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February 16, 2012 In literary fictions the plot consists of somebody doing something. The somebody if an individual, is the hero, and the something he does or fails to do is what he can do, or could have done, on the level of the postulates made about him by the author and the consequent expectations of the audience. Fictions therefore may be classified, not morally, but by the hero’s power of action, which may be greater than ours, less, or roughly the same. Thus: 1. If superior in kind both to other men and to the environment of other men, the hero is a divine being and the story about him will be a myth in the common sense of a story about a god. 2. If superior in degree to other men and to his environment, the hero is the typical hero of romance, whose actions are marvelous but who is himself identified as a human being, here we have moved from myth, properly so called, into legend, folk tale, marchen, and their literary affiliates and derivatives 3. If superior in degree to other men but not to his natural environment, the hero is a leader.
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Unformatted text preview: He has authority, passions, and power of expression far greater than ours, but what he does is subject both to social criticism and to the order of nature. 4. If superior neither to other men nor to his environment, the hero is one of us; we respond to a sense of his common humanity, and demand from the poet the same canons of probability that we find out our own experience. 5. If inferior in power or intelligence to ourselves, so that we have the sense of looking down on a scene of bondage, frustration or absurd the hero belongs to the ironic mode Motives in the novel:-Class relationships -intellectual appreciation among Italian immigrants-Women (Agnese) vitality towards her environment -gender relationships -Giovanni and his environment -relationships with religion: immigration and religiosity Relationships among charcters: Gesualdo, Michele, Concetta, Catarina, Luigi, Gelsomino, Agnese, Giovanni, Antonio...
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