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Essay on Don John in Shakespeare

            Authors use characters to show many human traits and qualities. In Shakespeare’s play, “much ado about nothing”, Don John represents a typical comedic-story villain. Don John, in this play, destroys everyone’s relationship. In the end though, he gets captured, and the couples get back together. Don John reflects three main qualities: evil, mischievous, and villainous.
             Don John reflects evil through ruining relationships. To show this, in act 2, scene 2, line 31, Don John says, “Only to despite them, I will endeavor anything.” Not only will he do anything to ruin their relationship, but also he is doing get for no reason. He enjoys watching people in despair. In act 2, scene 2, line 4, he says, “ Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinal to me.” In this quote, he means that anything stopping him will be destructed. He will go to any length to do what he wants to do.
             Don john reflects mischievous because he enjoys making trouble and seeing people devastated and infuriated. In act 1, scene 3, line 44, Don John asks, “Will it serve for any model to build mischief on?” Obviously, he wants something that he can use to make an evil plan. Then, in act 3, scene 2, line 95-97, he tells Claudio, “ I came hither to tell you… she has been too long a taking of, the lady is disloyal. “At first, Claudio doesn’t believe him, but Don John mischievously very sneakily convinces him.
             Don John represents a villain because he is the ‘bad guy’. In act 1, scene3, line 28-30, he says, “ I cannot be said to be a flatter ring and honest man, it not must be but I am a plain dealing villain.” As he say, he admits to not being honest. Also, he says that people must not deny that he is villainous. In act 5, scene 4, line131-132, Benedick says,” Think not on him till tomorrow, I’ll devise thee brave punishment for him.