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Questions tagged [character-analysis]

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

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Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition? [migrated]

Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition?
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Why does the boy-next-door raise objections about the racist remarks that the others are making?

Why does the boy-next-door raise objections about the racist remarks that his yippie friends make in the introductory chapters? Bateman does it twice in quick succession as if to show the reader that ...
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Inconsistencies in the character of Horatio in Hamlet

In the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, Horatio is a friend and "fellow student" of the eponymous prince. A meticulous reading of the text will reveal certain apparent inconsistencies in the depiction ...
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Why did the Witches give the prophecy in the first place?

The 3 Witches prophecied to Macbeth that he would be king, thus setting the play into motion. Why did they do that? Did they realize that they were basically giving a self-fulfilling prophecy, and ...
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How is the theme of innocence featured in the Turn of the Screw?

I noticed that in the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, there is a theme of innocence. It's really shown through how the governess perceives Miles and Flora at first, but then as she ...
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In Penelope Fitzgerald’s short story The Prescription, significance of “Knowledge is good, but what is the use of knowledge without honesty?”

In Penelope Fitzgerald’s short story The Prescription (1982), Dr. Mehmet Bey almost kills his 14-year-old apprentice, Alecco, by forcing him to drink a poisoned prescription after discovering the boy ...
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What is the significance of Sauron never having a physical presence in the Lord of the Rings?

So I noticed that in Lord of the Rings Sauron acts as a very interesting villain. He never makes a corporeal appearance, nor does he have any acting dialogue. He's mentioned plenty of times through ...
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Why does Liesel ignore Max at first in “The Book Thief”?

In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel Meminger and Max Vandenburg have an interesting relationship: at first, Liesel ignores Max and is hesitant to to talk to him. Then, for some reason, the two ...
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What was Fausts purpose?

It seems like at the end of Faust II, he has realized what he should do. Shortly before that, he kills humans on his quest to help humanity. So what exactly is his new purpose, except that he has ...
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Could Becky Sharp in “Vanity Fair” be considered a Byronic heroine?

I was recently rereading William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, Vanity Fair as it follows the lives of two distinct female characters, Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley. I also have read that Thackeray ...
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What makes Elizabeth Bennet “life-like” in “Pride and Prejudice”?

This is an essay prompt from my literature class: "The women in Jane Austen's novels are more life-like than men". How far is this comment applicable to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice? What ...
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How has Okonkwo succeed in resisting the colonizer through word-play in “Things Fall Apart”?

In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo refuses to speak the language of the colonizer (the white man) , rather he uses his own language (Ibo) to deconstruct the language of the colonizer. So, how has Okonkwo ...
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Question about a personal interpretation of Mckee's basic elements of Story: events and beats

I would like to propose a "technical/practical" interpretation of Mckee's basic story elements. My interpretation is some sort of a set theoretical motivated, on which the construction of the next ...
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Are the homoerotic hints in “La Reine Margot” intentional?

La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas can be read as the story of two guys, and their two girlfriends: the alpha couple is Marguerite de Valois (Margot), who's having a passionate affair with the ...
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Purple Hibiscus: The death of Eugene

How was Kambili affected by her father's death? I understand that she was the only one in the household who was able to love and see pass the image of a violent father but she was also physically and ...
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How is Wuthering Heights focused on male experience?

How is Wuthering Heights focused on male experience, and in what way does it trace the development and education of Heathcliff?
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Is there any evidence Mat Cauthon was inspired by Matthias Corvinus?

Matthias Corvinus, also known as the Raven King, was King of Hungary and Croatia for a while in the 1400s. He was a noted general, and extensively made use of Hussite mercenaries in his battles. He ...
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How is Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby” a controversial character?

I have to gather a list of some controversial characters in English Literature. As a result, I came up with a small list. A few characters were suggested by my friends, but one I found a bit confusing....
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How is Wainamoinen “old” at the start of the second Rune?

At the end of the first rune of the Kalevala (Crawford's translation), Wainamoinen has just been born. These are the last four lines of this rune: Thus our hero, Wainamoinen, Thus the wonderful ...
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Meaning and implication of these lines in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell: There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely ...
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Why did Ellsworth Toohey advise people against doing what they really wanted when he was a career advisor?

Prior to his job on The Banner, Ellsworth Toohey spent awhile as a career advisor at a college. One of his distinctive traits as a career advisor was that he usually advised people against doing what ...
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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 a group of Navajos, who followed some form of traditional Navajo religion, accepted B.J. Vines as their religious leader? He's not only a white ...
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L'espérance in The Count of Monte Cristo [closed]

Why does Edmond name his ship L'espérance in the end? And why does he leave behind Mercédès and Albert?
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Is Mike an anarchist in *The Moon is a Harsh Mistress*?

In the later parts of Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, we find out that Manny and Prof are motivated by their anarchist political beliefs. They argue for these beliefs in the new ...
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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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What connects the strangeness of the people and the magic of the bathroom?

I was just reading Turkish Short Stories from the October 2017 issue of Words Without Borders. In particular, the story "The Little Bathroom" by Sine Ergün (published freely online, and translated ...
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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 ...