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Shelves: classics , mystery-crime-and-thrillers , darkness-horror-gothic , 4-star-reads , romantic-movement This was intense, passionate and completely gripping. The power of the narrative is entirely enthralling. Caleb has a story to tell and he beckons you to heed his words. Ive heeded them myself three times because this was just that good. This novel is entirely underrated on this website, and drastically overlooked.
But most literature of the Romantic era tends to be outside academic studies. Such a shame, this has just as much literary merit as any Victorian novel. I sincerely recommend that you This was intense, passionate and completely gripping. I sincerely recommend that you go read it. I have been a mark for the vigilance of tyranny, and I could not escape.
My fairest prospects have been blasted. My enemy has shown himself inaccessible to entreaties, and untired in persecution. My fame, as well as my happiness, has become his victim.
Every one, as far as my story has been known, has refused to assist me in my distress, and has execrated my name. I have not deserved this treatment. My own conscience witnesses in behalf of that innocence, my pretensions to which are regarded in the world as incredible. There is now, however, little hope that I shall escape from the toils that universally beset me.
I am incited to the penning of these memoirs only by a desire to divert my mind from the deplorableness of my situation, and a faint idea that posterity may by their means be induced to render me a justice which my contemporaries refuse. My story will, at least, appear to have that consistency which is seldom attendant but upon truth.
Godwin displays a message, an obvious one but the display of tyranny is where the importance of this novel is at. Power resides with the upper-classes of society. This is nothing new. The rich can do what they like to the lower classes. Nothing could stop them; they had the money and the reputation to control the whole legal system and wield it to their own personal advantage.
And this is exactly what Mr Falkland does to the young and impressionable Caleb. Mr Falkland is described by the narrator in very idealistic terms; he is considered as a superior being, a man of force, worth and absolute morale dignity. The young Caleb has an undying curiosity to discover what animates this man, and in doing so gain his confidence. I worship you as a being of a superior nature. He becomes his role-model. So what comes next is a real kick in the teeth.
When Caleb gains the confidence of Falkland the descriptions are passionate and revealing. I was conscious to a kind of rapture for which I could not account. The homoerotic language suggests how the double has become an object of desire.
Then here comes the absolutely shattering reversal. This object of desire, this double, becomes a force of domination and persecution. Falkland has an uncanny knack for appearing at the worse times. Falkland observes Caleb in the garden in a haunting manner; it has suggestions of the gothic. The idolism turns into a haunting in which Caleb cannot escape from the object of his original desire. Thus, the persecution begins. This has elements of a thriller novel. The narrative drive was immense.
The writing was superb in this regard. It is full of passion and energy. It is easy to judge Falkland, but his dark deed was that of an anti-hero. He murdered for justice, his wife was killed by the actions of his victim. So his one dark deed shadows over the rest of his life, which is most compelling because previously he had been nothing but a chivalrous hero.
He becomes a figure for division: he is both pitiable and hateable. He is a good man corrupted by his limitless power. The whole novel is a comment on the absurd nature of society; it is a suggestion that powerless men like Caleb are abused and sacrificed on a regular basis, in doing so the gentry can maintain their dignity and position.
Moreover, it is also a suggestion of how corruptible man is. If one such as Falkland can fall, then no one is immune from the flaws of the system. We all have to answer to someone in this life; otherwise, we can do anything.
La aventuras de Caleb Williams
Las ‘aventuras’ de Caleb Williams o Las cosas como son – William Godwin