Vitaly
Cast. What does that mean here? Hi! Can you help me to understand the word 'cast' in this sentence? And whether you cast these cultural icons as heroes or villains, and whether you believe celebrity activism is a cause for concern or a cause to celebrate, one thing is beyond question: it’s a phenomenon of our times that’s here to stay. Thank you!
Jul 7, 2015 6:51 AM
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It's an image from the theatre or cinema. The cast of a production are the actors who play the different characters. The stereotypical characters in any story are the heroes and the villains. The producer decides which actors are going to play which parts, and 'casts' them accordingly. The producer casts some people as heroes and some as villains. In this sentence, it is you, the reader or observer, who can decide whether these people are the 'goodies' or the 'baddies' in the story.
July 7, 2015
It's a literary way to say "define", "consider" or "treat". Literally, you cast material in a mould to give it shape. So in the figurative sense, you can define something in a certain way for the purposes of discussion.
July 7, 2015
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