Masking Ends in Deception, Much Ado About Nothing

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There are two kinds of masking that Shakespeare used in Much Ado. One is literal masking, this where a character actually wears a mask during the play. This is seen several times. There is also another form of masking that was used in Much Ado About Nothing, this is literary masking and this is when characters hide and/or makeup plots to put into others heads for a benefit or a cause...
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This is a prime example of literal masking. In the previous scene, Don Pedro learned of Claudio's love for Hero. Since he is the "cupid" of this story, he decides that at the ball he will mask himself as Claudio to determine if Hero's love is returned. So while at the ball, Don Pedro, masked as Claudio, dances with Hero and says, "Speak Low, if you Speak love...
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