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.

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