Examine the Character of Don John.

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Examine the Character of Don John.

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 that provided them with varied emotions.

        Shakespeare’s plays wouldn’t entertain us as much today because of the racist comments; prejudice against women, as they were treated as a possession and had no use beyond being a wife or mother.  Today we have different views on what’s entertainment.

        We are generally more equal today, where as men (particularly farthers) dominated Elizabethan society. This period was racist and to be an illegitimate child you were seen as evil and malicious.  This is why Don John adds excitement; tension; drama and a dark side.  As Don John is a bastard child and wants to cause suffering to those who look down on him he feels he has a right to claim the legitimate heirs, therefore he’s a threat.

 As a character don John is generally not thought that highly of.  Beatrice strongly dislikes him as shown when she says, “How tartly that gentleman looks, I never can see him, but I am heart burned an hour after.”

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        Hero also finds him too serious. “He is of very melancholy disposition.” In both of these quotes it shows Don John to be a very gloomy, depressed and sour looking character.  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, ...

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