karla Cristina Lima Mesquita Silva, Matheus da Silva Nogueira, Sandra Mina Takakura


This study analysed the development of the identity of a female character in Coraline, a fiction written by Gaiman (2002), based on hero’s construction by Campbell (2003). This essay, performed through bibliographic research, discusses the adolescent phase, as well the nonbeing and the distress of reality. Also, it recognized the emergence of the double that represents the alterity as a main function in the formation of identity. In this sense, it understood Coraline’s journey as a return to her origin and inner darkness where the other means secureness and refusal of reality at the same time. Therefore, the self emerges from the renounce of the double for becoming a subject aware of her self-existence and vision about the real world.

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