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Names and Aliases in Death Note

I recently joined this community via a post at
Here is my first contribution...

Title:
Names and Aliases in Death Note
Subject: Death Note (manga)
Category: Analysis
Summary: This essay discusses how characters in Death Note use names and aliases, and explores how names tie into themes of identity.
Warnings: Spoilers for the entire series.

Note: this essay is in PDF format (I loooove PDFs). It's posted at DeathNotes too.

( Names and Aliases in Death Note )

Comments

I must say, I'm quite impressed with your presentation of this piece. The diagram at the bottom was an especially nice touch.

As for the essay itself, you do a great job of describing the implications behind certain names and how they're used (or misused) throughout the series. My only complaint is, if there's any overarching meaning to all of it, then it wasn't made entirely clear. As is, it seems more like a lengthy list of various instances rather than examples driving towards a specific argument. (Though if the former was what you were going for, then feel free to ignore all this.)

Otherwise, very nice work.
That's a fair assessment, and it's something I recognised after writing it. I wrote it out of interest in how the themes were used, rather than identifying a unifying 'meaning.'

Still, I do want to make the essay more cohesive :) I'd have to dwell on it some more before revising.

So, thanks for your comments. This is my first essay in a long time, and I don't have another set of eyes for my writing, so feedback truly helps.