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.


Narrative Literature Good Woman Woman Character Real Woman Creative Myth 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    See Raymond B. Cattell, The Scientific Analysis of Personality (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965) p. 14.Google Scholar
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    See E. M. W. Tillyard’s The English Epic, and its Background (Chatto & Windus, 1954) ch. 2.Google Scholar
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    W. H. Auden, ‘The Shield of Achilles’, Collected Poems, Edward Mendelson (ed.) (Faber & Faber, 1976) p. 454.Google Scholar
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    Charles Williams, The Figure of Beatrice (Faber & Faber, 1943) p. 15.Google Scholar
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    Christopher Gillie, Character in English Literature (Chatto & Windus, 1967) p. 19.Google Scholar
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    Charles Muscatine, Chaucer and the French Tradition ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957 ) p. 247.Google Scholar
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    See Gordon S. Haight, George Eliot (Oxford University Press, 1968) p. 146.Google Scholar

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