What’s with the Name? What Is a Literary Aside?
An aside is a tool incorporated by the expert dramatists craftsmen to give the audience insight into something through a character’s dialogue. The thing with the aside is that even though the dialogue is spoken, it’s only “heard” by the audience, but not by other characters in the play. From what characters other than the speaker are concerned, the aside never happened.
Or, if you’d prefer, an aside is, well, to put it blatantly, a fourth wall break. It’s much like what everyone’s favorite Marvel anti-hero Deadpool does all the time.
The reason why I chose this particular name is that I’ll try to cover literature as is, in its unmodified uniqueness and glory. But, I’ll provide my opinions, thoughts, and other insight as kind of an aside.
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