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English Literature Is the evil of Don John the only thing which leaves a bad taste in the mouth Within Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing we are given the opportunity to see played out a variety of the more negative aspects of human nature Deception Jealousy Bitterness and ultimatly a purer form of evil in the activity of Don John His presence in the play is really to act as a plot device since his character has all the appropriate depth of a caricature villain by which the relationship between Claudio and Hero is nearly destroyed And yet it cannot be said that the play displays examples of extreme evil and extreme good For instance in his attempt to break up the courting couples union through deception and hearsay we find an inverse parallel in the activities of Leonato Claudio and Don Pedro and of Ursula and Hero when they attempt to trick Benedick and Beatrice respectively into falling for one another Although their own hoaxes have perhaps a certain grounding in the truth and do bring about a positive outcome the means by which they achieve it provides a symmetry to the more dubious goings on yet brings the two together and associates them Secondly Shakespeare was far too intelligent to palm the audience off with the idea that only the influence and activity of Don John could bring about unhappiness The character acts as a catalyst by which we come to understand the more negative qualities about the good and noble young people Claudio as we see him becomes transformed from a young man of virtue into a paranoid vulnerable and finally vindictive and cruel person culminating in his wedding day when he accuses and disgraces Hero Claudio accuses Hero of knowing the Heat of a luxurious bed and that her blush is guiltiness not modesty Leonato here displays an uncaring and vicious side to his character not
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