Who is Siegfried? The Cardboard Prince Question
Posted 28 June 2001 - 09:58 PM
Who is Siegfried? First off, who is he supposed to be, and then who do you prefer to watch, if they're different.
Posted 29 June 2001 - 09:34 PM
Posted 30 June 2001 - 12:35 PM
Posted 30 June 2001 - 02:15 PM
Actually, I like to think that he's just moody and hormonal, now....there are a lot of people of that age who are not real swift at differentiation, subtle or not.....
(I still think Albrecht is just a loser.)
Posted 30 June 2001 - 03:49 PM
I think he's the least cardboard of all the princes!
Posted 30 June 2001 - 05:48 PM
[ 06-30-2001: Message edited by: Mel Johnson ]
Posted 30 June 2001 - 08:38 PM
Back to the task at hand I'm with Jane. I hate the term "Cardboard Prince." I think modern Siegfrieds spent so much time and effort trying to make a flesh and blood character out of Siegfried the wrong way -- adding a glower here and a wink there. A really great Siegfried just Is. Dowell was no piece of Cardboard. I didn't know a thing about him -- his past, his thoughts about his mother, his thoughts on comparative brands of crossbows, what he got on his last algebra paper. "But I love not," he mimed when his mother springs the betrothal ball on him. Not gay, not an air head, not a congenital idiot -- a Prince who awaits his destiny.
I once asked a Danish James why James was special -- Effy loves him, the Sylph loves him, even the witch loves him. "He is the hero," I was told. "You cannot ask why he is special." I thought of that for a long time before I understood it, but I think that's the key to the Princes. They're heroes. They don't have biographical details. They have destinies.
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