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KARAKTERI I PRIFTIT TE “GJENERALI I USHTRISË SË VDEKUR”
PRIEST’S CHARACTER IN “THE GENERAL OF THE DEAD ARMY”

Author(s): Gëzim Aliu
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instituti Albanologjik i Prishtinës
Keywords: PRIEST’S CHARACTER ; THE GENERAL OF THE DEAD ARMY; socialist realism

Summary/Abstract: The character (personage as called generally in our literary studies) is among essential categories of a narrative type. In Kadare’s prose some characters gain ideological coloring, mainly because of the pressure made by the doctrine of socialist realism upon his literary work. Such is also the character of the priest. In this paper was seen that this character is a tool of author’s narrative rhetoric, which presents n ex-enemy, who is distinguished by something interesting: he thinks he knows Albanians and in the dialog with the general, he expresses his opinions on them. These opinions are negative and racist. Both priest and general hate Albanians. However, the issue of the foreign character having opinions on Albanians, while the author as a creator of this character is Albanian, leads us to the ascertainment that this is an interesting literary technique, a finding that, however, is functionalized and motivated quite good in the novel’s structure, even though it doesn’t have to do directly with artistic-esthetic prose, but discovers authorial intent to put in front of the reader, especially Albanian reader “foreigners opinions on Albanians”.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 41-42
  • Page Range: 425-436
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Albanian