Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Naming your Main Character: Would Rose McGowan or Charlie Rose Smell As Sweet?

Through the looking glass, Lewis Carroll's Alice stumbles upon an enormous egg-shaped figure celebrating his un-birthday. She tries to introduce herself:
"It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently. "What does it mean?"
"Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.
"Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh: "My name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost."

Dare you use something symbolic as a name for your character? 

Symbolic names occur so often in real life.

Dirty twitter pics by Rep. Weiner. 

Financial rape by Ken Lay. 

Bernie Made-off with your money. 

Martha Stewart = steward, someone who runs a household.

Shakespeare used Proteus for a changeable character (2 Gents of V), Malvolio as an ethically challenged Puritan (12th Night, and then J.K. Rowling used "Marvolo" for Tom Riddle/Voldemort's middle name), the narrator Rumor (2 Henry 4), and Falstaff as his base alter ego (Fall-staff = Shake-spear, both are moving sticks.)

Dare you!

Thanks for reading!

Here’s two interesting 99c short stories for you to read: (More fiction coming soon.)
Nag Is Hindi for Cobra (All Formats)

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