In that Hero and Claudio’s relationship is destroyed


 In
the contemporary world, rumors and dishonesty tend to be the order of the day
as people deliberately use deception to achieve their evil plans regardless of
who they hurt. In the play, Much Ado About
Nothing by William Shakespeare, the author addresses the evil plans of
human kind and the extent to which some people will go to ensure that they
achieve their evil plans through dishonest and deception means. The same theme
is what is portrayed on the film by Kenneth Branagh in which issues of
betrayal, love, marriage, friendship, and dishonesty is highly discussed. One
of such character that Shakespeare uses to play the veil character in this
particular dramatic and romantic play is Don John. Don John can therefore be
described as a hurtles, opportunistic and dishonest person who is ill-motivated
and does not consider the emotions or feelings of the victims by his mischievous and
dishonest deeds. In the play, Don John is
an evil character which
is
evident from the fact that he tries all within his power to ensure that Hero
and Claudio’s relationship is destroyed using gossips and hatching evil plans
for the two characters; also using
gossip, conversation and overhearing from important characters to show human
nature clearly.  

            Don John’s evil plan against hero
and Claudio is manifested in Act 2
of the play when Don John and his crew corners Claudio and suggest to him that
Don Pedro has gone ahead to woo Hero for himself (Shakespeare, 2.1.134-140). This was against what
Claudio and Don Pedro initially agreed on in which the former agreed to sweet
talk Hero on behalf of the later. To prove that Don John was indeed a
mischievous and dishonest man, he goes ahead to give Claudio false information
yet he knows very well that Don Pedro was still pursuing the initial plan they
had with Claudio. In 2.2, the
author portrays the true character of an evil man who is against the union of
hero and Claudio and therefore tries to set up the two friends, Claudio and Don
Pedro, against each other so that he may have an upper hand of wooing Hero for
himself. Luckily, his plan fails when Don Pedro announces that he has finished
his part of wooing Hero for Claudio;
so
Claudio can make his preparation for marrying Hero.

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            The
author portrays Don John’s motive of destroying the relationship between Hero
and Claudio is when Borachio and Don John orchestrate a malicious plan in which
Don John is to convince both Claudio and Don Pedro to come and stand in the
orchard just some distance outside Hero’s window on the night before Claudio is
to marry Hero. It is at this point in which Borachio is tasked with the role of
making love-talk with Hero’s servant, Margaret, who is to dress in one of
Hero’s clothes to make Claudio and Don Pedro think of the worse of Hero and
write her off as a disloyal lady. (Shakespeare,
2.2.25-40). One key issue that is evident in the play and
specifically on how Don John goes around planning and executing his intentions
of breaking Hero’s relationship with Claudio is the fact that gossip,
conversation and overhearing plays a significant role in influencing the
perception that individuals have towards each other. For instance, the
conversation between Claudio and Don John in which the former advices the later
of Don Pedro’s intention to woo Hero makes Claudio think the worse of his long
time and loyal friend. Don John intends to capitalize a gossip to make Claudio
break up with Hero.

            In this content it always seems that it is impossible to get
to the bottom of the truth because what people in it think is so extraneous to
what the truth is about. Following a well-known popular saying, most of the
roles in Much Ado are no one to eavesdrop on the conversation, and most of the
time is finally gossiped or misunderstood what they hear (“Much Ado About
Nothing”). Claudio, Heroes and Pedro are all spreads of gossip, sometimes
positive, and possibly negative. Benedick and Beatrice are having difficulties
in their relationship; Claudio and Don Pedro decide to make a plan of uniting
them. In 2.3, Benedick decides to hide when he hears his name and Beatrice’s; so
that he may listen to the conversation. However, those who are talking know
that Benedick is hiding and listening to their conversation. Leonato goes ahead
and tell his friends that Beatrice who is Leonato’s niece made a confession to
him that she is in love with Benedick. Leonato says “she loves him with an
enraged affection, it is past the infinite of thought” (Shakespeare, 2.3.95-96).
However, Beatrice fears telling Benedick because for fears of being derided.
While speaking, they do it in a manner for Benedick to hear as they do not want
to keep it as a secret. Benedick overhears the conversation and decides to
confess his love to Beatrice. Benedick says: “they say the lady is fair; ’tis a
truth, I can bear them witness. And virtuous; ‘I cannot reprove it. For I will
be horribly in love with her” (Shakespeare, 2.3.203-08). Claudio goes ahead and
tells Hero about the plan and hero decides to tell Beatrice about the whole
conversation. A whole situation can be turned into a totally different way and
may develop more things that people can’t imagine. Actually, this is a usual
social phenomenon because of gossip, conversation and overhearing from human
nature; not only can let people’s relationship being broken but also can
uniting anyone together. Shakespeare using them in a very amazing way to show
his thoughts through this play.     

            The
plot of the play is centered around gossip, where people overhear conversations
and gossip. Leonato says to Antonio: “Stop advising me; your words pass through
my ears like water through a sieve.” (Shakespeare, 5.1.3-4). It is an important
thought to the whole plot of the play Much Ado About Nothing. The book
constantly uses characters who eavesdrop on conversations, and this leads to
misunderstandings due to deception from most of the conversations. The book,
the film, its’ spirit, the actors’ play, and English humor expose common
qualities of casual people such as gossiping, and expose their unstable nature
as well the unstable nature of life itself. 

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