The Naming of Things
I thought it might be interesting to get a thread going on naming and its significance. Xanther especially seems to place value on names, what people are called and what identifiers she constructs for them, such as in the course of her conversation with Dr. Potts when she talks about the leader of the preds at her new school, “Dendish Mower” , her new friends, and some of the apps on her phone.
It will be interesting going forward to see if the names that we have been given in the body of the text as new speakers are introduced, such as Ozgur or Dr. Cas maintain their identities or trade their names for different monikers as the narrative progresses. I am especially interested in this idea of Dr. Cas as the Wizard, and what role that identifier might play in her character development. Also, who is Mefisto and what role does he play in all of this?
So what significance do you see in the names our characters have? In just Xanther’s section we have: Dov, Dr. Potts, Xanther Ibrahim, Astair Ibrahim, Anwar Ibrahim, and the twins, Shasti and Freya Ibrahim…what do their names mean? Do they mean interesting in terms of narrative progression?