24 Answered Questions for the topic Character Analysis
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... more
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?
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... more
What is the purpose of Owl Eyes in Great Gatsby?
Scott Fitzgerald rarely puts characters or events that have do not either have an underlying message or support in the character development of the lead characters. Therefore I was confused as to... more
Why did the characters in "No Exit" agree to torment each other?
Once the characters in *No Exit* realized that they were placed there to torment each other, why didn't they refuse to do so? When Joseph says "eh bien, continuons" ("very well, let's get on with... more
To what extent did Agatha Christie base Captain Hastings on Dr. Watson?
I've noticed that there are quite a few parallels between Agatha Christie's [Captain Arthur Hastings](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Hastings) and Arthur Conan Doyle's [Dr. John... more
Is Troy the antagonist in "Fences"?
Is Troy the antagonist of the play *Fences*? The antagonist is, by definition, the opposer to the protagonist, who is also Troy. However, Troy often acts against his own beliefs (i.e., sending Gabe... more
Does Puzzle the Donkey have an allegorical relationship with any entity in the Book of Revelation or the Bible at large?
C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are a great children's series which present an allegory the New Testament and Biblical history. That said, Lewis sometimes put in things that don't necessarily... more
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... more
What does Narcissa Malfoy's name say about her character?
Many of the names in the Harry Potter series are chosen so as to reflect some trait of their character. For example: Sirius Black the black dog, Remus Lupin the wolf, Severus the severe teacher,... more
Is there a name for a comic relief character that temporarily becomes highly capable?
This is a trope that I've seen sometimes in comic books. I haven't seen it in prose fiction yet.Sometimes, we see a character who provides comic relief become highly capable for a single issue or... more
Why are Drizzt's eyes purple?
In R. A. Salvatore's books **The Legend of Drizzt** series, the main character Drizzt Do'Urden is a Drow, a species in Forgotten Realms that live underground and far cousins to elves. Drow have... more
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... more
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... more
Why does Steinbeck never name Curley's wife?
Curley's wife plays an important role in the novel and yet is never given a name. Perhaps Steinbeck was trying to not encourage the audience to develop a personal connection to her? I'd like to see... more
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*... more
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... more
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... more
How does Effie Trinket's name relate to how she is portrayed throughout the series?
[Merriam-Webster](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trinket) defines *Trinket* like this:>1: a small ornament (such as a jewel or ring) 2: a small article of equipment 3: a thing... more
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... more
Is Jack (in Lord of the Flies) actually 'bad'?
For me, the real 'evil' in *The Lord of the Flies* was Roger. From the beginning the story shows how he has 'revelations' about how there is no one to stop him bullying and hurting.Jack, for me,... more
Why wasn't O'Brien considered a thought criminal?
Given that O'Brien shows a high level of awareness of the Party's deceptiveness and malice (e.g. the fact that he admitted to being involved in creating and promoting the Goldstein myth), to what... more
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... more