October 26, 2021

Literature Journal

World literature news

Stendhal’s novel Red and Black

Stendhal’s novel Red and Black is an acknowledged literary masterpiece of the nineteenth century. Many have read the story of an ambitious and talented young man, a native of the lower classes. Having come to the conclusion that “in our age, money is everything,” young Julien Sorel embarks on a kind of social ascent and, in fact, achieves his goals with relative ease. Among the many assumptions about the meaning of the novel “Red and Black”, one can find a version according to which Stendhal disguised under secret flowers two feelings raging in the soul of an ambitious young man: passion as a spiritual impulse, as an unaccountable attraction and ambition, coupled with a thirst for fame, recognition at any cost … The interpenetration and struggle of these feelings constitute the inner intrigue of Stendhal’s novel. But is it enough to be happy?