Swords into ploughshares

5891309e6ec17.jpeg Author Richard Martin
Isbn 9780870997570
File size 3.1MB
Year 1995
Pages 24
Language English
File format PDF
Category Art

Book Description:

In Stendhal’s novel of modern resolution, The Red and the Black Julien Sorel is faced with choosing between the black cassock of the clergy and the valorous red of Napoleon's oldiers. Sorel makes a rueful choice of the black, but his sartorial decision is the matrix of a very modern conflict between passion and the social order. The style of the military has enchanted the modern imagination. Despite the waste manifest in war; modern culture has realized its belligerent, aggressive style as an option tinged with sentiments of courage and honor. Stephen Crane’s paean to the warrior; The Red Badge of Courage, renders war as exceptional intensity and fervor: "Within him, as he hurled himself forward, was born a love, a despairing fondness for this flag which was near him. It was a creation of beauty and invulnerability,” War renders heroes; war tenders fortitude.

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