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ⓘ Aside




Aside
                                     

ⓘ Aside

An aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience. By convention the audience is to realize that the characters speech is unheard by the other characters on stage. It may be addressed to the audience expressly or represent an unspoken thought. An aside is usually a brief comment, rather than a speech, such as a monologue or soliloquy. Unlike a public announcement, it occurs within the context of the play. An aside is, by convention, a true statement of a characters thought; a character may be mistaken in an aside, but may not be dishonest. In literature, a narrator’s aside provides commentary on a character or other important information for the reader. For example, the writer of the Acts of the Apostles offers commentary on the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees through an aside which the New Revised Standard Version puts in parenthesis:" The Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge all three”.

                                     

1. Examples

This technique is used by many playwrights, including William Shakespeare. For instance, in the play Macbeth, Macbeth has the following aside:

Here is another example in the Shakespeare play Hamlet:

This technique has frequently been used in film comedy, for example in the Bob Hope "Road" comedies, Woody Allen comedies and in Ferris Buellers Day Off. The Jean-Luc Godard film Breathless contains an early use of character aside.

More recently, it is used by Ian Richardsons character Francis Urquhart in the 1990 BBC mini-series House of Cards, as well as Kevin Spaceys character Frank Underwood in the 2013 Netflix original series of the same name. It can be used to explain the often complex politics on the show, describe what the characters plans/emotions are or simply for humorous effect.

                                     

2. Uses

Aside is used to gossip about characters or other characters without their consciousness, give audiences better understanding of matters, as well as make audiences laugh; this humour that may be generated is because the character or characters being talked about is or are not conscious of the fact they are being spoken of.

                                     
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