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The use of a foil character in pieces of literature is a very popular technique that greatly accentuates and helps us better understand the main character It has been used by many authors ranging from William Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet to Mark Twain in his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Another example can be seen in the short story The Dead by James Joyce The author uses the long dead character Michael Furey to help us better observe the main character Gabriel Gabriel and Michael Furey are different in almost every way Gabriel is a very educated man and does not see the world with passion as does Michael Due to his extensive schooling Gabriel is a very reasonable person Before he goes outside he is seen struggling into his overcoat pg 217 and putting on his galoshes Michael Furey however is a very passionate person and he would do anything in the name of love When he learnt that Gretta was leaving him he went out in the rain despite his bad health with no shoes or heavy clothing Gretta saw him at the end of the garden shiveringpg 233 Gabriel even says that he could never feel like that himself towards any woman pg 235 and that he could never have such love for a woman that he would risk his life for her We also see a contrast in the way that both characters will or have died Michael died suddenly and for a good reason He passed boldly into that other world in the full glory of some passion pg 235 while Gabriel is going to fade and whither dismally with age pg 235 At the end of the novel Gabriel fears this and even sees the difference between the two However we can see some passion in Gabriel by the end of the story When he realizes that the man his wife truly loved was a boy
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