Alfred de Musset | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Alfred de Musset.
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SOURCE: Cooper, Barbara T. “Breaking Up/Down/Apart: ‘L'Eclatement’ as a Unifying Principle in Musset's Lorenzaccio.Philological Quarterly 65, no. 1 (winter 1986): 103-12.

In the following essay, Cooper explores the principle of fragmentation in Lorenzaccio, suggesting that the play is “a prototype of modern French drama.”

In act 3, scene 3 of Musset's Lorenzaccio, Lorenzo de Médicis tries to convince Philippe Strozzi that his idealized, optimistic vision of life and humanity is the product of a (self-) delusion—an illusion.

Ah! vous avez vécu tout seul, Philippe [Lorenzo tells his aged friend]. Pareil à un fanal éclatant, vous êtes resté immobile au bord de l'ocean des hommes, et vous avez regardé dans les eaux la réflexion de votre propre lumière. … Mais moi, pendant ce temps-là, j'ai plongé; je me suis enfoncé dans cette mer houleuse de la vie; j'en ai parcouru toutes les profondeurs, couvert de ma cloche de...

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