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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF DON JOHN IN "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? William Shakespeare is renowned as the English play write and poet whose body of works is considered the greatest in the history of English literature. Shakespeare's plays form one of literature's greatest legacies. Divided into comedies, histories and tragedies, Shakespeare's plays have spawned thousands of performances. The play Much ado about nothing was written by William Shakespeare during the 16th century. It is classed as one of his many comedy plays, where the main characters get married in the end. Comedies, (such as Much ado about nothing) consist of many witty scenes particularly when few characters are speaking and gossiping between themselves. Much ado about nothing is a play about confusion and misunderstanding. It is a comedy about self-deception, vanity, jealousy and pride. The play also conjures up a series of events, but there are no tragic results, and all ends well for every character, except the villains who sparked off the melodramatic events which took place in the play. Don John is known as the illegitimate half brother of Don Pedro (prince of Aragon), he is also referred to as the "Bastard" in the play. ...read more.


As he fails to smile at any characters in the entire play. CONRADE-"Can you make no use of your discontent?" DON JOHN-"I make all use of it, for I use it only." Here, Don John makes it clear that he was ready to do anything to ruin other people's happiness, in order to give him the slightest of content. Borrachio enters the scene, informing his master Don John of an intended marriage saying "I came yonder from a great supper. The prince your brother is royally entertained by Leonato, and I can give you intelligence of an intended marriage." Don John retaliates with enthusiasm asking Borrachio "Will it serve for any model to build mischief on? What is he for a fool that betroths himself to unquietnes?" Don John asks his companion whether this incident will give him a chance to cause some trouble. Don John the bastard is exited because he knows he can cause problems with this intended marriage. DON JOHN-"Come, come, let us thither. This may prove food to my displeasure." Here, Don John informs his companions (Borrachio and Conrade), that causing trouble and mischief makes him feel good and content, as it relieves his remorse and displeasure. ...read more.


Only here, does Don John show initiative and resource. As he actively speaks and associates himself with other people, unlike in all other scenes of the play where he lacks socialisation and speech to his "rivals". Don John had spoiled a marriage, and caused Don Pedro and Claudio to look down upon Leonato's entire family, as shame was cast upon them due to the false accusations of Hero, all due to Don John's devious and cunning plan which went as clockwork. This not only means that Don John is a figure of melodrama, but also that he represents the evil within a society. In Shakespeare's time, illegitimates (Bastards) were seen as outcasts and evil, they were also looked down upon. This would inevitably give Don John a similar role in the play to what illegitimates were classed as during the time. He is largely silent, but when speaks, the subject is often about himself. He relies on his companions Borrachio and Conrade who help him conjure up cunning plans which cause melodramatic events in the play, giving him a devious, vain, jealous and evil role in the play. Don John has a very unpleasant and cunning character, and spends his time plotting against Don Pedro and his friends, in order to demolish friendship and happiness between the characters in the play. ...read more.

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