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…