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No foils necessary

Sometimes in books and movies a character is presented who is direct contrast to the hero. By comparing the hero to this character—his foil—the book or movie brings out the hero's good points more clearly. Although this technique can be helpful in showing an audience why they should like the hero, should this type of comparing be done in real life?

When I was growing up, I had a tendency to compare myself with a brother of mine. He was good in school and in sports. So, to make myself look better I tried to find other areas to excel in where he wasn't as successful. I treated him as my foil.

Proving the fullness of man
August 1, 1994

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