The Foil Between Hero and Beatrice

Beatrice- Rebellious
Beatrice is very rebellious woman throughout the story and stood against any idea of marriage thrown towards her, despite those around her encourages her to get married, showing us that she is against the “rules” set out for women at that time (act graceful, get married). In Act 2 Scene 1, her disapproval towards marriage was shown when she says “Just if he send me no husband; for which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening”.
Not only is she against the idea of marriage, she is also very disobedient. Encouraging Hero to go against the words of her father as well. “Yes, faith, it is my cousin’s duty to make curtsy and say,“Father, as it please you.” But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say, “Father, as it please me.” Act 2 Scene 1.
Hero- Obedient
Hero is portrayed as a gentle girl who is willing to listen to her father’s words under any circumstances. Unlike Beatrice, it seemed that she was willing to marry anyone her father directed her to. Even if she doesn’t want to, she doesn’t speak her mind and just accepts whatever command thrown in her way. “Well niece, I trust you will be rul’d by your father.”-Antonio Act 2 Scene 1. In this line, we see that Leonardo will be making decisions for Hero as a father and Hero should always obey as a daughter. In Act 2 Scene, 1 Leonato shows his power over his daughter when he said, “Daughter, remember what I told you: If the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer.” Hero’s lack of reply in this conversation indicates that she is very compliant and rarely goes against her father’s wishes.