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Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare constructs the characters of Don John and Claudio as characters with motives that are neither evil nor good, but only as a means to attain the aim.

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Much Ado About Nothin September 2 2011 Shakespeare constructs the characters of Don John and Claudio as characters with motives that are neither evil nor good, but only as a means to attain the aim. Shakespeare's play, Much Ado About Nothing was first published in 1600 and the play debuted in the period between autumn and winter of 1598 to 1599. The play was written, not only as a form of entertainment but also to stress Shakespeare's belief of the importance of fidelity, noting and his view on the actions of society. Claudio was portrayed as a good and noble Lord and Don John a manipulative and evil prince. Through the utilisation of allusion and metaphor, Shakespeare constructs the characters of Don John and Claudio as characters with motives that are neither evil nor good, but as a means to attain the aim. Shakespeare first employs diction and then uses metaphor to position the audience to establish Claudio and Don John as two characters with double intentions that contrast each other, thus leading to the conclusion that the intentions of the characters are neither malicious nor honourable, they are just a means to achieve the objective. ...read more.

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This choice of diction constructs his character to be almost noble in his thinking, if not a little na�ve and shows how Don John's intentions were not completely malevolent. Whether Don John's character was malicious to his brother because he was a villain or because he believed the idea of social climbing through facades as immoral does not alter the end result. Thus through the application of diction, Shakespeare reveals the intentions of the character Don John to be seen as neither evil nor good, simply as a way to obtain the aim- that is, harming Don Pedro. Shakespeare employs metaphor to establish Claudio and Don John as characters whose motives are not always what they seem initially, thus resulting in their actions being of neither of good nor bad intention, just a way to obtain their objective. Firstly Shakespeare utilizes metaphor to position the audience to see Claudio as a character whose has double contrasting intentions for each of his actions. In the beginning of the play, Claudio is introduced as a key member to Don Pedro's success, the messenger stating "He hath borne himself beyond the/ promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a lamb, / the feats of a lion." ...read more.

Conclusion

Though Don Pedro "welcomed" Don John back with open arms, Don John is bitter because he feels that it is all a fa�ade, and that his brother's trust is counterfeit. Through this, the motives of Don John's character, although are malevolent, can be justified to an extent as he has legitimate reasons for feeling the bitterness and resentment towards his brother. Whether his reasons for his actions were immoral or justified, they lead to the same result. Through this, Shakespeare has positioned the audience to realise that the morality of the intentions do not matter so much, as the same effect is acquired. Claudio's intentions which seem pure are tainted by darker tones his desire of money and status; whereas Don John's intentions which seem evil, have the underlying tone of nobleness in that he does not want to be fake. The intentions of both characters whether good or bad, lead to the same result. Through the application of diction and metaphor, Shakespeare positions the audience to realise that the intention of the characters Claudio and Don Pedro are not important, as each leads to the same objective. Shakespeare allows the audience to realise that the intentions of both characters are neither malicious nor noble, and that the intentions did not matter so much as each intention was only a means to achieve the objective. ...read more.

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