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Antigone

Would Antigone and her sister Ismene in the third installment of the Greek tragedy written by Sophacles be foil characters?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 01:35
Christmas Carol

Would a good example be Fred, Scrooge's nephew and Scrooge himself? Have to write paper on Christmas Carol...thanks!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:29
Yes of course that's a

Yes of course that's a wonderful example--Scrooge's nephew is the foil character, as he has generous and fun-loving, which contrasts Scrooge's bad nature completely.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:07
To Kill A Mockingbird

Aunt Alexandra is a foil to Scout in Alexandra's "girly" ways and Scout's want to play with the boys.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 19:06
Question?

What about Crime and Punishment?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:12
lord of the flies

lord of the flies

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 22:28
foil in Pride and Prejudice

An impulsive Jane is pitted along with the level-headed protagonist, Elizabeth as a foil, only to highten some of the qualities that make the protagonist outstanding.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 05:25
Foil in Pride and Prejudice

I wouldn't go so far as to say that. I would compare Lydia as the impulsive foil to level-headed Jane, as well as the insipid foil to intelligent Elizabeth.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:36
Wouldn't Batman and Robin be

Wouldn't Batman and Robin be a better foil than Batman and Joker?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:23
Robin is NOT a foil to batman!!!

how the heck could that be true? Batman and robin fight for good, joker fights for evil. The answer is more than obvious.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:19
Not really. The purpose of a

Not really. The purpose of a foil is to make certain characteristics stronger by emphasizing the same or opposite characteristics in another character. Batman and Robin are not the same, but they are not different enough to be opposites.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:50
help

can someone post another example but not from shakespear

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:08
What about Lennie and George

What about Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 02:08
Yet another example

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson!
Specifically, I'm thinking of the BBC adaption with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Sherlock and John are opposites, but when they're together, you see the best aspects of both of them. Sherlock is brilliance and maybe a little darkness and he says that he's a highly functioning sociopath (he's not, but that's another explanation), while John is this doctor that cares so, so much and keeps Sherlock in line and makes him care.
They contrast beautifully, and yet they fit together so well.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 16:35
another example

DOCTOR WHO

the characters The Doctor and The Master are opposites

Their both time lords, but The Doctor wants to protect the earth and the people on it (he is the good) while The Master wants to destroy and take over the earth (he is bad)

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 20:50
Helpful Website

Thank you so much to whoever created this website. I am in high school and struggling with some of the harder literary devices and this really helped me to understand them and clear everything up. :)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 03:58
Great Expectations???

can drummle and pip represent the usage of foil???

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/29/2013 - 18:24
Drummle is a great foil to

Drummle is a great foil to Pip, because he is pretty much a scumbag, and Pip can see himself slipping into a lifestyle similar to Drummle's. It causes Pip to change his ways and it helps illustrate the light that is still in Pip.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 03:11
BWAHAHHA

Jekyll and Hyde. The Perfect example of a literary Foil

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 19:40
Example

Can Macbeth and Banquo of Shakespeare's play Macbeth be example of foil?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 08:52
yes banquo is macbeths foil!

yes banquo is macbeths foil! :)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 06:03
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harry potter rox!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 22:03
Ghosts Series by Jonathan Moeller

I am going to cry if no one knows what this series is. Caina Amalas and Jadria/ the Moraica, happen to be a major foil.
Caina, a young girl, no sorcerous power, can die and not come back to life, and does not have a million followers.
Jadria/ the Moraica, is thousands of years old, is the most powerful sorcerers known in the empire. She has died and come back to life many, many times. She has many disciples, though many had gone rogue or tried to kill her. Or they're dead.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 22:39
English

Njoroge a character from the book "The in between world of Vickram Lall" how can he be portrayed as a foil to Vickram?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 16:15
Foil

Benvolio and mercutio and the way they treat the subject of love when learning of Romeo's Lovesickness

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 04:45
Batman and joker

By this definition, Batman and joker are the perfect example of what a foil is, in all aspects of the word.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:12
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Very Nice I LoveIt And This Website

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 18:46
Another example

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is like, " I mean I want to be king but I really don't want to kill nobody..." And then Lady Macbeth is like, "You should toats kill Duncan and his son so you can be king because I'm cray and the personification of evil. Oh and I think you're such a wimp, Macbeth so you better do what I want."

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 04:19
Yes!

This example and delivery is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:36
YES!

EVEN MORE ENTHUSIASM

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:08
another example?

Would another example of foil be Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 04:08
YES!!!

You are so right. This is painfully accurate!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:54
Please

OMG I <3 Hermione

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 18:11
o _ o

SAME HERE.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:26
Say what?!

Clearly Harry Potter's mom went back into time to save him, and she used her love to bring Harry back to life. And Harry cheated on his wife, with Hermione. Then Ron got mad and they have to duel in order to regain their honor. DUH!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 18:09
Um, no.

Voldemort is a well fleshed out character and deserves more than "mocking love". He was fear. Not the act of fear, but full of it. He feared death, aka Dumbledore, who was powerful enough to briing about his death.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 02:20
Hm

One could argue that Dumbledore is human weaknesses as well, as we find out after he dies. Voldemore is weakness as well, in his fear of death. He doesn't set out to hurt others, he enjoys seeing others hurt to achieve his own goal. Which is immortal life, becasue he fears death. But Dumbledore feared losing the love of the ones he loved. He wasn't a perfect person, but he was a well fleshed out character. It's not all good and bad. Are we saying that trying to achieve your own goals is bad? In Voldemort's case, yes, because he hurt others, but who says they deserve help at all? Did they "deserve" the pain brought upon them Harry Potter is much deeper than some think, and just cheering for "houses" is demeaning the complexity of the plot.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 02:17
that example's a bit of a

that example's a bit of a stretch...Atticus and Mr. Ewell would be better

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 09:23
Yay! Ravenclaw!!! :)

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure..."
*Rowena Ravenclaw*

-Luna Lovegood-

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 00:00
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E'RE DAY I'M HUFFLIN'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 21:59
Badger Pride

I request the highest of fives!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:56
stop

dont

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 15:20
no.

just....no...

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:21
the potter example is

the potter example is wrong...be warned. batman and the joker is wrong too..

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 18:37
i totally agree

i totally agree

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 09:23
Question

i wonder why they call it foil.....

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 02:21
Why they call it foil...

"Foil" is a term that comes from gemology and jewelry-making. The foil is the backing that gets put on a cut stone, such as a diamond or a ruby, in order to make its surfaces reflect light to their absolute best advantage. So, to return to the original example, we see Dumbledore's love and faith all the more, because it's contrasted against the darkness of Voldemort.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 04:14
thats correct now i know what

thats correct now i know what is foil this i choose to be my report. <3

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:14
Another foil:

Batman & The Joker

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 18:02
Another foil:

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Laertes is Hamlets foil, because they both suffer unjust loss, and Hamlet, by his values, takes the whole play to make the decision to take revenge, but Laertes is an example of the good "medieval son" and acts impulsively.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 19:55

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