Weekly Geek: What’s In a Name?

deweysweeklygeeks27For this week’s edition of Weekly Geeks, we’re going to take a closer look at character names. What are some of your favorite character names?

Go to Google or a baby name site like this one or this one, and look up a favorite character’s name. What does their name mean? Do you think the meaning fits the character? Why or why not?

I chose Pecola Breedlove from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. This novel has one of the most beautiful and saddest endings I have ever read. Pecola’s name is ironic, the kind of love being bred in her family is destructive and tragic:

He, at any rate, was the one who loved her enough to touch her, envelop her, give something of himself to her. But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death.

All she longs for is love, but in the end:

Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover along possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.

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