Lautréamont's Maldoror: Translated by Alexis Lykiard Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the narrator warn the reader about before Maldoror's story begins?

The narrator tells the reader that they must read this epic poem with logic and sense or else the poem might corrupt the reader and turn them evil, like Maldoror.

2. What happens to Maldoror when he realizes he was born evil?

When Maldoror realizes he was born evil, he decides to abandon goodness because it will be impossible to fight his true nature.

3. In Book I Stanza 5, what is the first thing Maldoror tells the reader?

Maldoror tells the reader that all men are evil; however their motivations for evil differ. He says he has begged God to show him a good man.

4. In Book I, Stanza 6, what does Maldoror suggest people do to children?

Maldoror suggest that people grow their fingernails long in order to scratch children until they bleed. He suggests blindfolding the child so they don't know who is hurting them and then the attacker can pretend to be the savior too. Maldoror also says to take the child to the hospital after so society will applaud the attacker.

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