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The Fourth Wall is a scholarly term that starts from stage plays. Normally, a stage would be rectangular, so there would be 3 dividers, one in the back, and 2 on the sides. The "fourth wall" would be the edge of the stage that faces the crowd. Clearly, there was no real wall there. The term Fourth Wall alludes to the obstruction between the crowd of a work of fiction and the fictional universe itself. In many works of fiction, the fourth wall is flawless, that is, the characters don't recognize the presence of a group of people or that they, at the end of the day, are important for an fictional work. However, a few fictions utilize the artistic strategy of Breaking the Fourth Wall. This incorporates conversing with the crowd, influencing "this present reality", changing discourse bubbles, recognizing that they are important for an anecdotal world, and in any event, leaving the anecdotal work itself and entering "this present reality" (addressed, clearly, by a fictionalized form of this present reality).


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