His new freedom did not derive from the surgical removal of a swollen superego but from gaining a measure of control over it and, above all, displacing the powerful sense of responsibility onto a different set of moral imperatives. The Counterfeiters is a highly moral book, even in the most old-fashioned sense: there are "good" characters and "bad" ones and, in general, things work out well for the good and badly for the bad. This apparently hedonistic dictum is only superficially scandalous; the license given by "happiness" is withdrawn in advance by "God. The proviso at the end about going "up hill" is equivalent to the earlier one about God.
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It tells the story of a multitude of characters, each of which symbolizes the different incarnations of the author, declaims all philosophical theories on the novel and art and human relations and develops them up to convince the reader, just before continuing in another character taken in a new context generally an idea that has everything contradictory and which appears to us just as right.
In the end the story shows the meeting of various personalities of the author. The story in itself is that of two young friends a few weeks before their examination of the baccalaureate which, leaving high school in the s, live an adventure that could be described as astonishing literary.
They will continue the adventure together but we will have their points of view to both, on each side, which will give us the impression of two parallel paths rather than a common history. In the inter-war that exploits this novel, we applaud a fair and exciting painting of the freedom of spirit, of creation, of artistic movement of that time when we caught our breath of a war passed and where the emotion was tending to fall back, where we were finally rebuilding, and where morals tend to be liberalized.
In the novel, the author gives us to see a literary meeting where we see some great figures of the time, like Alfred Jarry who looks at this moment of a man overbearing, crazy and slightly offbeat reality by this original character that he plays in society.
Overall we follow the vision of characters who seek to create journals, to write, to poise, and finally to revolutionize the classical form of writing. Thus, all the characters of Gide seem to be pursued of this greatness and this romantic thrill, all seem poets and artists.
There is therefore a lively youth, adults with intelligence that is lost in an excess of everyday life, novelists. Characters tied and endearing. Two characters stand out from the crowd, however, it is Lady Griffith and the Count of Passavant who seem to be the evil gods and manipulators of this story. They are idle people, who give their esteem only to those who are useful or agreeable to them, but without any honest or reasonable foundation.
In this novel, finally, there is also a struggle of intelligence of those who detaches themselves to carry on unknown lands, those struggling to get there, and those who believe arriving but in reality circling.
The Counterfeiters by André Gide (Book Analysis)
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