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Definition of Foil

Foil Definition
Examples of Foil in Literature
Difference Between Foil and Antagonist

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The foil is a character central to the plot that has agency and acts in ways to highlight the features of the character to whom they're meant to draw attention to. The main example provided is like saying "Satan is the foil to God", when neither of these characters feature prominently in each others stories in any testament.

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Definition, Usage and a list of Foil Examples in common speech and literature. In literature, a foil is a character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective to highlight the traits of the other character.

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In fiction, a foil is a character who contrasts with another character - usually the protagonist— to highlight particular qualities of the other character. [2] [3] [4] In some cases, a subplot can be used as a foil to the main plot. The term “foil” came into its current usage as a literary device from the concept of putting tin foil behind a gemstone to make it look more brilliant. The foil character works in the same way—to make the protagonist seem more incredible, or, adversely, to make his or her faults more obvious.

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A foil is a literary character that is intended to highlight attributes in another character through opposing traits. An author creates a foil to emphasize traits in another character. Foils aren’t necessarily opposites; however, they highlight opposing traits. 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.