Who are the characters, and what is the characterization, in the story "In the South" by Salman Rushdie?

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The two main characters in the story are called Senior and Junior, two old men who share a name that starts with V but go by their nicknames because they dislike their given name so much. They are the same age, eighty-one, though Senior is older than Junior by seventeen...

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The two main characters in the story are called Senior and Junior, two old men who share a name that starts with V but go by their nicknames because they dislike their given name so much. They are the same age, eighty-one, though Senior is older than Junior by seventeen days. They live in apartments adjacent to one another and frequently go out to their balconies to talk, or more often argue, with one another. They bicker and quarrel, insulting each other, but it is all part of their relationship; they also walk together, once a week, to cash their pension checks. Both Senior and Junior are both directly and indirectly characterized: this means, respectively, that the narrator sometimes uses adjectives to describe them directly and, at other times, tells us about their attitudes and behaviors and allows us to come to conclusions about their natures and relationship ourselves.

Junior is a static character, which means that he does not undergo any significant or fundamental changes in the story. Senior is a bit more difficult to pin down because he is certainly affected by Junior's death. I would say that he is dynamic; in the end, he thinks, "The world was meaningless. There was no meaning to be found in it, he thought. The texts were empty and his eyes were blind." He has not always felt this way, but now he thinks that "Death and life were just adjacent verandas." He was never the most optimistic or lively fellow, but now he feels that his life has lost meaning, that the world has lost meaning, and this was not the case before.

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