Presentation on theme: "How Shakespeare uses a literary device…"— Presentation transcript:
1 How Shakespeare uses a literary device… Foiling HamletHow Shakespeare uses a literary device…THE FOIL
2 Foils A foil is a character whose qualities or actions emphasize those of the protagonist(or other characters in the story) byproviding a strong contrast to them .By looking at the similarities and differencesbetween two characters, the audience canget a better understanding of the majorcharacter.
3 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.
4 The generous guy would be a foil for the stingy guy. You can have more than one foil for a character.
5 In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses foils to develop the major 4/13/2017In Hamlet, Shakespeare usesfoils to develop the majorcharacters of his play.
6 Hamlet has several foils. He’s a complicated guy.
7 So...Who are Hamlet’s foils? Which qualities of these charactersmake them so?
8 Sources:Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms by Chris Baldick
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