Notes on Borachio
A recurring theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays, and central to Much Ado About Nothing, explores how easily people are deceived not just by the false testimony of others but even by their own senses. Claudio, believing he was deceived by Don John, learned to place no trust in the words of others. With “Let every eye negotiate for itself,”
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Quotes spoken by the character Borachio
Let the watch come forth. Masters, I charge you in the
Prince’s name, accuse these men.
This man said, sir, that Don John, the
Prince’s brother, was a villain.
Write down Prince John a villain. Why,
this is flat perjury, to call a prince’s brother villain!
I have deceived even your very eyes. What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light.Irony
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