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But in the end, it is "emblematic monopathy" that is the goal of the star text (Gledhill 217), and the re-establishment of the "fixed" star persona can only involve a demonstration and then a denial of histrionic ability.
The cumulative emotional power of such scenes amplifies, too, what Robert Heilman argues is a constitutive structural element in melodrama: the dependence on a "monopathy," the "singleness of feeling that gives the sense of wholeness" in both melodramas of triumph and disaster (1968, 85).