. Hal’s piercing explanations about his own anxious friends unsettle Falstaff. Hal defends Falstaff from the decree and returns the taken money to its possessors.

The civil wars take more serious forms as Hotspur connects with his father in constructing an alliance with the King’s other adversaries. All of them are envious of King Henry’s increasing power. Hotspur arrays to Shrewsbury to see his father’s crowds. Hal comes back to his father to create peace with him, and the King offers him a command in the army to meet Hotspur. When he is on the way, Hal meets Falstaff with a few scruffy men. Falstaff has lobbied these soldiers by taking enticements rather than registering more gifted men.

The King suggests forgiving and liberating Hotspur if he will extract his resistance to the throne. The northern multitudes have been incapable to influence Hotspur and Worcester, one of Hotspur’s fellow insurgents. Hotspur is guided by his ally, the Archbishop of York that he should not fight. Worcester, Hotspur’s collaborator, retains the information of the King’s proposal of liberty from Hotspur, and the fight of Shrewsbury arises.

Falstaff is afraid of his death in fight and surprises about the understanding in the following honor in altercation only for wound or demise. Hal fights fearlessly in the fight, defending his father from destruction in battle with Douglas, another insurgent. He even slays Hotspur. Falstaff, having affected death to escape from injury, asserts he was Hotspur’s defeater. The King’s powers win the day, and Worcester is fated to die. Hal releases Douglas, and Henry IV distributes his forces to keep battling against the rebellion. This is possibly Shakespeare’s most extensively acclaimed history play, although his play Henry V is also loved.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy and like other comedies, it is about human emotions such as love. It is popular for the presentation of the characters and the interlinked plot. The play starts with a nobleman named Orsino who is listening to the music in the kingdom of Illyria, who is craving for the love of Lady Olivia. He is unable to achieve her because she is in grieving for her dead brother and rejects to consider any proposals for a wedding. In the meantime, off the coast, a rainstorm has triggered a dreadful shipwreck. A young, noble-born lady named Viola is flounced onto the Illyrian seashore. When she finds herself alone on a strange land, she supposes that her twin brother, Sebastian, has been sunk in the wreckage, and attempts to figure out what kind of effort or labor she can do. A pleasant sea captain says her about Orsino’s engagement with Olivia, and Viola states that she desires; she can go to graft in Olivia’s home. But since Lady Olivia rejects to talk with any aliens, Viola resolves that she cannot see for effort with her. Instead, she agrees to mask herself as a gentleman, enchanting on the name of Cesario, and drives to work in the home of Duke Orsino.

Viola discovers herself falling in love with Orsino a problematic love to follow, as Orsino considers her to be a man. But when Orsino directs Cesario to bring Orsino’s love communications to the scornful Olivia, Olivia herself begins to love the beautiful young Cesario, trusting her to be a man. It takes the form of the love triangle: Viola falls in love with Orsino, Orsino falls in love with Olivia, and Olivia begins to love Cesario and everyone is depressed.

In the meantime, there are different contributors of Olivia’s household, her unruly drunkard uncle, Sir Toby, his silly pal Sir Andrew Aguecheek, who’s struggling in his desperate way to court Olivia; Olivia’s humorous and attractive waiting-gentlewoman, Maria. When Sir Toby and the others become angry at Malvolio’s endless troubles to spoil their fun, Maria contrives a useful witticism to make Malvolio ponder that Olivia has fallen in love with him. She copies a letter, supposedly from Olivia, talked to her dearly loved (whose name is indicated by the letters M.O.A.I.), saying him that if he wishes to earn her approval, he should wear yellow leggings, act arrogantly, smirk continuously, and declines to describe himself to anybody. Malvolio discovers the letter accepts that it is talked to him and, occupied with dreams of a wedding with Olivia and he will become honorable himself, and he happily follows its orders. He performs so extraordinarily that Olivia begins to think that he is mad.

In the meantime, Sebastian, who is alive and he also begins to believe that his sister has died. He lands in Illyria along with his protector and friend, Antonio. Antonio has taken care of Sebastian since the wreckage and is fervently (and perhaps sexually) committed to the young man.

Sir Andrew, perceiving Olivia’s fascination towards Cesario (who is Viola in disguise), defies Cesario for a contest. Sir Toby, who perceives the approaching duel as amusing fun, provokes Sir Andrew on. Conversely, when Sebastian who appears just like the concealed Viola, reaches on the scene, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby end to blows with Sebastian, considering that he is Cesario. Olivia arrives amid the misunderstanding. When she meets Sebastian, she thinks that he is Cesario, she requests him to wed with her. He is perplexed since he has never observed her before. However, he realizes that she is rich and good-looking, and therefore, he is ready to marry her. In the meantime, Antonio has been detained by Orsino’s soldiers and now pleads to Cesario for comfort, misidentifying him for Sebastian. All of a sudden, Viola has found that her brother is alive.

Malvolio’s imaginary insanity has permitted the delighted Maria, Toby, and others to catch Malvolio into a dark, and a small room for his dealing and they irritate him at will. Feste becomes “Sir Topas,” a cleric, and acts to inspect Malvolio, asserting him definitely as an insane in spite of his complaints. Though Sir Toby starts to think of the joke, and they permit Malvolio to refer a letter to Olivia, in which he requests to be unconstrained.

Ultimately, Viola (still camouflaged as Cesario) and Orsino go to Olivia’s house, where Olivia greets Cesario as her husband, considering him to be Sebastian, whom she has just wedded. Orsino is manic, but then Sebastian himself seems on the scene, and all is exposed. The relations are blissfully united, and Orsino apprehends that he has fallen in love with Viola. Now he has come to know that he is a woman and requests her to wed with him. It is disclosed that Sir Toby and Maria have gotten married secretly. Lastly, someone recollects Malvolio, and he is released from the darkroom. The trick is exposed in full, and the disillusioned Malvolio leaves the joyful couples to their festivity.

Much Ado About Nothing

The plot of Much Ado About Nothing is based upon thoughtful deceptions, malicious and malignant which can ruin the life of a woman but it also displays how deception can be used to uncover the hidden virtue and truth. The exploration of these emotions makes this play popular. But the deception has also been used to uncover the deceitful behaviors of Don John and other culprits. The deceiving of Don Pedro and Claudio results in Hero’s humiliation, while the deception of her death makes the way for her reconciliation and recovery with Claudio. In a more relaxed manner, Benedick and Beatrice are duped into considering that they love each other, and but in reality, they essentially begin to love each other as a result. Much Ado About Nothing displays that deceitfulness is not integrally evil, but something that can be utilized as a way to bad or good ends.

Sometimes, it is difficult to differentiate between bad and good deception. When Claudio reveals his aspiration to persuade Hero, Don Pedro depicts himself as Claudio to woo her for Claudio. At that moment, at the provocation of Don John, Claudio starts to distrust Don Pedro, thinking that he has been misled.

Just as the play’s spectators begin to consider, momentarily, in the impressions of the theater, consequently, the characters of the play become trapped in the deceptions that they are helping one another. Beatrice and Benedick play caustically at the veiled ball, each one knows that one is present there but they pretend that they do not know each other’s presence in the ball. Similarly, when Claudio has humiliated and disallowed Hero, Leonato and his family publish that Hero has perished to castigate Claudio for his fault and rejection. When Claudio comes back after the realization of his crime or sin and is penitent to take the hand of Leonato’s niece (who is Hero), a crowd of veiled women arrives and Claudio has to wed unseeingly. The covering of Hero and the other women depicts that the social tradition of the wedding has little to do with respect and love.

When Claudio wallows and probes in the following words:

“Which is the lady I must seize upon?” (V. iv. 53).

He is prepared and agreeable to bind the rest of his life to one of the unknown masked women whom he does not know and love. His inclination trunks not only from his guiltiness about maligning an innocent lady but he is also caring more about growing in Leonato’s courtesy than in getting married for love. For him, the wedding is a base for social standing instead of love and bonding of affection. In the end, deception is neither only negative nor morally positive: it is a way to an end, a mode to craft a deception that helps one to flourish socially.

With the wedding scene, the climax of the play and the tone takes a sudden turn, falling from great humor into tragedy. Claudio’s refutation of Hero is envisioned to cause as much agony as imaginable, and father daughter’s (Hero’s and Leonato’s) reactions to it appear to create effects of misery and agony. Few allegations could originate a woman more destruction in the Renaissance than that of being impure, and Claudio uses consciously dramatic language to wound Hero openly, in front of family. It disappoints Hero because she has been humiliated publically.

The refutation scene also heaves other relationships in the play into the interrogation, Claudio and Don Pedro both recommend that it replicates seriously on Leonato’s social behaviors to have strained a woman like Hero (who is innocent and loves Claudio), and Don Pedro suggests that his social standing has agonized by way of the obvious finding that he and Claudio have crafted sin (accusation) regarding Hero’s virginity. This shows the inner deception of the characters. Claudio stabs Leonato through bitter words by belittling Hero as rotten orange. In the end, Claudio comes to know the reality, and the real sinners are punished.

In short, William Shakespeare’s every play is a jewel in the world of English Literature. Every play is master piece because of its characterization and engaging plot.