Charactonym

Entertainment / Literature / Charactonym: An evocative or symbolic name given to a character that conveys his or her inner psychology or allegorical nature. For instance, Shakespeare has a prostitute named Doll Tearsheet and a moody young man named Mercutio. Steinbeck has the sweet-natured Candy in Of Mice and Men. Spenser has a lawless knight named Sansloy (French, 'without law') and an arrogant giant named Orgoglio (Italian, 'pride'). On a more physical level, Rabelais might name a giant Gargantua. These names are all charactonyms. Cf. Eponym.

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