The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Study Guide

Milan Kundera

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Narrator, Part 3, Chapter 10 hat fell to her lot was not the burden but the unbearable lightness of being. Sources: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Milan Kundera by Harold Bloom, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Heritage Encyclopedia Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Bowler Hat Stands for the idea that all things happen in a reoccurring cycle Books Represent a world of sophistication to Tereza Anna Karenina Nudity Symbolizes shame and humiliation to Tereza Symbols Nonconformist Czech artist; hates kitsch and uses betrayal to assert her individuality Sabina Swiss professor; considers Sabina his goddess and finds meaning in political activism Franz Czech photographer; longs to solely possess Tomas in both body and soul Tereza Czech surgeon; womanizer whose compassion binds him to his wife Tereza Tomas Main Characters Expelled from the Communist Party in his native Czechoslovakia, Kundera emigrated to France in 1975. Kundera’s work is highly inventive, philosophical, and often political. In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, he says he pushed his characters across emotional borders he could not himself cross. MILAN KUNDERABORN 1929 Author Characters use love andsex to find their and their partners’ identities. Search for Identity The lightness of the body and the heaviness of the soul are at odds. Lightness vs. Weight Differing views concerning faithfulness lead to misunderstandings and pain. Fidelity vs. Betrayal Kundera explores the notion that knowing one’s life is limited—and therefore fleeting—is unbearable to people who crave meaning. His main characters experience the “lightness” of love and sex against the backdrop of communist Soviet rule in 1960s and 1970s Prague. A Philosophical Exercise THEMES Czech Original Language 1984 Year Published Milan Kundera Author The Unbearable Lightness of Being Philosophy Novel

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