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“A Hero of Our Time”, Satire in Albert Camus’ The Fall
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the essay is to show that Albert Camus’ novel The Fall despite the seriousness of the subjects it deals with can be read as a satirical work. To support thisargument a brief explanation of the term satire will be made and the definitions itholds will likewise be discussed.A careful textual analysis shows that satirical ruses are evident in The Fall.Another aim of the paper is to depict how the satirical devises that are used, confront and discuss the objects of “attack”. The essay will focus on finding satirical instances in relation to two major themes that are targeted in the novel: Christianity and modernity. The research method is based on a close reading and the support of secondary sources. The conclusions made, based on argumentative and analytical explorations, are that The Fall in fact can be read as a satirical novel; that the book, through mockery and satire, tries to criticize Christian and Modern values.

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2013. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
The Fall, Camus, judgment, Christianity, satire, modernity, fallenness, criticism
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105850OAI: diva2:732799
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-07-06 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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