We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP

Foil

Character Role Analysis

Dogberry to many characters

Dogberry is a fairly minor character within the grand scheme of the play, but he serves as a foil in both of the major plots. As Borachio points out, it’s Dogberry and his idiots who figure out Don John’s manipulation, rather than the "smarter" characters—Don Pedro, Leonato, Antonio, and Claudio.

Dogberry also is a foil to Benedick and Beatrice. He alone in the play uses language as passionately as those two characters. His usage of the English language is also equally startling as theirs, but where they use language to elevate and scintillate, Dogberry just abuses it.


Advertisement