David Lurie's Worshipping of Eros in J.m Coetzee's "Disgrace"

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David Lurie's worshipping of Eros keeps him from recognizing the guilt of his actions and he uses his beliefs to justify his bad behavior throughout Disgrace. His beliefs help him to defend his approach to attaining personal satisfaction, sexual release, autonomy and passion. Lurie is very condescending of women and sees them as a way to "solve the problem of sex" rather than as an equal. He shows a prejudice towards women who do not attempt to make themselves look appealing and he sees himself as a "predator" of the women of which he is intimate. He is extremely passionate about poetry but shows no enthusiasm while teaching, especially when he is forced to teach introductory communication courses. Lurie decides to resign from teaching at the university in Cape Town, rather than to admit he has made a mistake. He is very independent and is saddened to realize he can no longer protect his daughter, Lucy, or himself. He sees himself inferior to other races, to other species and to the other gender. Lurie's feeling of superiority to other races is seen as a result of the Apartheid. Lurie's character is paralleled with the character Byron that Lurie talks about in his romantic poetry class. Like the character Byron, Lurie acts on his own impulses and he too has "a mad heart." Lurie uses his worshipping of Eros and his beliefs to justify his mistakes and to resolve himself of any bad behavior towards others, particularly his affair with Melanie. Throughout the novel, Lurie refers to his idealizing belief of Eros. Eros is the Greek god of love and sexual desire. Early legend states that Eros was responsible for the union of the earth and the sky. He is said to be one of the oldest gods, although he did not appear in Greek mytholo... ... middle of paper ... that he has made a mistake, not even to himself. His unwillingness to admit his wrong doings even causes him to lose his job as a professor at the university in Cape Town. His beliefs serve his own purpose, which consists of attaining personal satisfaction, sexual release, autonomy and passion. Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace. London: Vistage, 2000. Louw, P.Eric. The Rise, Fall and Legacy of Apartheid. Westport, conn.: Praeger, 2004. Kerry Fried. "Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee." Reviews. April 19, 2002. March 23, 2006. Ravitch, Michael. "Fiction in Review." Yale Review 89.1 (January 2001): 144-153. Ron Leadbetter. "Eros." Encyclopedia Mythica. March 03, 1997. March 23, 2006.
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