Constructing The Characters In Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events

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A movie isn’t a movie without characters. Characters are used to tell us the story and get messages across to the audience, but how are characters constructed? In lemony Snicket's a series of unfortunate events, violet is constructed to be an emotionally strong inventor, Klaus is constructed to be a bookish intelligent teenager with intelligence well beyond his age, sunny is constructed to be a baby who loves to bite things whose name shows her intelligence and count Olaf is constructed to be a self-centred, evil man that is a very bad actor. Each of these characters are constructed using a mixture of symbolism, written, audio and technical codes.
Violet is the eldest of the three Baudelaire children. She is the child who must put her feelings to one side and be there for her younger two siblings. Her name itself symbolises her personality. Violet is a colour that is full of life, and the flower is a beautiful one (symbolic code). Violet is perceived to be an inventor, as the narrator announces at the start of the film that whenever her hair is tied back, she is bound to be inventing something (audio code). People express their feelings in different ways. Instead of crying about the death of her parents, she creates a sanctuary, a shelter from danger, fear and hardship (technical and symbolic code). In doing this, she shows that she is emotionally strong, and is taking the role of the carer for her two younger siblings.
Klaus is the middle child, a hard position in the family because he would be torn between taking the role as leader and stepping down and letting violet watch out for him. Klaus remembers everything he reads in books (audio code), and he reads a lot, so this makes him very smart. Whenever he comes face to face with a problem, a collage of books Klaus has read on topics that may help appears on screen (technical and written code). Another way we come to know of Klaus’s intelligence is when their aunt Josephine writes the suicidal note (written) and Klaus is the one who manages to decipher it (audio). When Klaus is saving his sister sunny, he looks through the spyglass eye and the sunlight shines on him (technical and symbolic) this shows us that he has figured it out, he had solved the mystery of how all the fires started. From these examples, we can tell that Klaus’s intelligence is far greater than that of a usual twelve-year-old boy...

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