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What happens to Don John at the end of Much Ado About Nothing?

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jk006 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM via web

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What happens to Don John at the end of Much Ado About Nothing?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer is that we do not really know what is going to happen to Don John after the play ends.  All we really know is that he is in trouble.

At the end of Act V, Scene 4, we know that John has run away from Messina but has been caught.  A messenger tells that to Don Pedro in one of the last lines of the play.  We do not know for sure what is going to happen to him next, but we do know that he is likely to be punished for his crimes against Hero.  Benedick is going to think up some "brave punishments" for Don Pedro to inflict on Don John.

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opolichinelo88 | Student | Honors

Posted June 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM (Answer #2)

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He attempts to escape punishment, leaving Borachio and Conrade, however is captured and awaiting chastisement. This concludes the play well and creates a typical 'happy ending'

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