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The Issue Of Status In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

1010 words - 5 pages

Samar Syeda

H10

Richmond

10 March 2014

The World of Status

From the beginning of time man has dealt with the issue of status. Status is measured through ones tangible items, money or job. Status was, is, and always will be equivalent to ones respect and power in society. During Shakespeares time a persons social standing was tied to the honor of ones family as well as ones company. Shakespeare created Borachio as a minor character who has a major impact on the plot. Borachio influences the play by being a member of Don Pedros company. In Much Ado About Nothing, minor character, Borachio, assists Don John in successfully defaming Hero, in order to jeopardize the status of Don Pedro ...view middle of the document...

Borachio uses Margaret as a part of his scheme, “ I think I told your lordship, a year since, how much I am in the favor of Margaret, the waiting gentlewoman to Hero,” (Ado 2.2.13). This shows that Brochio is liked by Margaret so he can use her without raising suspicion. Borachio might have dressed and traveled with gentlemen but he was nothing like one. He was a cheap crook, he helped Don John defame Hero because he was paid by Don John. Don John thought this was perfect because it killed two birds with one stone, defaming Don Pedro and Claudio in front of the entire town. In this instance Don Pedro symbolized wealth, power and status everything Don John wanted for himself and to achieve that he used people like Borachio to do his dirty work. Further more this scheme quickly escalates when Borachio continues with his plan but more so getting caught by the watch.

Borachio is most definitely not the sharpest knife in the set. he is quick to tell people about what he has done which results in consequences. Borachio begins to plot with Don John about how Margaret will call him Claudio and how he will call her Hero, “Hear me call Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me Claudio; and bring them to see this the very night before the intended wedding,”( Ado 2.2.43). Borachio makes Margaret believe that he is only calling her Hero in terms of foreplay not because he is trying to defame her in front of Claudio. Borachio makes certain that he and Margaret are in front of the window the entire time so Claudio can see. After Borachio is done with his scheme he recounts everything to Conrade on the stairs unknowing that the watch is listening to him confess, “But know that I have tonight wooed Margaret, the Lady Hero’s gentlewoman, by the name of...

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