InPirandello’s work, SixCharacters in Search of an Author itis clearly shown the difficulties to be not only a good actor, but areal one. Themes as: real life drama and fake drama on stagepretending to transmit reality are not easily identified. Mostevidently are subjects as family problems like: jealousy, separation,incest, fights and suicide. But the main topic on the play could bethe importance of what type of people takes the scenario characters,people with real problems and actors. The way the arguments among thepersonalities have, which it is a little difficult to interpretbecause it is hard to know if the family (the six characters who arelooking for an author) is exposing veracity on the stage orexpressing the importance of being one person on stage, the performerand the character.
Thereforethe main conflict in this work is to differentiate own real life andfalse reality as an actor and the importance of being able torecognized the emotions in order to express them on stage. In thelight of some arguments between the manager or director and thepersonality identified as the father, it is seen how the second oneupholds his disagreement of an actor performing his story. In thesame way, the step-daughter backs up the father’s discrepancyconfirming that nobody could execute the role of her and it was clearwhen she says “whomI can`t see at all in you! That is all. I don`t know… but… you…aren`t in the least like me” [ CITATION Pir92 l 2058 ].
Asa result of the different points of view between actors, charactersand the director the father starts questioning the director who heis. Confused, the manager answers how it is possible for him to askthat, since he is the boss. The father then explains “a characteris always somebody, man may be nobody” [ CITATION Pir92 l 2058 ]which it means that no matter the play, a character will be alwaysrecognized and never will be forgotten, contrarily a man. Thereforethe reality of the persona in a script is on stage or movie, but theperformer’s reality could be the illusion because he/she is someoneone day for a while and returns to be himor her at the end of the day, becoming nobody known as he or she isacting.
Likewisea movie has actors on a stage and the result is the impression ofrealism, a play is also the false idea of a real situation. But, inPirandello’s work the six characters stablished that the role theyhave is the only truth they know. This is the reason why they do notbelieve somebody can actually make a good presentation exceptthemselves. Maybe both art expressions have the same purpose, but theresult and the impression on the audience are totally different.While a movie isa copy where performers do not have to spread the feelings, onlypretend to have them until is recorded, in a play sensations can beseen, heard, felt and transferred to the spectators. The play is amovie done in real time, but the audience reactions could bedifferent everyday. In contrast with the movie, this will neverchange the mood, expressions, stage, weather and actors. Neverthelessboth methods depend on having a good story, director’sinterpretation and performers’ commitment.
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Pirandello, L. (1992). Six Characters in a Search of an Author. Six Characters in a Search of an Author. English version by Edward Storer.