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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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Self and Other in Society: Gossip, Shame, and Scandal

Self and Other in Society: Gossip, Shame, and Scandal

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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Ann Hallamore Caesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how Luigi Pirandello's characters tend to get him ‘too involved’ to some extent that he experienced difficulties in creating the novels himself. In the first parts of the chapter, it emphasizes how Pirandello made his way out of the said predicament by providing the characters with mediums that would enable them to embody themselves in public. The further parts of the chapter focus on the continuous improvements in Pirandello's authorship by diversifying his characters and seeing them in a different perspective. The chapter also emphasizes the use of ‘sex’ as a primary factor that more often determines how people live their lives in reality. In addition, the chapter discusses certain parts of Pirandello's novels that portray gossip as an influential means of imposing a strong characteristic of people living in a community. This chapter emphasizes Pirandello's use of human imperfection as a key factor to effectively convey a message to the readers.

Keywords:   Luigi Pirandello, characters, novels, mediums, sex, gossip, human imperfection

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