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Neorealism and the "New" ItalyMoravia’s Representation of Compassion

Neorealism and the "New" Italy: Moravia’s Representation of Compassion [This chapter investigates divergent possibilities for triggering or denying compassionate responses by stressing the values of Italian society that need to find permanence and stability. The female protagonist’s compassionate reactions, or their absence, draw attention to creative ways for envisioning women’s refusal of exploitation and suggest new approaches to explore Two Women. Moravia casts Cesira as a tragic character who puts herself in others’ situations even though her vulnerability puts her in danger. The story depicts her downfall after the soldiers’ assault and her physical and moral destruction. This tragic event enables Cesira to grow both psychologically and emotionally. Cesira’s compassionate responses and awareness of the social and cultural situation of the time allow her to recognize similarities among individuals of different nationalities promoting understanding.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Neorealism and the "New" ItalyMoravia’s Representation of Compassion

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
ISBN
978-1-137-54132-1
Pages
133 –157
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52416-4_12
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter investigates divergent possibilities for triggering or denying compassionate responses by stressing the values of Italian society that need to find permanence and stability. The female protagonist’s compassionate reactions, or their absence, draw attention to creative ways for envisioning women’s refusal of exploitation and suggest new approaches to explore Two Women. Moravia casts Cesira as a tragic character who puts herself in others’ situations even though her vulnerability puts her in danger. The story depicts her downfall after the soldiers’ assault and her physical and moral destruction. This tragic event enables Cesira to grow both psychologically and emotionally. Cesira’s compassionate responses and awareness of the social and cultural situation of the time allow her to recognize similarities among individuals of different nationalities promoting understanding.]

Published: Aug 21, 2016

Keywords: Fairy Tale; Cultural Awareness; Emotional Involvement; Female Protagonist; Compassionate Presence

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