She was eventually assasinated in a court intrigue. Ferrante is a Lear who decides to reign until he drops dead, securely bolstered on his throne by his inordinate pride and cruelty masked by a hypocritical concern for the state. Mais pourquoi regarder le ciel? Ferrante is the king of Portugal and he wants Prince Pedro, his son, to marry the infanta of Navarre, for reasons of state. And we proceed with a classic conflict between duty and love. Prince Pedro loves Ines de Castro, but this is not what the king wants and he is very upset to learn that his son had refused the infanta.
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Montherlant was born into a noble Roman Catholic family of Catalan origin. Les Bestiaires ; The Bullfighters , a novel about bullfighting, records his feverish search for the peacetime equivalents of the physical excitement, heroism, and comradeship he had found at the front during his two years of service in World War I. This sardonic and misogynistic work describes the relationship between a libertine novelist and his adoring women victims. It exalts the pleasures of the body and of artistic creation while scornfully rejecting feminine possessiveness and sentiment.
After Montherlant turned to the theatre with the historical drama La Reine morte. All are dramas of character whose protagonists strive to hold to their high, sometimes perilously inflated, ideals of themselves.
They reveal a preoccupation with pride and self-mastery as well as a dual attraction to sensual pleasure and the more austere forms of Christianity. Montherlant was elected to the French Academy in Fearing blindness, he died by his own hand. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription.
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