Inside Out
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Character Analysis

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Overview... a lost soul. While her co-workers Joy, Anger, Disgust, and Fear all have important roles to play in the mind of preteen Riley, Sadness doesn’t know exactly what her purpose is. Her propensity for gloom makes others uncomfortable. Because of that Sadness is often instructed to stay out of the way while the other emotions get to work.

Personality... a gentle soul with a sorrowful disposition. Sadness is sluggish, pessimistic, and prone to fits of melancholy. But she’s also empathetic, calm, and thoughtful. Though she’s quick with a complaint, Sadness also has plenty of common sense and pragmatism.


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