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Character - Purpose of Character in General

Character - Purpose of Character in General

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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Aug 28, 2011
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Lecture topicCharacter and its generalpurpose
Each character can be considered on their own, and their journeys, decisionsand personalities can be analysed to teach us a lot about the author¶s attitudes,values and beliefs. Brave New World does a good job of giving us charactersfrom within and from outside of the World State to help give us a really clear picture of the impact of stability, conformity and difference.This presentation will give a general overview of the value of character as atechnique. We¶ll look broadly at how characters and character actions can beanalysed in order to sustain an argument about what an author was trying toachieve. Follow up presentations will dig into individual characters and their specific impact on what the novel is able to achieve.
Good characters tend to be a lot more than just bodies in space whoreact to various events that randomly occur around them. They tendto be designed to be loved or hated and their actions and decisionsbecome yard sticks for reflections on our own values an attitudes.Obviously, we don¶t have to read into and analyse a character toenjoy a novel, but a good character will be rich enough in complexityto challenge our thinking and allow for reflection.

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