La Princesse de Clèves by Lafayette

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Lafayette uses signs, which are motives, throughout her novel La Princesse de Clèves. She uses the dialogue between the husband and the Princess Mme. de Clèves to show the motive of passion. She also uses Mme. de Clèves to show her way of expressing toward the situation that the Princess has. Fabricated letter is also used in her novel to represent the signs of taking over the Princess’s feelings. In her novel, she utilizes characters For this essay, I would like to explore the structure of her novel through signs, as shown in Dalia Judovitz’s article The Aesthetics of Implausibility: La Princesse de Cléves. Dalia Judovitz’s article mentions the sign of passion in the novel. According to the article, she says: “‘La magnificence et la galanterie n’ont jamais paru en France avec tant d’éclat que dans les dernières annèes du règne de Henri second.’ (p. 35)... However, this image of classical perfection is quickly fractured by the mention of the event that guides the life of the court-the passion of Henry II for the Duchesse de Valentinois Later in the narrative, the heroine, like the reader, asks for further explanation for this unusual passion between a woman not only much older than the king, but one who, in addition to having been Henry’s father’s mistress, also has several other lovers..” (Judovitz, 1038-1039) The opening lines of the novel shows the motive of passion. In the novel, later, Mme. de Clèves asks for further explanation for the love between a woman and the king with “several other lovers” (1039). This passion forms the “political and social effects” (1039) that change the norms in the court. The court mixes this false “event into its own structure, so that the implausible now becomes the n... ... middle of paper ... ...etween them. This can be concluded that Lafayette uses the signs of truth and fidelity. Throughout the novel, Lafayette uses signs to represent different motives and objects. She conveys honesty and truth for the part where M. de Clèves wants the Princess to reveal the name of her lover. Lafayette also shows dishonesty and fidelity in her novel where the Princess and Nemours attempts to write the fake letter. This show how Lafayette combines signs with the plot and the characters to structure her novel. Works Cited Judovitz, Dalia. "The Aesthetics of Implausibility: La Princesse de Clèves." JSTOR. N.p., Dec. 1984. Web. 7 June 2011. 2905399?&Search=yes&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dthe%2Bstructure %2Bof%2Bla%2Bprincesse%2Bde%2Bcleves%26acc%3Don%26wc%3Don>.

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