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Puns and Character Foils. What is a Pun?. pun, or paronomasia, is a form of word play that deliberately exploits an ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect.

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what is a pun
What is a Pun?
  • pun, or paronomasia, is a form of word play that deliberately exploits an ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect.
  • Such ambiguity may arise from the intentional misuse of homophonical, homographical, homonymic, polysemic, metonymic or metaphoricallanguage.
  • Play on the multiple meanings of a word or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings.
example
Example
  • “...ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.”-Mercutio
  • Grave meaning "serious", but in this case, dead. {Act III}
  • Another pun from Romeo and Juliet is when Montague is speaking of Romeo's depression. The line "Away from the light steals home my heavy son," makes a pun on the sun
character foil
Character Foil
  • A foil is a person who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight various features of the main character's personality: to throw the character of the protagonist into sharper focus.
  • a character who represents a sharp contrast with the protagonist and thus serves to stress and highlight the protagonists distinctive temperament
examples
Examples
  • Rosaline to Juliet
  • Paris to Romeo
  • Mercutio to Romeo