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!
Examples of Foil Characters in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Falls in love quickly
Finds love humorus
Does not fall in love
Paris comes to pay respectful homage to Juliet, Romeo to visit his dead love and to join her in death by poison. When Paris starts to enter and then challenges Romeo as a felon, Romeo slays him in a fit of rage.
Mercutio makes fun of Romeo for being romantic about love. He thinks love is less about devotion and more about physical pleasure. He is also a skeptic, mocking Romeo's beliefs in fairies and portents.
Sticks up for Family
Sticks up for Friends
Romeo comes upon the scene as Mercutio becomes heated in his words with the fiery Tybalt. Romeo steps between them and then tries to diffuse the tension by placing himself before Mercutio and by telling Tybalt that he has no argument against him.
Benvolio, whose name means "good-wisher" in Latin, has been the one to calm Romeo in an earlier act.
Juliet remains loyal to her husband, while the Nurse cries out "Shame come to Romeo!" (3.2.91)
"Well, sir; my mistress is the sweetest lady—Lord, Lord! when 'twas a little prating thing..."