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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. Wrote exclusively in Alexandrine. His dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight - the prevailing passion of his characters - a strong Jansensist sense of fate - and the nakedness of both the plot and stage.






2. The protagonist of 'The Red and the Black' - Contains the epitaph 'The truth - the harsh truth - Mathilde de la Mole - Madame de Rnal and M. Pirard - A sociological satire of the French social order under the Bourbon Restoration






3. He is a pompous speechmaker - endlessly rattling on about medical techniques and theories that he really knows nothing about. His presence serves - in part - to heighten our sense of Emma'S frustration with her life.






4. Highly intelligent - rational - and analytical - he is devoted to his country - returning to active duty even after nearly being killed at Austerlitz - and spending months helping Speranski write a new civil code for Russia. Though often detached - h






5. The grandson of the king of Judah who is restored to the throne.






6. Ends: 'Yes - they will trample me underfoot - the numbers marching one two three - four hundred million five hundred six - reducing me to specks of voiceless dust - just as - in all good time - they will trample my son who is not my son - and his son






7. Wrote 'Irony as a Principle of Structure'






8. A master of epic theatre and the 'distancing effect.'






9. Reification and class consciousness - Wrote 'The Theory of the Novel' and 'The Historical Novel'






10. Wrote 'The Myth of Sisyphus' and 'The Rebel'






11. Ends: 'I lingered round them - under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath - and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers






12. Emma Clery and Belvedere






13. Wrote 'The Laugh of the Medusa'






14. John Oakhurst and Tom Simson. Tells the story of a town with serious financial and moral problems. In an effort to save what is left of the town and reestablish it as a virtuous place to be - a secret committee is created and it is decided whom ought






15. Parnell and Cranly






16. Wrote 'The Blacks' and 'The Maids'






17. Concerns a woman - Oedipa Maas - possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies - Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero






18. Gregers and Hjalmar Ekdal






19. Wrote 'Problems of Dostoyevsky' and 'Rabelais and His World'






20. It tells the story of the Bridau family (Phillipe and Joseph) - trying to regain their lost inheritance after a series of unfortunate mishaps.






21. Raskolinikov'S sister - she is decisive and brave - ending her engagement with Luzhin when he insults her family and fending off Svidrigailov with gunfire.






22. The husband of Emma Bovary.






23. The protagonist and 'misanthrope' of the title. He is quick to criticize the flaws of everyone around him - including himself. He cannot help but love Climne though he loathes her behaviour.






24. Proposed that when we attribute motives to others - we tend to rely on ratios between 5 elements: act - scene - agent - agency - and purpose. This has become known as the dramatistic pentad. Wrote 'Permanence and Change' and 'A Grammar of Motives' -






25. The play tells the story of a childless woman living in rural Spain. Her desperate desire for motherhood becomes an obsession that eventually drives her to commit a horrific crime. Her desperation is driven by the social norms of her culture - and th






26. The oldest brother. Passionate and intemperate - easily swept away by emotions and enthusiasms - as he demonstrates when he loses interest in his fiance Katerina and falls madly in love with Grushenka. Cursed with a violent temper - Dmitri is plague






27. Jewel and Gentleman Brown






28. Dmitri Razumikhin and Katerina Ivanova






29. Most of it is a thirty-year flashback. Peter Ivanovich - Gerasim






30. Native American novelist and poet.






31. Involves a blind daughter and hunting rabbits in a loft.






32. Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna






33. The daughter of King Minos and wife of Theseus.






34. A gentleman'S debating club founded by Ben Franklin.






35. Set in Yonville. She has a highly romanticized view of the world and craves beauty - wealth - passion - and high society. It is the disparity between these romantic ideals and the realities of her country life that impels her to commit adultery and a






36. A historical psychological novel in two volumes - chronicling an aesthete carpenter'S son and his attempts to socially rise beyond his plebeian upbringing with a combination of talent and hard work - deception and hypocrisy yet who ultimately allow






37. (His lawyer and best friend) Mr. Jaggers and Herbert Pocket - (the convict and Pip'S worst enemy) - Abel Magwitch and Bentley Drummel






38. Ends: 'There was the hum of bees - and the musky odor of pinks filled the air.'






39. The protagonist of 'The Magic Mountain'






40. Ends: 'Yes - she thought - laying down her brush in extreme fatigue - I have had my vision.'






41. Set partially in the Berghof sanatorium.






42. Raymond and Marie






43. A beautiful - aristocratic married woman whose pursuit of love and emotional honesty makes her an outcast from society. Her adulterous affair catapults her into social exile - misery - and finally suicide.






44. An aristocratic woman. The protagonist of 'The Cherry Orchard.'






45. Metafictional American writer who wrote 'Lost in the Funhouse' and 'Chimera'






46. The protagonist of 'The School for Wives -' also known as Monsieur de la Souche.






47. Borodino






48. Epistolary novel (letters sent to Wilhelm) set in the fictional village of Wahlheim






49. Jorgan Tesman






50. The protagonist of 'Rabbit - Run' (Updike)