How are characters, other than Jesus, portrayed in The Last Temptation of Christ?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The supporting characters in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, Martin Scorsese), and there are many, are portrayed with the same realism with which Jesus himself is portrayed. Most notably, they are on the one hand, reasoning and rational, not weakling fanatics, while on the other hand, they are shown with deep emotions and passions. Yet these traits are incorporated into each character to present psychological integrity rather than psychological abnormality: they are realistic and representatively normal for their culture and time, as Scorsese and novel author Nikos Kazantzakis perceived it.