Swann’s Way Essay Outline Proust’s contention that man is essentially passive with all of his thoughts and memories derived from the setting from which he inhabits. The narrator is passive and exerts no control over his emotions or thoughts, he generalizes this to all. His imagination runs wild over the slightest suggestion or influence. Within this scene this flexibility of his character is evident due to the images of the lantern. His mood sinks low and he flees from the room at the earliest possible opportunity. This is the reason which the narrator stresses his fixation of familiarity. Every new stimulation transforms his entire outlook as when later he is pleased by his feelings with the madeleine but here he claims that thoughts and feelings “are such sad things.” The experience with the madeleine actually reinforces the view that things either will or won’t happen but that essentially human beings are powerless.
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ENGL 185 taught by Professor Wronski,c during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.