Philosophy of Fiction in Literature
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...it are glad to have an infusion of the blood-fury in the stories that occupy our leisure. We like to see the devil " skelp " and " scaud " poor wretches and hear them squeal. We admire the exhibition of the power of Ulysses in his fight with Irus, but we also enjoy seeing the beggar smashed. Tolstoi. Further than this, all the pleasures of witnessing the display of strength and skill leading to success which we mentioned fully in the last chapter form the main interests in war scenes, with the moral feelings aroused by suffering and its tender suggestions as variations. The heroic generally causes us to forget the brutal. Where the latter is brought before us, however, we are interested either from the fascination of the idte fixe, or from latent fierceness and cruelty and the spirit of revenge in our own sentiments. It is fortunately the case that on the whole the sympathetic side of human nature is growing more controlling and we demand more and more that our sympathies be ministered unto. Then it is endurance, self-sacrifice, devotion to a cause, courage in the face of attack rather than in attacking, that command our greatest interest, inasmuch as we feel with Carlyle that " the essential function of the soldier is not killing but being killed." To sum up: the exhibition of suffering interests us sympathetically, from developing pleasurable tender emotion, finding its issue in pity, sorrow, tears; morally, from its bearings on moral character, on justice, education, and human welfare generally; scientifically, from its psychological and pathological phenomena; brutally, from the enjoyment we share with other carnivorous animals in pursuing, tearing, and killing prey; and, once more, from the serpent fascination of the idte fixe, which...
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