Don John And Don Pedro Character Analysis

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Battling Brothers
“Don John, the Prince’s brother, was a villain,” (Shakespeare IV.ii.33-34)
The obvious conflict between Don John and Don Pedro develops the story of Much Ado About Nothing. The men’s differing interests create climactic deception and frustration. However, other characters in the play do not always recognize this conflict, which accelerates Shakespeare’s comic conventions. The foil of these two characters and their actions emphasize particular character traits between the families as well. In summary, Don John and Don Pedro’s contrast proves important to the function of the play because it creates conflict, builds dramatic irony, and develops characterization. The majority of conflicts that occur in the play center around the contrast between Don John and Don Pedro. Don John’s strong envy for his brother, Don Pedro, initiates most of the disruptions. Don John admits that he, “had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his [Don Pedro’s] grace,” (Shakespeare I.iii.21). He commits to the promise of destroying Don Pedro, which he plans to uphold for the rest of his life. For instance, when Don Pedro tries to influence the marriage of Claudio and Hero in Acts I and II, Don John immediately tries to ruin his brother’s reputation by spreading rumors. Don John elaborates a fabricated story to Claudio, mentioning that Don Pedro loves Hero and wants her for himself. Don Pedro and other characters fortunately exploit Don John’s lies and intentions, which aim to
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