Double construction in "The Double" / A construção duplicada em "O homem duplicado"




This dissertation researches the duplicity in The Double, by José Saramago. This book was published in Brazil in 2002 and focuses on the globalized world identity, based on the story of the meeting between Tertuliano Máximo Afonso, a History teacher, and his look-alike, António Claro, a supporting actor. Analyzing parts of the novel, the way this duplicity theme is observed to approach the division of the contemporary mans identity. This dissertation is based on theoreticians who focus on duplicity, such as Carl F. Keppler and Nicole Bravo, and identity, Stuart Hall. The work of Marshall Berman on "modernization dialectics is another reference. Sigmund Freud also provides important contributions from the point of view of the human psyche. Using such approach, it was possible to better understand fiction mechanisms supporting criticism by Saramago, trying to understand the game between the inner and outer reality in fiction and society. That is why this paper is divided in five parts. The first part presents the purpose of this dissertation and theoretical foundation. The second part focuses on the analysis of the homogeneous duplicity in this novel. Then, an investigation about the heterogeneous duplicity. The other two parts focuses on contemporary identity division. One focuses on the construction of the main conflict in this novel, and the other focuses on the study of ambiguities along the story, in order to make evident the structure of the novel as post modernity feature.


contemporary novel romance contemporâneo cisão do homem contemporâneo contemporary man s division portuguese literature perda da identidade josé saramago literatura portuguesa duplo literário loss of identity literary duplicity josé saramago

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