I always loved the term “Foil” in school, because it applied to math (First, Inner, Outer, Last!) and English, which was my specialty and eventually became my college major. Two characters, whose qualities, personalities, actions, etc ‘reflect’ one another’s so much that their qualities, personalities, etc, etc are amplified—that is a very basic, not-probably going to find it in a dictionary or glossary of literary terms, definition.
Man in the Wall was on last night (White polo shirt, adios Tessa, Brennan on meth…you know the one,) and one of my favorite parts of that episode is when Brennan insists to Angela that Booth is not a balker. It’s one of those moments that is very hot, as Booth described her in the “pre-canon 100th” stuff, and this time around, it reminded me of the future, when Dr. Wyatt tells Sweets that B&B are more alike than different. This idea that Brennan and Booth are more alike than different is an idea I like very much, but it doesn’t exactly fall in line with talk about foils, in the literary sense.
I think B&B are foils in some ways, but I also think there could be claims for Brennan/Sweets as foils, Booth/Sweets as foils, Booth/Jeffersonian team as foils, Brennan/Angela as foils, and there are probably others I’m not thinking about. What about the idea of B&B/Sweets (with Booth and Brennan as one unit as foils to Sweets)? I’m just tossing ideas out here; I am not sure what I think one way or the other.
What do you think? Which characters’ personalities clash/reflect one another’s so greatly as to amplify them?
On the flip side, which characters’ personalities are more alike than different? Do B&B fall into this category for you? How about Booth and Max? Brennan and Sweets perhaps, with their genius minds?
I’m interested to hear what you have to say, so I hope you will.
Peace, Love & Bones,