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How the Characters Complement Each Other
|The characters of fabulous
four of Seinfeld at first glance may appear a group
thrown together that just happened to be funny. Elaine as
the only female of the group provides balance and a
woman's perspective on things. Elaine also allows for a
sexual dynamic and tension to develop between Jerry and
her. Elaine's character originally was not in the pilot
Seinfeld episode. The show itself alludes to this fact
later on when Jerry has a pilot show on NBC that just
invents the Elaine character at the last minute. Jerry
and Elaine are best friends but really more than that,
more than they realize. At one point Jerry gets dumped by
a woman because of his inability to get mad, and then
later his ability to show anger too easily. Jerry then
becomes highly emotional, and George points out to him
that Jerry is developing feelings. Jerry then tells
everyone he loves them including Elaine whom he proposes
to. Elaine at first balks at marriage but then returns
thinking its a good idea but Jerry has reverted to his
old ways so there will be no marriage. In the last
episode Elaine and Jerry contemplate telling each other
how they really feel for each other as they feel their
plane is crashing and they will die. As the plane pulls
up, they quiet down and pretend they had nothing
importnat to say at all to each other.
George provides a male pal with which Jerry can talk of dating schemes and techniques. George serves as the odd man out often as he is the one often living with his parents and is the first to be engaged to be married. His "betrothed" dies via cheap wedding invitation glue, but still George is a bit different in that dynamic he brings to the show. George and Jerry share stories of conquests with women and much more.
Kramer serves as the peculiar character of the fabulous four in that he often schemes with Newman an enemy of Jerry's. Kramer also lives in an apartment that makes Kramer behave strangely. Kramer borrows everything from Jerry and, Jerry often says "Do I have to ask" in regards to Kramer's latest scheme.
Jerry as a character provides a means to incorporate stand up comedy at the end of the show. Jerry also serves as a literal representation of the comedy of the show since he himself is a comedian. Jerry's fascination with Superman, and cereal allows for interesting sayings to enter the Seinfeld show. A person does not have an enemy they have a "Lex Luther" for example. This sayings allow the show to achieve a comical sense of urgency and importance on the most irrelevant matters.
Newman as an enemy to Jerry gives the show a person to blame for Jerry's downfalls as well as a source of possible childish schemes between the two characters. Life is much like this for children, and Seinfeld exploits this to the limit.
The support characters of the Seinfeld show from George's parents, to the latest girlfriends or boyfriends allow cultural norms to be questioned and new problems to crop up. Problems just seem to crop up out of no where each week on the show, and supporting characters and guest stars play a large role in this. Rather its a girlfriend with man hands, or a lady Jerry, the gang always has a new character, or nemesis to wrestle with.
To make nothing into something is the genuis of the Seinfeld show, in this regard Seinfeld takes four limited characters and brings them together to create true synergies and opportunities for adventure.
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