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As described by Rayna Denison in The Global Markets for Anime, characters in Spi

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As described by Rayna Denison in The Global Markets for Anime, characters in Spirited Away like Haku demonstrate a duality of character that speak to their complexity of character. In this way, we see not only how characters in this film (and other Studio Ghibli films?) are allegory as well as truer to human nature. Like real people, characters are not just good or bad, hero or villain, but instead complexly capable of both being a good person and a bad person, based on our decisions. Do you have a duality to you? When in your life have you ever been a “good guy,” and when have you been the “villain”? How does one instance inform the other, and how does that influence how you proceed beyond their singular moments? Does playing one role allow you to play the other? How might your morals and ethics be a part of these “characters” you have been throughout your life? Reflect on your personal experiences, and see how they might be informed by either Spirited Away or the Denison article’s concept.

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