In Shakespeare, what is a foil? Provide an example.
In Shakespeare's plays a foil is a character who contradicts the main character, the foil keeps the main character from succeeding. Though good friends, in Hamlet, one of the many foils is Horatio. Horatio is loyal and strong, while throughout the play Hamlet excitable and sporadic. In Romeo and Juliet the foil is played by Mercutio and Tybalt due to their hatred of the opposing families.
Describe the symbolism in The Great Gatsby.
The American novel The Great Gatsby represents the decline of the American Dream. The book is set in the summer of 1922, the Roaring Twenties. The author states that the American Dream is about individualism, discovery, and the pursuit of happiness, but it became easy money and the relaxed moral and social values that lead to corruption. This is exhibited in Daisy's affair, her husbands, and Jay's criminal behavior to impress the woman he loves.
What is transmedia and how does it pertain to the study of English?
Transmedia is the extension of an original text that does not have to be written by the author. For example, the Harry Potter movie series is an extension of the book series written by J.K. Rowling. Rowling did not write the films, but they were based on her original stories. Extension texts help us understand English because the ideas have been expanded and recreated in a different medium.