How are Benedick and Claudio character foils for each other in Much Ado About Nothing?

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Claudio is a good deal less experienced in the ways of the world than Benedick. As such, he has none of the latter's world-weary cynicism when it comes to relations with the opposite sex. Claudio regards love and marriage in pretty much the same way as everything else in life—seriously. His stubborn loyalty to the dictates of convention means that he has a profound sense of duty, and always tries to do the right thing. Benedick, on the other hand, is much more of a free spirit; he laughs in the face of convention. But then he laughs in the face of just about everything. He has a ready wit and a keen sense of humor which stand him in good stead in his many bouts of witty wordplay with Beatrice.


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