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Next to Normal Characters & Character Analysis

Brian Yorkey
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Characters

Diana

Diana is the musical's central character and protagonist. As the narrative begins she is in her late thirties or early-to-mid forties, and in the middle of a battle with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. She has suffered with this disease, and her family has suffered with its effects, for several years. She has also carried with her the trauma and grief caused by of the sudden death of her infant son almost eighteen years. While the narrative never explicitly makes the connection, it does hint that experiences of psychological illness like Diana's are often triggered by an emotional trauma - in other words, there is the strong sense that Diana's instability developed as the result of her son's death. Despite her illness, and the confusion and uncertainty it triggers in her life and in the world around her, Diana is strong willed and determined, resistant on...

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