rissoles wrote:Carrot is overtly bland and ingenuous yet he betrays alarming subtlety and deviousness when the moment requires.
Carrot is honourable and trustworthy yet has been known to pursue his own agenda when needed.
Carrot is a very complex character not easily dismissed.
Carrot is quite spectacular.
and you just got to love him...
Sorry to disagree in part--and the part I disagree with is that Carrot is a CHARACTER not a person. And I think that TP can't decide what he wants to do with him.
Pratchett seems to try various and sundry things with Carrot's character--but they change from book to book--making him not so much a complex as an unevenly developed character. Contrast Pratchett's us of Vimes and for that matter Vetinari- both of whom develop over the course of the series of novels in ways that are 1) consistent with the character as a whole and 2) used to explore ideas that Pratchett wants the reader to think about.
I wonder if Pratchett actually sees Carrot as a comic character like Colon and Nobby--only at the opposite end of the comic spectrum? Carrot is certainly a figure of fun in G!G! when he is so unbelievably unsophisticated that even the heroic things he does are funny. The one novel I think where Pratchett tried to use Carrot as a serious character was MaA, where the role he plays is certainly significant and serious. And his reaction when he discovers that Angua has been "killed" by the Assassin's bullets shows real feeling--both anguish & hope.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, from that point on Pratchett basically puts him in as a comic figure who does nearly everything better than anyone else (for example in Jingo) but whose behavior in regard to Angua makes no sense at all in terms of MaA (preceding it) or 5th Elephant. I think that Pratchett has gotten tired of him -- so he keeps telling us that everybody loves Carrot. But Carrot does nothing really to make us love him, and often is almost a parody of THE HERO. And by the time we get to 5th Elephant, I don't find him funny at all--I think he's a nuisance & a bore. And I most definitely do not love him.