There’s a literary principle called Chekov’s Gun in which if an author shows you a gun, then there’s a good chance it’s going to be fired. Basically, if you bother to show the audience something significant then it has to have some kind of meaning behind it whether literal or symbolic; and if it doesn’t then it should be removed. NOTE: This shouldn’t be confused with foreshadowing as foreshadowing drops subtle hints along the way leading up to the big reveal (think Bruce Willis’ character from SIXTH SENSE). Chekov’s Gun isn’t a hard and fast rule per se and there…

Jacob F. Keller

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