Symbols in Much Ado About Nothing
In Shakespeare’s plays, eyes are often a symbol of awareness, insight, or perception. Eyes function similarly in Much Ado About Nothing, symbolizing more specifically the tendency of characters to act not on their own actual experiences but because of rumor, false perceptions, or hearsay. Clothing continues the motif of rumors and falsehoods since changes in appearance often symbolize deception. Clothing also operates on another level along with the symbol of beards: both are used to indicate to the audience a significant change in a character’s nature or values.