Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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

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In literature, foils exist to emphasize the contrasts between two different characters. In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Hero make interesting foils to one another thanks to their very different styles of self-expression.

Though Beatrice is meant to be a sidekick of sorts to Hero's lead role, Beatrice's strong personality and voice dominates. Beatrice is witty and fiesty, and her style of expressing her thoughts and emotions often involve humor and sharpness. Hero, on the other hand, is demure and gentle in her manner and her communications with other characters; she follows instructions without...

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