Ikeda’s Inspiration for Oscar
There are few inspirations which are possible to have lead to Oscar as character as she was. One is a character from an opera and the other is actually a historical character and then is someone who Riyoko Ikeda comments on her own.
- Oscar the page(Servant) from Verdi’s opera: Un ballo in maschera. I don’t know this opera, so i’m actually not sure if this Oscar is a female, even if to have this role you have to be a soprano.
- Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (5 October 1728 - 21 May 1810) – this man was a spy for the French crown and for most time of his life was belived to be a woman, also known as Lia de Beaumont, and during his work became the maid of honor of Russian Empress. Then he went in England where he was friend of King’s wife, and when the king found him in the rooms of his wife he wanted to know if he was a man or woman. To save him, King of France wrote to the King of England to say that he indeed was a woman, and till Eon’s death everybody believed that way.
- Pierre Hullin who was loyal to queen Marie-Antoinette and who guided the attack on Bastille.
The first two are probably the inspirations for Oscar, while the first maybe for the name, the second one was for the fact that she was dressing as man and she could be a counterpart for Eon and the third as the fact that Oscar was friend and loyal to the queen, but she choose the people in the end.
And there is another thing that probably inspirited Oscar… “Liberty
leading the people” the famous Delacroix’s painting where a woman
is holding up the tricolore and leading Parisans to the freedom.