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The foil characters Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado about nothing. What makes them foils?...

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mikeknob | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2007 at 1:06 AM via web

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The foil characters Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado about nothing. What makes them foils? All info that makes them foils.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2007 at 3:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Well, here's the problem: I'm not sure they both are foils, primarily. Beatrice is one of the major comic engines of the play. She's so witty! Hero is a much simpler character. She's so idealized that she is almost flat. A foil plays opposite the main character, and interacts with him/her to show the main character's traits better.

I guess Beatrice could be a foil for Benedict; the two of them are foils to each other for their wit, the way they both stand apart from love, and the way their egos let them be manipulated.

Hero could be a foil to Beatrice more easily. Where Beatrice is lively, witty, and divorced from love, drawing attention through her wit, Hero is quiet and virtuous, and draws attention through her modesty. They are thus foils to one another.

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