Much Ado About Nothing Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Why does Don John hate Claudio? Why do Don Pedro and Claudio believe Don Johns accusations of a secret affair? Please answer quickly

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Don Pedro and Claudio believe the accusations because the of the "proof" that has been presented. Believing that Margaret is Hero based on the view the "see", it is easy to accept Don John's word. This is a large theme in this story and many of Shakespeare's stories, the problems associated with communication and with assumptions. It was, in Renaissance time, referred to as "noting". Here is a summary:

In Shakespeare’s time, the “Nothing” of the title would have been pronounced “Noting.” Thus, the play’s title could read: “Much Ado About Noting.” Indeed, many of the players participate in the actions of observing, listening, and writing, or noting. In order for a plot hinged on instances of deceit to work, the characters must note one another constantly. When the women manipulate Beatrice into believing that Benedick adores her, they conceal themselves in the orchard so that Beatrice can better note their conversation. Since they know that Beatrice loves...

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That young start-up hath all the
glory of my overthrow: if I can cross him any way, I
bless myself every way.


Though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain.

are the key quotations that explain Don John's actions. Don John is a purely evil character, a classic antagonist. He enjoys causing trouble; it feeds his inner satisfaction. Don John has never liked Claudio, and messing with his wedding will prove very satisfying for him.