Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chekhov's Gun

Just came upon this nifty expression: Chekhov's Gun.

From wikipedia:

"Chekhov's gun is a literary technique whereby an apparently irrelevant element is introduced early in the story whose significance becomes clear later in the narrative.[dubious – discuss] The concept is named after Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, who mentioned several variants of the concept in letters."

The article goes on to state that, in Chekhov's view, one must not put a loaded gun onstage if one does not have the intention of having someone fire it at some time in the play.

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