Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
Viagem, demanda e regeneração social em The Italian, the Ann Radcliffe e em Eurico, o Presbítero, de Alexandre Herculano
Alexandre Dias Pinto
AbstractSeveral novels written after the French Revolution enact the conflict between the individual and society and indirectly discuss the reorganization of the existing socio-political order. Among these novels are Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian (1797) and Alexandre Herculano’s Eurico, o Presbítero (1844) – the latter was written shortly after the civil war that introduced the “Constitutional Monarchy” in Portugal. In both narratives, the protagonist rebels against the values and practices of the corrupt and unjust existing state of affairs and departs from the community to which he belongs. Thus, the aim of this paper is to analyse how the motif of the journey – in the Italian a circuitous journey; and a linear journey (cf. Abrams, 1973) in Eurico, o Presbítero – symbolically depicts the objectives of either protagonist as well as the type of quest that they take part in: it represents the different strategies followed in order to reintegrate the community to which they belonged and to contribute to the regeneration of society. However, in the end of their quest their initial plans are either partially or completely foiled.
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