Even though Valentin is a European

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Even though Valentin is a European, he does possess many of the qualities and attributes  associated with the American. As seen in his duel, he is truly European. His sense of honor, his  sense of form and ceremony demand that he perform the duel. Even though Newman tries logically  to reason with him, it is impossible to make Valentin retract. At the duel, he follows through as the  perfect aristocrat would — he shoots off the mark intentionally. Valentin's European qualities are also  seen in his dilemma created by his being a younger brother of a famous family. The honor of the  family requires him to do nothing with his life. He feels that he cannot go into business and feels that  there is nothing for him finally to do but go to a monastery. He is bound by the laws of the aristocracy  and family.
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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