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Studying Pan's Labyrinth$
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Tanya Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733308

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733308.001.0001

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(p.71) Characterisation
Studying Pan's Labyrinth

Tanya Jones

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Ofelia's role as the central protagonist in Pan's Labyrinth. It explains how Ofelia is the heroine of the film and how she does not narrate the story to the viewer via a voice-over, but through her eyes she leads the audience into the film. It also analyses Guillermo del Toro's reasons for picking a female child for the central character within his film and mentions the great tradition of stories about the quests of children, such as Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The chapter examines the weight of the oppressive ideology that surrounds Ofelia and the extremity of her loss. It highlights what sets Ofelia apart from those cinematic or literary children who have a future.

Keywords:   Pan's Labyrinth, Ofelia, central protagonist, Guillermo del Toro, oppressive ideology, literary children, cinematic children

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