After looking through multiple drafts of the script, I noticed that the title of Orlando\'s manuscript changes twice. It begins as \"The Oak Tree,\" but evolves into \"The Death of Hercules,\" and finally becomes \"Death of a Lover.\" What is the significance of each of these titles in relation to the film? Had Sally Potter kept one of the original titles, would we have drawn the same conclusions about the manuscript, and its relationship to other themes in the film?
This pathway traces the use of the falsetto in Orlando as a symbol of transformation/alteration in gendered meanings through its position as herald throughout the narrative. The voice acts as construct for the subsequent reversal of bodily gender norms. It highlights periods of transition or translation for Orlando.
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