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How does a novelist andor a playwright make a character interesting for us One would think that the plot of a novel or play would mould its characters and determine whether they are interesting or not however even in a mediocre book there can be a character that is interesting for some reason or other This some reason or other can be defined through the readers relationship with this character what makes a character interesting is that the reader either can identify and empathise with himher or is placed in a position where she is able to make a value judgement about this character Characters that a reader remembers are usually main characters purely because one sees and gets to know the most about them To show how novelists and playwrights make their characters memorable and remarkable it is best to use the example of two main characters that are in situations that are comparable to some extent The protagonists in Shakespeares Hamlet and Forsters A Passage to India are involved in crime for various reasons and have to deal with different degrees of punishment but all are affected by mental strain In this essay I will examine the different techniques the novelistplaywright uses by referring to both novels more specifically the two main characters Hamlet and Aziz As mentioned above the most simple way that a novelistplaywright can make a character interesting is by letting the reader know a lot about them There are different means to achieve this end an all-knowing narrator can impart the information which usually gives the reader insight without getting them emotionally involved This occurs in Forsters novel as the reader is still getting to know Aziz and also Fielding Forster describes their appearance and views - we hear of Azizs pride in Islam and the discrepancies in what he thinks about the haughty and venal English and how he acts towards them Other ways
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