Stories Must Have Closure Even When Real Life Doesn’t

Cast of “Six Characters in Search for An Author” by Luigi Pirandello
Image Source: The Guardian

Still, why would the characters go through the trouble of replaying each painful memory, each scandal? For me, it brings to mind the riddle “If a tree in a forest falls and nobody’s around to hear it, did it even make a sound?” But that is a trick question. One’s experience is ultimately real enough for the one who has to go through it.

Life throws a curveball at us, bringing us to the end of the road. Not only do we want our stories to have closure, even when, let’s face it, real-life doesn’t always have closure, we want it to have a happy ending. But how can we have a happy ending, if we don’t have control of the story because everything is random; if we can’t be the hero, in effect, the author of our story? As the characters relay their story in fragments, it’s as if through the absence of the author, Pirandello makes the audience the author, which is precisely how I found myself to be invested in the story of Six Characters in Search for an Author.

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Nicole Lasquety

Nicole Lasquety

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A visual artist and writer with a passion for media exploration, where big ideas are commonplace. Art, theater, personal essays. lasquetynicole@gmail.com