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2 Foiling Hamlet How Shakespeare uses a literary device… THE FOIL

3 A foil is a character whose qualities or actions emphasize those of the protagonist (or other characters in the story) by providing a strong contrast to them. By looking at the similarities and differences between two characters, the audience can get a better understanding of the major character. Foils

4 So, for example: If you were telling a story about a really stingy person, you might want to add a minor character who is very generous. That could make the first guy seem even stingier.

5 The generous guy would be a foil for the stingy guy. You can have more than one foil for a character.

6 In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses foils to develop the major characters of his play.

7 Hamlet has several foils. He’s a complicated guy.

8 So...Who are Hamlet’s foils? Which qualities of these characters make them so?

9 Sources: avra/Enl121/Mp3/S98/S98G81-03.htm Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms by Chris Baldick


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