The Danger of Ignorance

What does this theme mean? Where is it shown?

Where is it shown in the text?

This theme is shown in the text when Dogberry speaks and how he completely confused the whole plot because he didn't understand what was really going on and couldn't communicate what he knew. This quote here represents the theme of ignorance in the story "Though it not be written down, yet forget not that I am an ass". Also every character in this book tends to base opinions on just a few things which are looks and the first 3 words the other character speaks. Another thing is that characters judge others on their social ranking and not on their knowledge which is judgmental and just plain dumb. Finally the characters are very ignorant to believe Don John's scheme.

What quotes talk about this theme?

There are many quotes about ignorance, but out of all of them Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's quote is extra powerful. His quote goes like, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscience stupidity." This quote basically states that nothing is more dangerous than pure stupidity.


This theme shows up a lot in WALL-E. The humans didn't even realize that all of their trash was piling up everywhere and destroying the Earth. Even in space they let themselves go and ruined their help and let a corrupt AI control them.

In Much Ado About Nothing this theme controls the outcome. This is said because everyone's opinion about each other is based on looks and not actual personality which is a very dumb thing to do. Finally we see Dogberry almost completely blow his chance to capture the bad guys.


This theme can be applied to our lives because ignorance is just being dumb in the first place. This can be avoided by always taking advantage of your opportunities of your life. What this means is that one must appreciate what we such as free, good, public education. Ignorance is something that can be gotten rid of, but others don't want to because others and ourselves are lazy at one point of the day. Finally we must always be willing to learn something new.

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