Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z has the latest installment in his ‘Studying Skywalkers’ series posted on the official Star Wars blog. This time, Dan takes a look at foils in Christie Golden’s upcoming novel, Dark Disciple. In between the light and the dark there, you find shades of gray…
Here’s an excerpt:
Note: the following contains minor spoilers from the upcoming novel, Dark Disciple.
A poignant and useful literary device that enhances an audience’s understanding of a particular character is known as a foil. A foil is a character who contrasts with another character in order to create a certain dynamic. There are many wonderful examples of this in the new novel, Dark Disciple, by Christie Golden. The two main protagonists, Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, both have qualities that embody heroism, but feature very different approaches in how they accomplish their goals. When juxtaposing the two, the reader is able to learn more about each character. How they respond to similar situations illuminates their differences, enhances their similarities, and embodies the powerful dynamic their interactions have with one another.