Folier anvendes i alle typer litteratur. Et tegn, der udviser modsatte eller modstridende træk til et andet tegn, hedder en folie. Folie tegn kan være antagonister, men ikke altid. Nogle gange vil folier endda være andre tegn sammen med hovedpersonen. Når en forfatter bruger en folie, vil de sørge for, at læseren henter på vigtige attributter og karakteristika ved hovedpersonen. Af denne grund er folier vigtige at passe på!
Character Foils in A Tale of Two Cities: Charles vs. Sydney
Moral and honorable
Kind and good
Handsome and well-put together
Handsome and disheveled
Complacent and confused
Good, but kind mostly only to Lucie
Charles Darnay rejects his family in the name of honor. He desires to right by everyone, including Lucie and Dr. Manette. He wins Lucie's heart with his kind demeanor and gentle goodness.
Seems to have it all; seizes opportunities
Sydney Carton is handsome and incredibly intelligent; however, he feels as if he hasn't done anything substantial with his life. He thinks Lucie might be the answer to solve his life's problems, but she's in love with Charles.
Watches life pass him by; wishes he knew what to do with opportunities