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Humor in the "The Nonexistent Knight"
A review and analysis of Italo Calvino's "The Nonexistent Knight".
# 153458 | 1,074 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Literature (Italian)

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The paper provides an outline of the contents of the book, "The Nonexistent Knight", and relates that it is a satiric rendering of a medieval tale that aims to explore, among other things, the existential underpinnings of life. The paper describes the genre of this book and examines the major themes, motifs and symbolism it contains. The paper then analyzes a passage of this work and offers an interpretation of it.

Historical and Aesthetic Content
Major Themes Motifs And Symbolism
Significant Passages with Analysis & Interpretation

From the Paper:

"The Nonexistent Knight is a character driven narrative and, therefore, should be summarized within the framework of those characters and their exploits throughout the novella. The titular character, the nonexistent knight, Agilulf, who exists not in the flesh but in a suit of armor, seeks to restore his honor by confirming that his good deed that earned him his knighthood, saving the virginity of a young royal woman from the lecherous ways of two brutes, did indeed happen per his recollection. The youth, Raimbaut, is a young knight in the making who falls in love with a dastardly lady knight. The lady knight, Bradamante, falls in love with the chivalric and impeccably noble ways of the nonexistent knight and sets up a love triangle of sorts. Then there's Torrismund, another knight, who ends up falling in love with a woman that was at one point thought to be his mother. Lastly, there's the nihilistic narrator, a nun, who is full of vim and verve and a dolt called Gurduloo who exists, but does not know he exists. In short, the Nonexistent Knight is a satiric rendering of a medieval tale that aims to explore, among other things, the existential underpinnings of life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Calvino, Italo. The Nonexistent Knight. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Inc., 1959. Print.
  • Markey, Constance. Italo Calvino: A Journey toward Postmodernism (Crosscurrents, Comparative Studies in European Literature and Philosophy). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida; 1st edition,1999. Print.
  • Marx, Carl. Critique of the Gotha Program. New York, NY: International Publishers, 1938. Print.

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