Last week, I noted that The Immoralist “caused a scandal” on its first publication in Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of. Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I experienced the text. It is disturbing, upsetting even, to read. Why? In Homos in , Leo. I have been going through old classics on my shelves recently. A couple months ago, I re-read Albert Camus’ THE STRANGER and THE FALL.

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Reading group: A slap in the face from AndrĂ© Gide’s The Immoralist

Personally, it felt like a slap in the face: During the apple harvest, he describes the rich fragrances immorapist the air: The illness takes him to the edge of life and death, where he has to affirm his desire to live. Moktir, the boy who once stole the immoralst of scissors, has recently been released from prison. In the following essay, Remy examines Gide’s use of natural imagery to mirror his protagonist’s psychic state.

More than one hundred years after its initial publication, Immoralis Immoralist remains a novel of startling ideas and confessions. The Immoralist is considered one of the greatest early psychological novels. Although she had raised him with strict Huguenot values, he did not observe these values later in his life.

It is this elevation and expansion of his personal anomaly that makes Michel a hero. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

Marceline becomes pregnant and her pregnancy temporarily grounds Michel. Although I’m not sure how jmmoralist I liked it It is he who gde the key sentence of the book when he says that: When they move to Paris, she becomes increasingly ill, soon losing the baby in a miscarriage.


The book utilizes the vicissitudes of landscape, weather and nuances of emotions to seduce the reader into rooting for this most hateful of villains and his attempts at self-transformation. I mean a practicing pederast?

These tensions resulted in many years of estrangement between husband and wife. Michel sleeps with Ali’s sister on several occasions. Now I would make the thrilling discovery of life. Three months after her death, Michel writes to his friends and asks for them to visit him.

Andre Gide – ‘The Immoralist’

Michel, who once suffered from tuberculosis, after being tended by his wife and with his strong will to attain good health, becomes healthy again. On the couple’s honeymoon to Tunisia, Michel becomes very ill, and during his recovery he meets a young Immkralist boy whose radiant health and beauty captivate him.

As Michel recovers from tuberculosis, he finds himself more and more focused on his physical health. One day, Michel gets into a fight with a drunken coach driver, who had been driving recklessly while Marceline was a passenger in the coach. Increasingly interested in corrupt and unusual behavior, Michel ultimately decides to catch Alcide, another of Bocage’s sons, while Alcide poaches on his land.

Gide’s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom gire empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty. The new Michel cannot emerge because the old Michel, the one who was encumbered by family obligations, stands in the way. However, if we continue hiding, those secrets will find their way out in the open.


It seems to me far more important that language and structure should be used to support a narrative that convinces us about the authenticity of everything that happens within the novel. While the couple eventually befriend a number of Arab boys, Marceline prefers the sickly and weaker children, while Michel prefers the strong and healthy ones.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

Yet with this change, Michel did not seem to develop his own sense of morality; rather he sometimes acted in accordance with generally accepted morality and sometimes against it. His illness was diagnosed as tuberculosis and it was unlikely he would survive.

In the following essay immoraliist, Cordle shows how Gide’s The Immoralist precipitates “the dissolution of a heterosexual relationship and its replacement by a homosexual one.

However, they sleep in separate bedrooms and their marriage is not consummated until two months after their wedding. In short, Michel describes himself as influenced by the cultural rules in kmmoralist he is immersed, so much so that he remarks that, “It never occurred to me that I could lead a different life.