EQ: What is a literary foil?

Romeo and Juliet

We just finished reading Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. In this lesson, we are going to look at the character foils in the play.

Definition of Foil:

A Foil is not an Antagonist

Sometimes a foil may be confused with an antagonist, which is a character whose personality not only may differ from the hero’s, but whose goals are in direct conflict with the protagonist’s. An antagonist is often a foil, and a foil can be an antagonist, but the two are not necessarily indicative of each other.

A Closer Look at Foils

Now that you have learned about Literary Foils, can you think of a popular example (not mentioned in the video)? Please click the link below to submit your response!

Great! Since you are more familiar with the term, let's apply it to Romeo and Juliet. What character foils are seen in ACT 1 of the play?

Please submit your 3 examples along with a two sentence explanation for each of choices. (6 sentences total)

This assignment is worth:

2 points for your pop culture submission

8 pts for your examples and explanations

Total Points: 10