The first part of the essay describes Manzoni’s remarks on language: in particular, his strong belief that there is an original link between word and truth and that word, from the most simple to the most refined, affects the reader. On the basis of these two tenets, the essay examines chapter IX and X of Promessi Sposi, emphasizing how the price father exerts a coercion on his daughter, Gertrude, by means of a shrewd (fiendish shrewd) use of the power fo words. This way, he succeeds in depriving Gertrude of her own language: even before executing her father’s will, indeed, the girl, inhibited in her own expression, literally repeats his words. The tragedy of the will, which many important critics found in these chapters, becomes, at least in its early stage, a tragedy of the lack of words.
|Titolo tradotto del contributo||[Autom. eng. transl.] Gertrude's "answer" and the dissolution of the tragic|
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Studi sulla letteratura italiana della modernità. Per Angelo R. Pupino. Sette-Ottocento|
|Numero di pagine||14|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2008|
- Alessandro Manzoni
- I promessi sposi
- The Betrothed