Disciplines > Storytelling > Story Devices > Aside. To or toward the side: step aside. prep. If you want to find examples of asides in famous works of literature, look no further than the writing of William Shakespeare. It can be difficult for playwrights to effectively portray a character’s true and private thoughts and feelings. These devices serve several important functions, some which are relegated to a simple beautifying of text, while others run a little deeper and help in enhancing, adding layers, and/or bringing out the meaning of the work. 99 examples: Moreover, the ' asides ' - of which the author is fond - are not always… What is/ isnt an "aside", in literature and drama? In plays and movies, the character making the aside will often turn away from the other characters and face the audience or camera while speaking. The