7 hours ago
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I came across this literary device recently. I thought a ficelle was some fancy French bread.
I was right! It is. But it is also this:
A term used by Henry James to denote a fictional character whose role as confidante is exploited as a means of providing the reader with information while avoiding direct address from the narrator.
(from the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms)
The word comes from the French word "string," as in, the strings that pull a marionette's limbs, to manipulate the story, so-to-speak.
Neat huh? I never thought as side-kick characters in this way, but it's certainly a useful thing.
Also, don't forget to check out Deb Salisbury's post on "How do you personify your Muse?" Check out answers from Sarah Fine, myself, and Laura this past month!