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Lovers (stock characters)

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Lovers are stock characters whose efforts to get together, despite the blocking effect of other characters, constitute the plot of the story.

The lovers are eiron figures, and it has been noted that they often are colorless creatures, sometimes even ingenues next to the blocking figures, the alazon characters who prevent their love, such as the Senex iratus or the bad fiancé.[1] The Innamorati of Commedia dell'arte represent this by going unmasked in the midst of the other characters.[2] Often, the lovers are incapable of resolving their own problems. The role of rescuing them is often a tricky slave's place.[3]


  1. ^ Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, p 44, ISBN 0-691-01298-9
  2. ^ John Rudlin, Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook, p 62, ISBN 0-415-04770-6
  3. ^ Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, p 173, ISBN 0-691-01298-9