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Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann plays an extremely important role in The Lyre of Orpheus His character is vital to plot development character exposition and theme revelation Hoffmann has no physical role in the story sojourning in limbo because he died with his opera incomplete he looks down on the scene and comments on the performances of the mortals whose activities he hopes will get him out of there Stewart Hoffmanns supernatural presence impacts these aspects of the novel One of the main plot strands of The Lyre of Orpheus concerns the production of an opera subsidized by the Cornish Foundation - not so much a production in fact as the reconstruction and completion of a complicated original work by the German Romantic composer ETA Hoffmann Lodge Hoffmann initiates this action as he is responsible for the opera that all of the characters have come together to finish Although Hoffmann has little further effect on the action he has a role in the success of the opera Hoffmann recognizes his opportunity to escape limbo though the success of the opera Is this my great chance I must do everything I can to help I shall stand at Schnaks shoulder and push her in the right direction so far as I canSchnak is going to need luck or she will simply make a mess of my hastily scribbled intentions I must be Schnaks luck Davies 48 Hoffmann ensures the success of the Opera He appears again in an encounter with Dr Dahl-Soot I sat by her bedside the whole night through Did I speak to her in her dreamsthat was my hope 154 Hoffmann plays a critical role in the initiation of the plot and the resolution as well Hoffmanns influence exposes the characteristics of the mortals whom he watches Hoffmann has an omniscient perspective and thus is able to reflect impartially on the characters he encounters as opposed to the primary narrator of the majority of
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