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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- Spring '12
- Natural environment, Fairy tale