Analyzing the Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Analyzing the Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

The play Much Ado About Nothing was written and performed in the Elizabethan period. It was set in Italy in a place called Messina. As expected the play has an happy ending with a marriage, as it is an comedy, except throughout the play you think it may end as an tragedy with lots of talk of death and misery. The mood swings from light comedy to dark tragedy.

The play appealed to the Elizabethans because it mirrored life of that time. The play includes love, status and relationships between men and women. Shakespeare play was popular because there wasn’t many sources entertainment and he wrote it in a style
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One character who admires John’s dark character is Borachio. He sees Don john as a partner in crime. They schemed together as shown. “…To misuse the prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonarto; look for any other issue?” says Borachio. John then follows by saying, “Only to despite them I will endeavour anything ”

When Don Jon is first introduced to the play he seemed reserved, quiet and you’re unaware of what an evil character he is. “I thank you, I’m a man of few words, but I thank you.” This quotation shows that he’s a mysterious character and we’re wary of him. But later on in the play he doesn’t seem to be so reserved as we first thought. “I cannot hid what I am: I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no mans jest: eat when I have stomach, and wait for no mans leisure” This statement shows that he can’t hide who he is: he’s admitting that he’s an evil man. “… It must not be denied but I am a plain dealing villain”

Don John cares for no on. He wants to cause suffering to everyone and anyone, he’s very hateful towards all. “I had rather a canker in a hedge that a role in his” is his feelings towards his brother, Pedro. It shows that he has no respect for him.

In respect of his aggressive character, the audiences are aware of his cruel character and yet the characters are
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