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Foil - Literary Term

The literary term foil
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Nathan Gorski

on 1 September 2010

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Transcript of Foil - Literary Term

Foil Definition a foil is a character whos personality, attitude, or physical characteristics is opposite of another character How to Find it To find the foil in literary text, you must look for opposites and contrasting traits between characters. Pinky and The Brain Pinky is a tall skinny idiot, while The Brain is a short chunky intellegant mouse. Jacob and Edward from Twilight You all probably think I'm weird now, but in the Twilight Series, Jacob and Edward are opposites. Jacob is a werewolf and Edward is a Vampire. Jacob is hot (temperature wise.....) and Edward is cold. Jacob has a temper, while Edward is completely calm. Why it's important The foil in a story is a major part. It creates conflict and makes things more interesting. Nobody likes a story where everybody agrees with everybody and everybody is the same. A foil serves as a contrast to another character usually to help point out the characteristic traits of the other character.
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