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Book: The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Le Rouge et le Noir is a historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830. It chronicles the attempts of a provincial young man to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing through a combination of talent, hard work, deception, and hypocrisy. Wikipedia
- Originally published: November 1830
- Author: Stendhal
- Genres: Novel, Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction
- Pages: 2 vols
- Language: French
- Publisher: Penguin Classics
- Translator: Roger Gard
- Publication Year: 2002-9-24
- Pages: 607
- Binding: Paperback
- Series: Penguin Classics
About the Author: Stendhal
Excerpt from the original text: The Red and the Black
This is the misfortune caused by excessive civilization! As long as a twenty-year-old young man has received some education, his soul will be thousands of miles away from being natural, and if not being natural, love is often just one of the most annoying duties.——Quoted from Chapter: Chapter 13
The young man is eighteen or nine years old, and his appearance is rather weak. The facial features are not correct, but very delicate; the nose is very pointed; the eyes are big and dark, and when they are quiet, they are thoughtful and enthusiastic, but at this moment they have a deep resentment. Dark chestnut hair, the hairline is very low, so the forehead is not high, and when angry, it looks vicious. Although the appearance of people is very different, in terms of fascination, I am afraid that it is no better. He has a good waist, only a little too thin, looking sturdy and light enough.——Quoted from Chapter 23
Summary: The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Book Review & Analysis of The Red and the Black
1. Julian's prototype
2. Relying on a woman to dominate? Rely on strength
Three or two diametrically opposed romances
4. "Unreasonable" murder
"Sir, you ask me about this person who is all true... This person is poor and greedy, relying on sheer hypocrisy, trying to seek social status by seducing a weak and unfortunate woman, and getting ahead... He wants to be one. One of the means of success in the family is to try to seduce the most influential woman in the family."
5. Julian Stendhal's ideal projection
6. Stendhal’s Oedipus complex
"I love my mother... I want to kiss my mother everywhere,... She loves me too and keeps kissing me. I came back and kissed her passionately, and she sometimes had to run away. I Hate my father when he walked in and interrupted our kiss."
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