A foil is a means by which an author or playwright reveals one character in contrast with another character. In ‘Hamlet’, a play by William Shakespeare, the use of a foil is evident among the characters Hamlet and Laertes. Although adversaries, Laertes and Hamlet share several characteristics which make them similar, enabling the audience to learn more about each character individually. There are a variety of supports regarding this discussion throughout the play. Their love
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or other famous authors and playwrights, it is evident in everyday life. There are examples of foils in people’s everyday lives, being in their family, among relatives or even among friends. Finding information about Hamlet through Laertes and vice versa is similar to finding out traits of one’s mother compared to their father. In conclusion, learning about one person through a contrast with another is how people choose their friends and their enemies.