Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Who are some character foils in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and what is their effect on the story?

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Foils are characters that contrast with one another so that the author can highlight important details or traits of each person. In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare implements many different types of foils. He even uses groups of characters as foils for one another. I will give you a few examples--but there are many more.

First and most importantly, our two main couples, Beatrice and Benedick and Hero and Claudio, are foils for each other. We can see this starting in the first act. Beatrice and Benedick engage in witty and argumentative repartee and seem to...

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