Character Analysis: The Princess Of Cleves

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The Princess of Cleves
The Princess of Cleves is considered to be the first contemporary novel as well as the first in the genre of psychological fiction books. It was published in 1678 by Madame de Lafayette. The books mental model reflects the ability to reveal the thoughts of the characters rather than focusing on their actions. This essay examines the nature of the protagonist in the story and illustrates how the writer has developed the character traits in the outlook of tragedy and sympathy.
It is important to state from the onset that in the book La Princesse de Cleves the majority of the characters have a historical significance in that the narrative is framed from real members of the Court
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Though the story rarely describes the physical attribute of the Princess, the superlatives in the book reveal that she is lovely and modest. We are informed of the princess beauty when she met the Prince of Cleves in a jewelry shop. The reader learns that on seeing the Princess for the first time, the Prince was overwhelmed by her looks and her modesty and he immediately began analyzing if she was married (Lyons, 127). The appearances form the basis of their future marriage.
The heroine is presented not just as beautiful but also as amicable, and this makes her beauty universally recognized. All the three Queens admired the Princess beauty when she is formally presented to the court,. More importantly, it was that charm that made Nemours fall in love with her when he saw her at the ball. The writer amplifies her effect on people by indirect use of contrast. The influence emerges when Nemours shuns the opportunity to be a consort for the Queen of England and focuses his entire energy in wooing the Princess despite the fact that she is
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The writer first presents the protagonist as young and naïve. We learn that she was only sixteen when she was introduced to the intrigues of the court by her mother. This youthfulness made her develop a rapport with the King’s daughter Dauphine, a teenager too. She is presented as very young to discern what love is. When she retreated in the summer house at Colomiers romanticizing with a picture of her secret lover Nemours, her teenage love is
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