Is the relationship between humans and fictitious literary figures the same for everyone?
The emotions of the characters from Jane Eyre’s Emma were discussed and it was easy to relate to their feelings. It seems that most people when reading literary work find themselves identifying with the characters. The question of how do we identify with a particular description of an emotion. We feel the characters joy, sadness, embarrassment, love, rejection, and more. Through cognitive cultural studies it is apparent that this involves the brain as well as our cultural lessons.
Studies of expressions from people in the US and China found that the expressions are the same but the modulation is different. This supports the theory that expressions are innate and the brain is involved in the facial muscles and the modulation issue is the cultural aspect.
Another topic discussed was that humans are able to identify with a danger that is written in a fictional book and realize that it is not a real danger. An example of a lion was used but the reader did not run away because they new it was not real. It never occurred to me that anyone would think differently.
The majority of humans do experience fictitious literary figures similarly.