Preview
Preview

Meaning of Nature in Deserto dei Tartari and Visconte Dimezzato Essay

:: 2 Works Cited
Length: 3210 words (9.2 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Green      
Open Document
Need writing help? Check your paper »



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

In Il Deserto dei Tartari1 and Il Visconte Dimezzato2, written respectively by Dino Buzzati and Italo Calvino, the omnipresence of nature sets its role as much more than a passive setting. Kate Rigby in Introducing Criticism at the 21st Century, defines the role of nature as being a background of images bearing symbolic meanings. Marie- Helene Caspar completes this statement by saying that: “Il paesaggio non e solo una cornice, qualcosa di esterno, senza importanza. Anzi, esso fa da complemento al personaggio, lo satura di connotazioni che concordano. E tavolta la metafora del personaggio”3. Nature in the two novels becomes the stage of the narrative through which the protagonist's psychology is forged.

The representation of nature in both novels is different. On the one hand, Buzzati's novel lacks of precise spatial indication: the narrative world is reduced to the minimum and is stricly defined by two spaces: 'la citta' on one hand, and 'la fortezza' on the other. Even though the begining of the novel takes place in the city, the narrative world is centered around the desert where the main protagonist has been sent for his first military posting. The inital outlay in the city provides a structure for the reader who finds himself automatically inserted into a familiar and realist context. However reassuring that is, the recurrence of 'la montagna', 'nebbia', 'landa disabitata', soon sets the narrative into a mysterious and captivating, yet worrying, landscape. The Fort, only known as 'la Fortezza Bastiani', is located on the highest and most inaccessible mountain range, remote from the city. Surrounded by the unhabitted desert, in which most of the narrative takes place4, like suggests the title, Buzzati compares the Fort to “un...


... middle of paper ...


...nly a mediocre fate is reserved”, whereas Terralba's failure to re-instore a 'normal life' after the stiching up of both the halves in one body, arouses the reader's consciousness on his existence.
The question of alienation is reinforced by Drogo's and Medardo's position with nature that acts as a complement ot each of their entity: forging their personalities, communicating their feelings, invading their lives. Both main characters become elements of nature rather than protagonisits entitled with a psychology of their own.
Drogo's position of alienation and dependance towards nature translates the life of a common normal being whose aspirations led him to his inevitable death. From this, the reader questions his own life and the aim of his existence.
Medardo's fate reserves the same awareness: his division in two extrem halves show the component of human nature.



Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Victor Frankl's Search for Meaning Essay - The eight elements that brought meaning to Victor Frankl’s life was his intense inner life, camaraderie, his manuscript, spiritual well-being, his attitude, humanity, faith, comforting or soothing images of the past, and fate. Intense inner life: I believe that Frankl was constantly in the mindset of the doctor he was. He was continually thinking of ways to keep his mind busy. Helping others, thinking of ways to ration his bread, obtaining medicine for the typhus patients, inspiring others, or hiding comrades Frankl kept his mind busy....   [tags: Man’s Search for Meaning] 2311 words
(6.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about Meaning Mishaps and the Nature of Art - Have you ever been confused about the purpose or meaning behind a certain piece of art. In my opinion, art is viewed many different ways. The artist will create a piece of art with a certain intended meaning, but it will most likely not be viewed in that way. When a spectator views a piece of art, they take into account their past experiences, and since everyone has gone through different things, their interpretations are different, as you can imagine. The nature of art is created when the artist intends one thing, but the spectator sees the art differently; and therefore changes the meaning when they spread their personal opinions....   [tags: art, ] 1294 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on The Layers of Meaning - The Layers of Meaning After studying media for the past two semesters, I am now a more cautious consumer and wary watcher of the influences on my life. As advertisers bombard me with television and print media offerings to buy, sell, drink, eat, wear, drive, smoke, and use a vast array of products and services, I conclude that there is no escape from these images except moving to a desert island — not a viable solution at this time. Not only do the media seek to empty my pockets of hard-earned money, it also reshapes the culture in which I live....   [tags: Advertisements Advertising Nature Essays] 1582 words
(4.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay The Meaning of Nature and Nurture in Psychology - The Meaning of Nature and Nurture in Psychology The nature nurture dichotomy is a theme always present in many areas of psychology. But is it right to talk about it as a dichotomy. , Certainly not. To say so would be like stating that they never act together, that they are contradictory and exclusive one from each other....   [tags: Papers] 1187 words
(3.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Brown Burro and Nature Essay - I breathed a sigh of relief finding everything in our camp as we had left it. Time seemed to have stood still in this part of the world; I felt as though we had been gone for ages when actually it was only three and a half days. I showered Frog with affection, and gave him the last of our cookies and chips. That night, Satan and Puss slept with me in my trailer. Frog kept me awake with his constant stomping and braying. Snow had fallen during our absence. Only patches of thin crust remained at Harry’s camp....   [tags: camping, nature,] 648 words
(1.9 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Essay about Finding the Meaning of Life - "Students in our best universities do not believe in anything, and those universities are doing nothing about it..." -- Allan Bloom The function of the university, according to Bloom, is to remind students of the importance and urgency of the question, and to give them the means to pursue it. Instead, universities teach us that there is no absolute right or wrong, no just and unjust. There are no absolute answers in today’s society. Rather, everything is relative; relative to culture, to religion, to geography, and to time....   [tags: Meaning of Life, 2015] 694 words
(2 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
How to Put Philosophy and Lauguage Together to Make Philosophy of Language - Philosophy means love of wisdom. Philosophy is understanding about nature and reality such as the world in which they live, their relationship to the world, and meaning of existance. It is a guide for living, because the issue is address are basic and pervasive, determining the course we take in live and how we treat other people. People who study philosophy are always engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for their answers to life's most basic question.Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication....   [tags: nature of meaning, intentionality, reference] 540 words
(1.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Harmony in Emerson's Nature Essay - Harmony in  Emerson's Nature I would like to address two points in my discussion on Nature. One I just found interesting and the other is to examine the idea of unity and harmony presented throughout the work. While I was rereading, I noticed in the beginning Emerson mentioned "horizons" three times. I know Emerson is sometimes redundant, but to me he was trying to tell us the importance of the horizon. When he was writing about who owns what property, he mentions a "property in the horizon which no man has." Somewhere in the distance is a place on earth that belongs to itself....   [tags: Emerson Nature] 1020 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Presentation on Nature's Representation as a Woman Essay - Outline Style Presentation Nature being represented as woman “Nature is like a woman who enjoys disguising herself, and whose different disguises, revealing now one part of her ad now another, permit those who study her and assiduously to hope that one day they may know the whole of her person” (Diderot) Why this is an interesting topic. Often saw references of nature with N and sounded like a proper name sometimes. The connections between nature and the female form. Connect the romantic period with the start of feminism and the new strategies and approaches theorists and philosophers and writers are taking now....   [tags: Nature Gender Sex Female]
:: 10 Works Cited
1881 words
(5.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Truth of the Myths of Nature Essay - Truth of the Myths of Nature The term "nature myths" designates narratives presenting what-is as intelligible in terms of value and meaning. Such narratives function to motivate ecological activism by articulating such presuppositions as the conviction that what we do matters, destruction of nature is intrinsically wrong, and the possibility of nondestructive human beings. However, such narratives motivate only if they are regarded in some sense as true. The question is, in what sense. Not in an objectivist sense (e.g....   [tags: Philosophy Nature Papers] 3925 words
(11.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]