Sympathizing with fictional characters
Posted by Lea on September 10, 1998 at 11:46:27:
In response to Is Tess too sad and depressing?, written by Constanza on September 04, 1998 at 15:58:41
] And now, to be honest, I am scared, I really am. It is stupid because it is only a book... but then it could have been true, it could have been the story of any other woman at that time and place, no?
] And then, I don't know why, but I always fell myself closer to character in a book than to real people...
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Constanza! What an interesting post.
You made me start thinking with your thought about being closer to fictional characters than real people...But you know, it makes sense to
me because with a fictional person, we know their inner thoughts and feelings. But with a "real person" we don't have know these things, do we? :-)
Using Anne Elliot as an example, we can sympathize with the fictional Anne
in a way we could not a "real life" Anne. No one around Anne Elliot in the story Persuasion knows all she is suffering, but the reader does, and a "real" Anne isn't the kind of person who reveals her inner feelings to everybody she meets, to paraphrase, "...it's not in her nature".
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