unigo_skin
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Characters

Foil

Character Role Analysis

Hannah to Bernard

Hannah and Bernard are both literary scholars focusing on the Romantic era, but the resemblance ends there – or so it initially seems. Where Hannah is reserved and cautious, Bernard is flamboyant and reckless; where Hannah looks for evidence, Bernard books a press tour. Hannah does, however, have a few Bernardian moments, and events show that Bernard would have benefited from having more than a few Hannahesque ones. Placing these two characters against each other prevents the play from boiling down to a debate "just" between science and literature; even (or maybe especially) within literary studies, Hannah and Bernard show, conflict rages strong.


Advertisement
Advertisement
back to top