Characters

Topics: Oedipus, Greek mythology, Jocasta Pages: 9 (1853 words) Published: August 31, 2013
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|Name : Syamin Na Illah bt. Shamsul Azhar | |Metrics no : 2013895326 | |Subject : Theater Script Analysis | |Lecturer : Puan Umi Kalsom | 1.0 DEFINITION

Characters are artificial people created by dramatist or playwrights. Each character has his or her own identity, behavior and characterization. Characterization is the process in which the playwright reveals the personality of a character in terms of feelings, emotion and desires.

1.1 History

The term was introduced in the mid 15th century. Aristotle promoted the primacy of plot over characters arguing over his Poetics. Since the end of the 18th century, the term “character” was used to describe an effective impersonation by an actor. Since the 19th century, the art of creating characters has been called characterization. The study of character requires an analysis of its relations of its relations with all of the other characters in the work. The individual status of a character is defined through the network of oppositions that it forms with the other characters such as pragmatic, linguistic, proxemic.

JOCASTA

Biological traits

Mother of Oedipus

Jocasta is the mother of Oedipus. This is proven when Oedipus says :

I would not have come to kill my father,
      and men would not see in me the husband
      of the woman who gave birth to me.
      Now I am abandoned by the gods,                                                      [1360]       the son of a corrupted mother,
      conceiving children with the woman
      who gave me my own miserable life.
      If there is some suffering more serious                                      1610       than all the rest, then it too belongs
      in the fate of Oedipus.

Conclusion

By the dialogue above, Oedipus knows of the truth and admits that he had committed a crime so repulsive which is that...
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