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THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA: A CHARACTER ANALYSIS


ODETTE BLUMENFELD
“AL.I.CUZA” UNIVERSITY, IAŞI, ROMANIA

Issue:

CP, Number 11

Section:

No. 11 (2006)  Editorial

Abstract:

This article is concerned with the dramatic character, an aesthetically constructed reality. It is generally agreed that the term is a complex one. It has taken on connotations of key words from other discourses, chiefly the philosophical and psychological/ psychoanalytical ones. Consequently, this article refers to such terms as personality, identity, self, character as a personal programme for converting wishes into deeds, all of them valid components of a working anatomy of dramatic character. It also runs over fine distinctions – character-actant, character-actor, character-role – which clearly reveal the deep structure of the text, the main conflicts of the play, and character classifications – mono vs. multidimensional characters, types and individuals - which bring to the fore the main features of the protagonists. Finally, there are suggested other means of character delineation: the meaning and connotations of the names, the use of objects and accessories with a symbolic value.

Keywords:

dramatic character, figure, personality, identity, actant-actor-role, type.

Code [ID]:

CP200611V00S01A0002 [0002090]


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