Relationship Between The Crucible And Much Ado About Nothing

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A good book needs conflict, and to serve this purpose, antagonists exist. These characters are the driving force of the story, but often need their “loyal” helpers in order to have an effect. Of course, sometimes the helpers aren’t as loyal as the antagonist perceives them to be, and the substandard relationship between the antagonist and their helper causes complications for everyone involved. Both The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1952, and Much Ado About Nothing, written around 1600 by William Shakespeare, show similar relationships of the antagonists and their helpers. As the main antagonists, Abigail and Don John, attempt to ruin the main character’s relationship, their helper assists. Despite bearing superficial differences, the similarities between Mary and Abigail’s and Borachio and Don John’s relationships are remarkable. Both Mary and Borachio are helpers of the antagonists of the stories. Borachio, in an attempt to help Don John with ruining brother’s reputation, comes up with a complicated scheme, shown by him saying “Go you to the Prince your brother; spare not to tell him that he hath wronged his honor in marrying the renowned Hero, whose estimation do you mightily hold up, to a contaminated scale, such a one as Hero.” (Shakespeare, II. 2. 63) He explains to Don John in order to ruin his brother, he must ruin the main character’s relationship, which the Prince has set up. Just as Borachio is supposed to, he helps the antagonist, Don John achieve

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