What do they say about a gun in the first act?
Keeping this in view, how do you use Chekhov's gun?
How to use Chekhov's Gun
- Spotlight an item. Authors can use their prose to bring a scene or setting to life.
- Spotlight a character trait. You should also keep Chekhov's Gun in mind when it comes to character development.
- Do something unexpected.
- Focus on an element that carries strong implications.
Also, what is the opposite of Chekhov's gun? Red herrings exist solely to throw us off. They purposely make us think something is wrong to maintain the surprise when it is revealed (or to make it a surprise). Chekhov's gun is the exact opposite, saying that anything that is explicitly mentioned must be used.
Simply so, is Chekhov's gun foreshadowing?
The difference is that a Chekhov's gun is a specific element (often, but not always, a physical object) that is introduced early, and then comes back later, whereas foreshadowing is merely a hint or reference to what will come later.
Why is it called Chekhov's gun?
The term 'Chekhov's Gun' comes from something Chekhov allegedly said in the 1880s (it was noted down by Ilia Gurliand): 'If in Act I you have a pistol hanging on the wall, then it must fire in the last act'.