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Book Title: Pelleas and Melisande|
The author of the book: Maurice Maeterlinck
ISBN 13: 9781428008410
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Date of issue: June 1st 2006
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What am I?
Reading Maeterlinck's play feels like engaging in a beautiful, magical, and mysterious riddle.
What am I? A classic play?
Yes, maybe. I do have five acts, a plot, characters and a deadly end, so I guess I could be tragedy. My content suggests it: old man marries young woman, who falls in love with his younger brother. Discovery leads to death. But somehow I lack the action of a classic drama. There is no determination, time is floating, settings change, my characters do not fully understand what they are doing, and why. I do not I think I have the passion of a Greek drama, and I do not feature the complicated, intricate humour of Shakespearean dialogue. Nor do I busy myself with the ideas of Enlightenment theatre. So maybe I am not a drama, after all.
What am I? A fairy tale?
Yes, maybe. I do start in a dark forest, with a young princess in distress who is rescued to an imposing castle on the border between the dark, dark woods and the wide, wide ocean. She loses rings and crowns and falls in love with a young man. I could be a fairy tale. But I lack the moral message in the end, and there is no fight between good and evil, just between indecision and lethargy. So maybe I am not a fairy tale, after all.
What am I? A dream?
Yes, maybe. Almost all that happens remains vague, dreamlike, open-ended, incomprehensible to all characters. I could be a dream. After all, I was born in 1893, at the beginning of the era Freud. I might very well be a subconscious mind, dreaming about symbolic myths. I contain all ingredients. But all my settings are so clear. They are described with loving detail, showing exactly what the castle, the garden, the woods look like, and how my characters are arranged around the scene. If I were a dream, not only thoughts and actions would remain undefined, the surroundings would be cloudy as well. So maybe I am not a dream, after all.
I KNOW WHAT I AM!
I am a tableau vivant! Changing every scene, creating a symbolic picture of a feeling, a constellation, a floating impression. I take care to arrange light and shadows to be aesthetically appealing and evocative of the drama that does not unfold entirely. I create one beautiful picture after the other, and fill each scene with paintings of situations that are accompanied by voices.
And what a beautiful tableau vivant I am. One of the best. L'art pour l'art is celebrated in my eclectic beauty. I am maybe not the reason Maeterlinck won the Nobel Prize, but I deserve to be read and admired for the evocation of the era's strange dichotomy between scientific and social development and its fatalistic, dreamlike resignation and passivity.
I am a child of my time!
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Read information about the authorMaurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (also called Comte (Count) Maeterlinck from 1932; [mo.ʁis ma.tɛʁ.lɛ̃ːk] in Belgium, [mɛ.teʁ.lɛ̃ːk] in France; 29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.
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