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Published: 20 November 2023
Analyzing Jeanne's Character and its Tragic Elements in Une vie from Hippolyte Adolphe Taine's 'Three Elements' Perspective
Luyao Xia, Mengyan Xie, Xinyi Zhu, Li Chao
Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics Dongfang College, China
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Keywords: Hippolyte Adolphe Taine's 'Three Elements', Une vie, Aunt Jeanne, Character Image, Maupassant
This paper, following Hippolyte Adolphe Taine's "three elements" theory, delves into the factors contributing to Aunt Jeanne's personality and her tragic fate. Commencing with an examination of Aunt Jeanne's familial and life context, alongside the historical backdrop and the experiences of female characters like Joanna and the Baroness, this study applies Hippolyte Adolphe Taine's "three elements" - race, environment, and era - to facilitate a systematic analysis. This approach enables a deeper exploration of Aunt Jeanne's character and the tragic elements within her story. The study uncovered Aunt Jeanne as a tragic figure embodying trait such as timidity, sentimentality, low self-esteem, and heightened sensitivity.
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