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What role does characterisation play in Genesis by Beckett?

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swarnamalis | College Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM via web

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What role does characterisation play in Genesis by Beckett?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Genesis is not a typical story.  Characterization is important in any tale, but this one is an allegorical story.  Allegorical stories are intended to send a message, and the characters usually are somewhat less important than the message.  In this story, there is a lot of indirect characterization.  While we are told specifics about Anaximander and Adam Forde, we learn more about them through the development of the plot in the form of the trial.  Thus the development of these characters serves the large purpose of conveying the book’s themes about the dangers of assumptions, and the problem with thought.

 

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