The motley medley of variegated literary characters

Document Type : Original Article


Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engg., Amal Jyothi College of Engg., Kanjirapally


Literature across the ages has its fair share of actors. Creations of their masters, they are lent an identity of their own. The more famous of their kind, imbued with flesh and blood, assume proportions of greatness, rival the stature of their creators. Sherlock Holmes, Atticus Finch and Jean Valjean to cite a few, are such stellar characters inhabiting the realm of literature. They shine on in the firmament long after Arthur Conan Doyle, Harper Lee and Victor Hugo would have possibly passed into oblivion. Occasionally, there comes into our orbit, a setting where several of them, including real personalities make a combined entry, flitting in and out as in a play. Though the very idea is preposterous, invoking mixed feelings of grandeur and incredulity, such spoof films capture the zeitgeist as well as redefine how life resonates with basic human tendencies and fallacies, and applicable across centuries and decades.

It is the express intention of the paper to explore the variegated characters, their mannerisms, quintessential behaviour, political leanings, the imprint of their societal effect the general trends of life around them and how these characters shaped the world around them. It has been a largely successful attempt in perceiving their subtle human foibles intertwined with that of their compatriots. The presence of the large population has brought to focus the esoteric drama, fire and ecstasy surrounding them.