The nature of the relationship between fictional characters and the development of character in everyday life seems always to have been taken for granted rather than thoroughly studied, yet the subject is neither simple nor unimportant. Faced with this question many people are likely to point out that writers in their works offer interpretations of individuals they have met, or produce composites of observed traits in accordance with their deliberate or unwitting purposes. In other words, the first assumption would be that art inexactly copies life.
KeywordsNarrative Literature Good Woman Woman Character Real Woman Creative Myth
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