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the-red-and-the-black-stendahlNarrator, Section 1, Chapter 9uliens pride, so recently wounded, made him at that moment act like a fool.Sources: Comparative Literature Studies, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The GuardianCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.SymbolsWallsSymbolize the aristocracys privilege and solitudeLaddersRepresent Juliens social climbing through his love affairsRed & BlackSymbolize the military and the Church and passion and perversityHonorable aristocrat; sees Juliens worth and helps him rise in the world Marquis de la MoleProud, haughty daughter of the Marquis de la Mole; draws Julien into a perverse romanceMathilde de la MolePious, naive, and passionate mayors wife; falls in love with JulienMadame de RênalGifted man born into the working class; pride leads to his downfallJulien SorelMain CharactersMarie-Henri Beyle went to war, traveled widely, loved much, and wrote in many genres before producing the first of two masterpieces under the pen name Stendhal. The Red and the Black, his novel about the soul of Restoration France, established him posthumously as a master of realism and the psychological novel.STENDHAL17831842AuthorThe feelings of love and hate in romantic relationships drive characters to act. Love & HateJuliens desire for status and resentment for being thwarted drive his actions.Will to PowerJulien confuses his vanity with a sense of honor, leading him to act recklessly.Honor vs. VanityJulien Sorel, a smart, ambitious man born into the working class, tries to advance in society through the Church. He quickly advances but remains a slave to his pride. Driven to prove he is better than the nobles he envies and despises, Julien destroys himself and the woman he loves.Pride Goes Before the FallTHEMESFrenchOriginal Language1830Year PublishedStendhalAuthorThe Red and the BlackTragedyNovel

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