Montag, 10. Mai 2010
Cacofonix (in French: Assurancetourix) from the Asterix-comic-books is not only the bard and the poet of the village but also teaches its children. To me it makes very good sense that the important task of educating the youths is in the hands of an idealistic, dreamy free-thinker who imparts to his charges a deep-seated fascination with the beauty and the mysteries of the world.
Another interesting aspect of this character is that his disharmonious singing could symbolically stand for poetical and philosophical truth that the villagers can’t bear to hear. That is why he is gagged and bound in times of feast and celebration because then, truth may- for a time- be suspended.