World literature Essay
TOPIC: similarities characteristics of antagonist in novels school for wives and cousin bazilio.
The novel school for wives enjoins with the 17th century France, it chiefly tells us about the society of France. In the same manner cousin bazilio accounts us on the society of 19th century Portugal. Both the novels are based of theme women but school for wives is a play and cousin bazilio is a novel. Additionally a novel named devil on the cross is also based on the theme women.
Antagonist of the novel school for wives is arnolphe he is approximately 40 years old. Likewise antagonist of the novel cousin bazilio is cousin bazilio. Arnolphe always used to make fun of cuckolds; he used to feel happy by letting down the cuckolds by this we can tell that he is a psychotic person. In the first scene crysalde mentioned that ??? if you marry and your wife cheats you and make you a cuckold all the people in the society will take you t the top of a building and push you down from there??? from this warning of crysalde we can tell in other words that there is lot of hatred in the heart of people in the society towards arnolphe. In the same manner Cousin Bazilio is a well respected person the society he is a well established business man in the society. He had to move from one place to other in order to uplift his business, along the way once he had to visit luiza??™s place. There he acts as he loves luiza, when luiza wanted to marry bazilio and live her further life with him he refuses her offer and behaves rude with her by this we can tell that he is a person with wit a use and throw kind of character.
Agnes was groomed by arnolphe from her childhood, after Agnes turned 17 arnolphe shifted her to one of his homes and she was not allowed to meet any of the women in the society so that she shouldn??™t be influenced by them and so that she won??™t cheat him, consequently we can tell that he is a cautious person. Similarly cousin bazilio asks luiza to not to tell anyone that she is coming to meet her even bazilio meets luiza in absence of other members in short he doesn??™t want expose his affair with luiza by this we can tell that bazilio is afraid that to lose his respect in the society we can tell that he is a cautious kind of man.
Crysalde warns arnolphe of his down fall in the first scene as mentioned he tells arnolphe that people would throw him down the building and as he wanted to marry Agnes without her wish we can tell that he doesn??™t care for his loved ones. Similarly bazilio showed love toward luiza in the beginning but when she asked him to spend his further life with her, without caring for the feelings of luiza he refused and he just thought of himself by this we can tell that he doesn??™t care for the feelings of others even his beloved once.
When Arnolphe goes out on business tour Agnes encounters Horace and they fall in love with each other. As Horace didn??™t know that arnolphe and monsieur de la souche are the same person he wanted help of arnolphe to convince Monsieur de la souche, he narrates everything to arnolphe at that time arnolphe acts very diplomatic and makes plans to separate them. Arnolphe sees that Horace doesn??™t come to know that he is monsieur de la souche. Here we can see his cunning nature we can also tell that he is an intelligent person. In the same way bazilio is a very intelligent person as he never expresses his cunning feelings to luiza, along his stay in Portugal he acted so well that luiza didn??™t feel that she is being cheated. By this we can conclude that he is cunning natured person.
Till date arnolphe was never cheated by any one and he wanted to maintain his picture in the same manner he could never bare his insult or down fall. As he wanted to maintain his image he got Agnes and groomed her in such a way that she could never cheat him or in for insurance we can also tell that he wanted people to respect in his whole life time and to maintain his image he can do anything. Similarly cousin bazilio was very particular of his status in the society he took all precautions when he was out with luiza. He was cautions that no one comes to know of their affair. He even warned luiza not to tell about their affair to others.
We can tell that arnolphe is a narrow minded person, even after knowing that Agnes loves Horace and wanted to marry him he made plans not only to separate them but also to marry Agnes without her permission. He made a plan so that Horace??™s father rejects Agnes and does not allow Horace to marry her. By this we can tell that he is a selfish person who do not care for the feeling of others. In the same way bazilo uses luiza as long as stays in Portugal we can tell that he is a selfish person as doesn??™t care for the feelings of luiza and plans to leave her in her state without helping her out in any manner we can also tell that he is a egocentric person.
In short we can conclude that arnolphe and cousin bazilio ate selfish, cunning, narrow minded etc charactered people. This we can conclude by seeing their behaviour.