Proper Names in Plays, by Chance or Design?

In this article, Golightly discusses the possibility of authors of plays choosing particular names on purpose to create a certain feeling about a character or theme. He also discusses how many authors most likely choose names for their characters on a whim. Golightly concludes that even though there may not be a particular motivation for choosing a name for a character in a work, there is always a psychological motivation for the author to call a character by their “proper” or “appropriate” name. The process of an author giving names to fictional characters is truly an interesting process when discussing the motivation behind authors’ choices.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 05:1
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