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By Susanna Lee

This can be a literary and philosophical research that hyperlinks the belief of secularism to the shape of the unconventional. It deals a groundbreaking severe beginning either for knowing the circulate towards a mundane tradition and for analyzing the position of the person in sleek moral, political, and non secular contexts.

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But in Madame Bovary, God’s absence or distance are more than metaphors for a narrative mode. Flaubert says he wants to write as God sees (indeed, also wants others to write as God sees) but, to recast the focus, it seems too that he wants God to see as he writes. Production of a distant and contemptuous God is Flaubert’s superior joke, a principal concern of Madame Bovary. We know that the nineteenth-century transition to secularism was accomplished not through a direct assault on the idea of transcendent structure, but rather through the gradual conceptual development of a reasonable and harmonic world without that transcendence.

Some wondrous force which directs both what he himself does, and what happens to him. ’ ’’38 In their readings of Le rouge, Shoshana Felman and Michel Crouzet cite the unconscious, much as Bell cites chance, as an obstacle rather than a key to planned understanding. ’’40 Crouzet writes, ‘‘This [the sublime] is the dimension from which I want to study Julien Sorel: this character [personnage], but is he in fact a character, he whom one cannot grasp without interpreting, without mutilating, this non-character [non-caracte`re] endlessly covered and described in contradictions.

Just as during the parade, chance (Providence) intruded at the moment he became a hero, here that outside force (madness, chance, the unconscious, romantic obsession) intrudes at the moment he is to express himself, at the moment the story becomes, in the most fundamental sense, about him. If indeed this is the core of Julien, the essence of his character, a ‘‘winning through to a self-defining identity,’’ it is a core or an identity that announces nothing but its unreadable nature. The road from La Mole to Verrie`res undoes what it pretends to reveal, sending the reader to search elsewhere for an explanatory chain.

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