What is the dramatic significance of Dogberry in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing?

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The dramatic significance is the purpose of any particular element in a play. Every single element of a play, such as a character, action, line, soliloquy, monologue, etc., is carefully constructed and used with some sort of purpose in mind. An author or playwright can use elements to serve many purposes, or for dramatic significance, including but not limited to, moving the plot forward, creating tension, relieving tension, and creating characterization. Dogberry is dramatically significant for several reasons, some of those are to provide comic relief, create irony, and to relay a theme.

We know that one dramatic significance of Dogberry is to create comic relief because we meet the odd character for the first time after a significantly dramatic moment. In Act 3, Scene 2, Don John has successfully tricked Claudio and Don Pedro into believing that Hero is promiscuous and unfaithful. Plus, Claudio has decided to publicly humiliate Hero,...

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