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Power of GentlenessMeditations on the Risk of Living$
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Anne Dufourmantelle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001

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Pure Gentleness?

Pure Gentleness?

(p.48) Pure Gentleness?
Power of Gentleness

Anne Dufourmantelle

, Katherine Payne, Vincent Sallé
Fordham University Press

Gentleness must contain the seed of its opposite in order to maintain its agency. Violence is proof that that gentleness may not be fully received in this world. Dufourmantelle discusses literary characters who embody innocence and are its tragic heroes. She discusses Billy Budd by Herman Melville, The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, and “A Simple Heart” by Gustave Flaubert.

Keywords:   brutality, fidelity, Flaubert, gentleness, Hugo, innocence, literature, Melville, opposite, purity, violence

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