THE SEMIOTIC ANALYSIS OF THE CHARACTER OF GASTON IN LE VOYAGEUR SANS BAGAGE BY JEAN ANOUILH
Our article focuses on the character of Gaston in le Voyageur sans bagage de Jean Anouilh. This piece tells the story of Jacques who became amnesic during the First World War. They put him in an asylum. He is called Gaston as he does not know his real identity. The importance of this piece comes from the highlighting of an ancient and modern subject at the same time; it is the eternal conflict between good and evil. Anouilh depicts this conflict in three levels. It begins with the conflict inside Gaston between his past and his present. Then the conflict between Gaston and the society to which he belongs. Adding to this, the conflict represented by war. So we choose to attack this subject through the character of Gaston for reasons. We can cite firstly the rich character of Gaston who lives in conflict with himself (Jacques). Secondly, the originality of the subject of the conflict between good and evil. Thirdly, its modernity because it affects our lives even at the social, political, psychological level, etc. We will use the method of semiotic analysis of a character according to Philipe Hamon. We get results. On the one hand man needs to confront himself and his society in order to free himself from the baseness of the earthly world. It must nourish the soul as it nourishes the body to rise and develop. On the other hand, Man, by nature, is a seeker of happiness but this happiness should not be built on the misery of the other.
Keywords: Gaston , Jean Anouilh, The Semiotic Analysis.