Le ro^le du devoir illusoire dans sept pie`ces de Henry de Montherlant

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Maria-Christina Brenes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
John Phillip Couch

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to analyze the role duty plays in the following seven plays of Henry de Montherlant: L'Exil, La Reine morte, Fils de personne, Le Mattre de Santiago, Demaln il fera jour. La Ville dont le prince est un enfant, and Le Cardinal d'Espagne. We will try to justify in what manner the various characters find themselves involved in illusory and misleading acts of duty. The heroes will fool not only themselves but those around them, and as a result will become blind individuals obsessed by what they see as their own convictions. At the conclusion of each analysis we will demonstrate that this "illusory duty" is not always incoherent or without reason. There will always be an external or internal force transforming this sense of duty into something logical for each of the characters. Duty will always entail a certain degree of obligation and responsibility. According to Montherlant, duty is a man-made chore. To his definition we would add that duty is the sum total of those material and spiritual circumstances arising out of such external forces as God and/or Destiny. Most of the characters in the plays which we shall examine try to feign a stance of superiority, which is only a mask to hide the weaknesses and defects which lie underneath. These characters try to run away from reality and find refuge in their own imaginary worlds.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Montherlant, Henry de, $d 1896-1972 $x Criticism and interpretation
Montherlant, Henry de, $d 1896-1972 $x Characters $x Heroes
Duty in literature

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