September 06, 2003
fiction

Consider the following people:

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Julius Caesar
  • your second grade teacher
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Peter Parker
  • Richard Nixon
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Mario
  • King Arthur
  • Charles Foster Kane
  • Han Solo
  • Napoleon
  • Phil Suh
  • Nick Fitts
  • Dan Rather
  • a sock puppet

Which ones are real? Why? Are you sure? How real are they? Is your concept of that person anything like the real person? What about the fictional ones? What about the ones you're not sure about? What about the ones you don't know? How is a fictional character different than someone you dont' know? How do characters from literature, movies, video games, history, and the real world differ? When you read a book, watch a play or movie, play a game, or hear about "real" people, to what extent do you identify with them? How much of a fictional person's identity is made up of your mental image of them? What about non-fictional people? What about the ones you're not sure about? How good is your memory? How real are you? Why? Are you sure?

(September 06, 2003 11:59 AM)
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