Commodore Norrington as Alazon

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Commodore Norrington as Alazon
One of the Alazon characters in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl is Commodore Norrington.
At first glance, Norrington seems like an unlikely Alazon, in that he is officially vested with a great deal of power by the British government. The most obvious Alazons are surely characters who, despite their extremely humble station, see themselves as much greater than they are. However, the fact of Norrington’s power does not negate the disparity between what he is actually capable of, and what he thinks he is capable of. At the very beginning of the film, Norrington tells Elizabeth that “I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves:...
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.....ns, whereas people who represented and are allied to power find it easy to become deluded about how much power they actually wield.
The Alazon is most often a comic character, which is why Norrington might not be easily identifiable as such. Norrington, especially in contrast to the antic Jack Sparrow, is calm and dignified, but his manner should not mislead the viewer. Norrington is completely deluded about his power to detect and interdict piracy, to the extent that he imputes godlike powers to himself. These powers are not warranted by reality, which proves Norrington to be overmatched; it is the disparity between what Norrington can do and what he thinks he can do that makes him an Alazon, regardless of whether or not he is aware of it.