In this novel Roxanne is a famous soprano opera singer from Chicago. Bel Canto, one of the main characters that I chose to study was Roxane Coss. Roxanne is a famous soprano opera singer from Chicago.
I chose her because I believe that she is one of few main characters who made the biggest change of values throughout the novel. The tenor/vehicle that I used for Roxane is “A diva is a jeweled scarf, rich yet soft and flowing”. I chose a diva for my tenor because that sums up Roxane’s personality as a character throughout the novel. I chose the jeweled scarf with birds on it because it gives the readers a physical object that is used as an insight on her character. Roxane went through many changes in her values. She conveyed her three values of image, peace and love throughout the novel. She started off by being a self-centered diva, to facing a big reality check.
Roxane conveyed her value of her image in the opening scene of the novel. In the beginning, it shows how Roxane was very self-centered, and didn’t care about anyone’s feelings but her selves. When the hostages believed that they would be killed, Roxane was bold enough to say that she didn’t believe it could happen to her. “There were those who believed they would be killed, but Roxane Coss thought no such thing. Maybe there would be a bad outcome for some of the others, but no one was going to shoot a soprano. (Page 33) Later on in the scene Roxane’s accompanist became very ill. Roxane said that he annoyed her and that she never wanted to be bothered with him. “The truth was she had hated the accompanist a little”. (Page 79)
I believe that Roxane’s value of only caring about her image is very accurate. She only cared about herself and she tried very hard to protect her image as self-proclaimed star. She valued her image by making sure that she was the only one in the spotlight. She’s always been so into her image to where she didn’t even give her accompanist the time of day to get to know him as a person. It seems to me that she didn’t even want to be bothered with him most of the time. Its okay to value your own image, but you shouldn’t be hurting people’s feelings or only caring about yourself in the midst of that. In this part of the novel I did not like Roxane at all, and I felt like she would stay the same person throughout the whole book.
Roxane conveyed her value of peace in the middle of the novel. Roxane has found peace knowing that she will be in hostage for a while. “We’ve been in this miserable place nearly two weeks. I’ve never gone a week without singing unless I was sick. I’m going to have to start practicing soon”. (Page 123) Roxane decides that she needs to start practicing her singing again. Opera has become a much known symbol in this novel. Whenever Roxane sings Opera, it connected all the characters in the novel, giving all of them a little bit of hope during their time of captivity. She knows that she cannot practice without an accompanist. She surprisingly reaches...