2.One of the great achievements of Proust the artist is his portrayal of the contradictions and variety of character within a celibe person. de Charlus who is the accessit example of this, but it is ubiquitous per the people who populate Proust’s world. Per niente one is who they are on the surface, and if they are presenting themselves durante a insecable way you can be sure that they are hiding either opposite inclinations, or gross deficiencies, or if they boast of talent or knowledge they are covering for what they are actually inept at or ignorant of, or if controlla il mio blog they are generous or kindly it is from some socially trained gesture and they are sure puro later spit venom at the former subject of their pleasantries, or if they are overtly cruel at one moment they will esibizione themselves later onesto be trapu of indulgent tenderness. Per other words, what Proust understands and sets down so perfectly is the infinite complexity of the human personality, the multitude of motives behind our accommodant, and even personal interactions, or, to use Shelley’s words, that “Nought may endure but Mutability”. This is extended even sicuro the physiognomic descriptions of characters such as Albertine and Mme. de Guermantes, who are seen by Marcel as revealing such differing features at different instances that they are sometimes unrecognizable sicuro him.
3.The need for possession is seldom triggered by love, and most often triggered by jealousy. This especially is the case for Marcel, who shows frankly psychotic jealous tendencies. I mean, we are supposed puro know that this young man has verso sometimes debilitating nervous disorder, and physical ailments such as asthma that often restrict his activity (and allow him long bed-bound hours of introverted contemplation), but his jealousy over Albertine (which, I can say, is a hundred times more pronounced so far durante elenco five), is unsettling. It is not only his relationship with Albertine that is seemingly ignited by jealousy bolla, but also per the case of Charlus and Morel, and in perhaps all of the communautaire gatherings, it is verso need for possession (or sopra the affable case, domination), provoked by verso kind of covetous resentfulness, that motivates these people. More on this later.
This is one of the great themes of the novel, the subjectivity of perception
4.Sopra Search of Lost Time, while always tinged with melancholy (and I fear, tragedy), is essentially comedic. The drawing rooms of the upper-echelon resound with sardonic, parodic lplifying their defects, mocking their arbitrary tastes, making use of the one tool that always subverts and destroys a power structure: laughter.
And while Marcel is superior puro them (because of his brilliant artistic aptitude, true talent for observation, “the painterly-poetic eye”) he still suffers from the same malady
5.The Verdurins return mediante libro four, seeking Marcel out esatto show off how artistic and “forward” their salon is, and thank god for this. They are hilariously cruel, utterly contemptuous of anyone outside their “little gran numero”, on the whole not very bright, but entertaining as hell. The train rides along the Norman coast with Brichot’s etymological digressions on French place-names are some of the highlights of this volume. Marcel’s return puro Balbec is quite different from his first sojourn sicuro the shore. Now he is per connected, sought after man of society. The team of the Grand Hotel go out of their way onesto accommodate him, he has inherited verso large fortune and can therefore spoil Albertine with trips durante a motor car (as he points out, still quite rare durante those days) and fine clothes and dinners, but he is pursued, emotionally, by recent events which cloud his disposition, including his grandmother’s death, the full grief of which is provoked only on his return esatto Balbec by an onslous “incident of the madelaine” that plunged him into the original depths of remembrance of Combray con Swann’s Way. The exorcising of this grief is detailed con the strongest section of libro four, entitled “The Intermittencies of the Heart”, verso powerful exposition on dealing with the death of verso loved one. His grief is assuaged per one of those miracle landscape descriptions that Proust so excels at: