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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello$
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Ann Hallamore Caesar

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151760.001.0001

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The Rise of the Character: Six Characters and the Drama of Creativity

The Rise of the Character: Six Characters and the Drama of Creativity

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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Ann Hallamore Caesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the exceptional craft of Luigi Pirandello in creating characters that would effectively tell a story based on the novel's point-of-view. In the first parts of the chapter, Pirandello's most notable characters are studied. The chapter also puts emphasis on the relevance of Luigi Pirandello's characters on the history of effective story telling. The chapter also discusses the ‘first-person narration’ — a concept that Luigi Pirandello made, suggesting that to be able to effectively bring a character to life and enhance the literary aesthetics of a certain production, authors must always relate the characters to their portrayers' own story. The chapter also provides emphasis on the character-plot relationship as being ‘inseparable’. In the succeeding parts of the chapter, issues such as artistic problems that the theatrical productions faced during Pirandello's time are also discussed. In addition, this chapter provides readers an overview of Pirandello's relationship with his father.

Keywords:   Luigi Pirandello, characters, story telling, first person narration, character-plot relationship

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