Parents instill, before almost any lesson, the virtue of honesty. But for literature, lies are so frequently used that the lesson itself can come into question. For Shakespeare, his comedies were rife with deceptive figures and misunderstandings to move along the plot he meant to get across. The lies in Much Ado About Nothing vary from malicious to good-natured, but they almost always result in a shift in the characters and the mood of the play. Benedick is a soldier, single and not looking. In the play, he arrives in Messina from battle with his friends Claudio and Don Pedro the Prince. Claudio wastes no time setting his sights on a woman named Hero to marry, and Benedick is appaulled as he argues with Hero’s cousin Beatrice right away. As Claudio’s engagement unfolds, he and the Prince hatch a plan to give the same gift to Benedick by setting him up with Beatrice. The only way to make it all happen is to fool them both by staging some “overheard” conversations about one’s love for the other.