Why did Luigi Pirandello not give the characters or the actors names in his play Six Characters in Search of an Author?

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In Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, the six incomplete characters are searching for an author to finish fleshing them out and complete their story. Part of the incompleteness of the characters is their lack of names. Their being identified merely by roles within a family rather than having individual names emphasizes that they are not fully rounded characters but rather the sort of character types that are found in commedia dell'arte which are realized in improvisatory performance but still remain types rather than fully individuated realistic characters.

The lack of names is also important because it reflects on the nature of acting, especially as it was practiced in the stock companies of the types portrayed in the play. Actors rotated through various different...

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