During extracurricular time, I finished reading The Red And The Black.
It was a typical and fundamental European work of criticism and realism which was released in the 19th century.
Throughout the whole book, it is fulfilled with the hero Julien’s experiences and final failure during his struggling life.
Especially his two love stories, which incisively and vividly revealed the hideous social ethos at the beginning of 19th century.
Besides, the book strongly deprecates the impuissance of monarch, noble and the contemptibility of church and bourgeois.
Its way of statement is really worth appreciating too.
The author is really good at revealing the serious social problem from love.
Julien’s two love experiences were tightly related to the social wind and cloud that time and it was one aspect of class struggle.
Julien indeed fell in love with Mrs. de Renal later, but he was only out of a kind of revengeful thought against dignitary at the very beginning.
Thereby, when first seizing on Mrs. de Renal’s hand, he felt that it was not the happiness out of love, but Napoleon’s victory of ambition and spree.
It is more like the satisfaction of retaliation.
If there was much of love between Julien and Mrs. de Renal in pursuit of her, there must have been no love between Julien and Mathilde but a political game.
Mathilde was a haughty and willful noble young girl.
She was profoundly influenced by French revolution.
She puerilely thought that if there would have been a new revolution, the dominator of this society must be the energetic young people like Julien and marrying him was not only romantic but also dependable.
By contrast, Julien believed that if he would have married Mathilde, he could promote his position and rapid advancement in his career and managed to cheat her love.
To Julien, his two loves were failed without any surprise.
Julien never could enter the gerentocratic, his love will never be allowed by superior.