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Questions tagged [character-analysis]

For questions about how characters act or are constructed by authors.

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In Tony Hillerman's People of Darkness, why do the Navajos accept Vines as a religious leader?

In Tony Hillerman's novel, People of Darkness, why have He's not only a white man, but a rich white man. Why would he be trusted that much? Is this plausible in some way, or is it a hole in the ...
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L'espérance in The Count of Monte Cristo

Why does Edmond name his ship L'espérance in the end? And why does he leave behind Mercédès and Albert?
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Does the description of Eustace's parents fit some known stereotype?

In the opening paragraph of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis introduces us to the (at this point in the story) singularly unlikeable character of Eustace Clarence Scrubb. About his parents, ...
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In Ulysses, why does Stephen finally decide not to stay with Bloom?

Ulysses is such a well-commented book that it's hard to find questions which have not been widely explored already. However, there's a simple aspect of character motivation I've been unable to clarify....
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What might Syme have been thinking when he was captured?

I understand that Syme was vaporised because he overthought the concept of the newspeak, but would he have regretted being an avid follower of Big Brother and destroyer of language?
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Why did Michael Corleone remove Tom Hagen from the family business?

Near the end of the novel The Godfather, Michael Corleone takes his vengeance on the other families, as well as those who betrayed him. Before this, though, he cleans house, setting up a secret regime ...
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What does “layering of roles” mean in this sentence?

What does "layering of roles" precisely mean in the following sentence quoted from Pirandello and the Crisis of Modern Consciousness by Anthony Francis Caputi? For the generation of Neveux, Jean ...
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What happened to Marley in A Christmas Carol?

Whatever happened to Scrooge’s partner after he gave his warning about the three ghosts? I know it’s way before Christmas, but I just have to know! It just seems strange to me that he’s never ...
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How did the daemon appointed by Xanth get his position?

I know from reading the Xanth novels that the daemon Xanth put another daemon in charge of providing the humans with their specific talents (magic abilities that they can use at will). Now my question ...
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Do the new characters ever wonder about olders muses of Robert Langdon?

I was reading The Origin by Dan Brown, and wondered if Ambra Vidal ever thought about whatever happened to Sienna Brooks - Langdon's muse from Inferno? Or Sienna must have vetted Langdon knowing his ...
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Was Stevenson's Captain Smollett named after Tobias Smollett?

The captain of the Hispaniola in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is a man named Alexander Smollett. There's also a Scottish writer named Tobias Smollett, and there's speculation that the ...
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In the Kalevala, what is Väinämöinen?

The character of Väinämöinen is central to the Finnish epic the Kalevala. But from reading about him and the stories online, I can't figure out whether he was a god or a mortal man. Some of the myths ...
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Comparison between beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing and Offred of The Handmaids tale

Compare and contrast the way Offred in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Beatrice in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing view romantic love. Discuss 2 similarities and 2 differences (...
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Does The Chronicles of Narnia promote deism?

Very related: Why does the Emperor-Over-the-Sea play such a small role in the Chronicles of Narnia? Also related: Why is the Emperor Beyond the Sea named that? The Chronicles of Narnia refer to ...
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Are all or some of the characters named Sganarelle the same person?

A recurring name in the cast of Molière's plays is named Sganarelle. If they were all the same person, the story of his life would look something like this: The Flying Doctor: Sganarelle is a servant ...
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Is there anything positive about Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?

Is there anything positive about the character of Stanley in the play A Streetcar Named Desire? I vaguely remembered that he supported Blanche to meet with that man... Is there anything more about ...
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How did Theseus woo Hippolyta by doing her injuries?

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theseus tells Hippolyta: THESEUS: Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword And won thy love doing thee injuries, But I will wed thee in another key, With pomp, ...
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Is John Milton's Lucifer a tragic hero?

Loosely related: Was Paradise Lost the first major work of literature to give "sympathy for the devil"? In Paradise Lost, Lucifer/Satan appears to have at least some heroic characteristics, ...
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Frankenstein's Repulsion towards his Monster

Throughout the novel, Victor Frankenstein is horrified at the fact that he created his monster. However, he does not discuss any emotional or moral reservations towards the act of creating the monster ...
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How much of the Looters' philosophy did Fred Kinnan actually accept?

Related: What was Fred Kinnan gaining from his racket? In their discussion of Directive 10-289, Fred Kinnan said the following: "Well, if you want to talk practice," said Fred Kinnan, "then let me ...
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Was Captain Hook an Etonian in the original text?

The character Captain Hook, main protagonist of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, definitely attended a British public school: Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date ...
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Is Danny the Champion of the World one of the Romani people?

We were discussing Danny the Champion of the World and how he: lives in a Caravan is part of a pheasant poaching community My friend said: Well he's obviously a [Romani] isn't he? Is there ...
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: How much does Mrs Alexander know?

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time one of the characters, Mrs Alexander, reveals to Christopher that his mother and Mr Shears were having an affair. Later, however, she seems ...
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1984 - What does O'Brien mean by this sentence? [duplicate]

While Winston is being held prisoner, O'Brien walks in the room for the first time and the conversation goes something like this: Winston: They got you too! O'Brien: Yes, they got me a long ...
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How much of Ariande Oliver's character is self-insertion by Agatha Christie?

The recurring character Ariande Oliver (present in a number of Agatha Christie's novels) seems to be at least partially self-insertion by Christie (At the very least, both write mystery fiction ...
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Did Philip manipulate Jack?

In Pillars of the Earth following a destructive fight between Jack and Alfred, Philip concedes that the Builder's Lodge should set the punishment but made it clear that he would not tolerate both Jack ...
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Why are Maggie and Sharon so bitter and angry?

In The Host, Melanie's aunt Maggie and her daughter Sharon, who Melanie was trying to find when she got caught by the souls and tried to jump down an elevator shaft, are shown to be quite bitter and ...
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Was Sybill Trelawney named after “the” Sybil?

When she gave actual prophecies, Sybill Trelawney had a completely different "persona," not remembering what she said afterwards. Was she named after "the" Sybil (the one known for multiple ...
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Is Equality 7-2521 a model for John Galt?

Is Equality 7-2521/Prometheus (from Anthem) a model for John Galt? A few major similarities: Significantly, Equality calls himself Prometheus once he realizes that he has a right to exist as an ...
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Is Harry Hotspur portrayed as a villain in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I?

Having studied Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part I and seen a performance of it in Stratford, I'm still uncertain of how we're meant to view the character of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur). Clearly he's ...
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Why didn't Eddie Willers ever connect some of the disappearances to his conversations with the Mystery Worker?

Eddie Willers periodically ate dinner in the Taggart cafeteria with the Mystery Worker (who is, of course, later identified as John Galt). They discuss a lot of different things, including the state ...
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What kind of engineer was Owen Kellogg?

Towards the beginning of Atlas Shrugged, Owen Kellogg was described as follows: [Dagney Taggart] knew that the superintendent of the Ohio Division was no good and that he was a friend of James ...
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Why did Eddie refer to himself as a “feudal serf”?

In the beginning of the book, when Eddie Willars confronted Jim Taggart about the poor condition of the Rio Norte Line, they had the following exchange: "Jim, what are you saying? Does it matter ...
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Why is there so little character to the character of Shadow in American Gods?

I recently finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Among the criticisms I felt fair to level at it was that Shadow, the central protagonist, is very much a blank slate. We rarely get any insight to his ...
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What is meant to be gleaned from Patrick Bateman's love of specific musicians in American Psycho?

I've just finished reading American Psycho, and I'm confused why the book took the time to devote entire chapters to Bateman's love of different 80's artists. Specifically, Bateman spends upwards of ...
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Does it fit in with Hermione's character for her to be tipsy?

One of the things that always bothered me about the Half Blood Prince movie is that there's a scene where Hermione is tipsy. I can't find a good clip of the scene online, but there's a lot of ...
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JKR says that Hermione shouldn't have married Ron. Is this correct?

In an interview, JKR says that Hermione would not have married Ron: She told the magazine: "I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really....
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Why and how is Mr. Thompson based on Harry S. Truman?

Wikipedia's list of characters in Atlas Shrugged describes Mr. Thompson as follows: Mr. Thompson is the "Head of the State" for the United States. He is not particularly intelligent and has a very ...
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Why did all of the Taggart Transcontinental engineers volunteer to drive the first train on the John Galt Line?

Early on in the book, the engineer running the Comet stopped for hours at a broken signal and spent hours waiting for someone to tell him what to do. However, later we see that almost every engineer ...
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Tom and Nick's meeting in the Great Gatsby

At the end of Gatsby when Tom and Nick meet, after their conversation Nick states that Tom: "went into the jewelry store to buy a pearl necklace — or perhaps only a pair of cuff buttons — rid of ...
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Why did Robert Stadler claim that John Galt was “probably a second assistant bookkeeper somewhere”?

When Dagney Taggert went to see Dr. Robert Stadler at the State Science Institute, in explanation for his mistrust of humans and human reason, he told the story of his three students: "These three ...
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In what way was Dr. Robert Stadler based on Robert Oppenheimer?

Wikipedia describes Dr. Robert Stadler from Atlas Shrugged as follows: A former professor at Patrick Henry University, and along with colleague Hugh Akston, mentor to Francisco d'Anconia, John Galt ...
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Why did Lillian Reardon appear to admire the Steel Mills?

Shortly after their wedding anniversary celebration (p. 152 in my edition), Hank Reardon recalls Lillian coming down from New York on her own initiative to see his Mills: [Hank] remembered the day ...
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What should we make of the newspaper vendor in Atlas Shrugged?

Related: How should we view Dan Conway? First, a quote from the opening scene of the book: "Who is John Galt?" The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum's face. The ...
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Does Gale have a sadistic streak, or is he merely willing to be ruthless?

There are two particular incidents that I was thinking of in particular. First was his comment to Katniss prior to the first Hunger Games that killing people in the Arena wasn't really all that ...
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How did Nita and Dairine's sibling relation change after Dairine became a wizard?

How did Nita and Dairine's sibling relation change after Dairine became a wizard in High Wizardry?
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Is there a contrast between Trofimov and Lopakhin in Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard"?

I am an intern who is teaching in high school in India. In the syllabus, I got across Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" in Hindi. After discussing the book with the students, I found out that there ...
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Why is the Emperor Beyond the Sea named that?

Closely related: Why does the Emperor-Over-the-Sea play such a small role in the Chronicles of Narnia? Why is the Emperor Beyond The Sea in The Chronicles of Narnia named that? What sea is he beyond, ...
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Why don't people in the Chronicles of Narnia have trouble “transitioning” back to their old life after extended times in other worlds?

In The Chronicles of Narnia, people often spend weeks, months, or even decades in other worlds. They return to their old life at the exact instant that they left as if they were never gone. For ...
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Rhett Butler's character archetype?

My question is about "Gone with the Wind," and is actually more about cinema than literature (I haven't read the book), but I think it might also be pertinent here. How would you call Rhett Butler's ...