The Marquise Of O By Kleist

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In Kleist’s novella The Marquise of O, the narrative depicts the account of the Marquise of O’s, a young Italian window and a “lady of unblemished reputation”(Kleist 68), sudden impregnation and her subsequent attempts to solve the question of the paternity of her child. Through the contrasting interactions between the characters from the Marquise’s estrangement with her family to her eventual reconciliation, Kleist utilizes the search for her unborn child’s father to provide a social commentary on how tensions of uncertainty complicate the search for truth and identity within established gender relationships and traditional social constructs.
Throughout the narrative, the text utilizes the conflict over the crisis of cognition, or the very mystery regarding the Marquise’s lack of knowledge surrounding her mysterious pregnancy, as a catalyst for the presentation of the plurality of opinions associated with the Marquise’s current status in society and presumptions to the father’s identity. In itself, this state of cognitive dissonance prevents the Marquise from making any attempts at atoning for her supposed sin, as she herself is unaware of any possible transgressions responsible for her current predicament. In turn, this separation from the truth pushes the marquise to fall into the conviction that the “incomprehensible change[s] in her figure” and “inner sensations” (85) she felt were due to the god of Fantasy or Morpheus or even “one of his attendant dreams,” (74) thereby relinquishing her subconscious from any guilt. However, despite her self-assurance of innocence and desperate pleas at expressing her clear conscience, the marquise becomes subject to external pressures from both her family and society, who come to perceive her as an immoral being worthy of dispossession. In rejecting the marquise’s attests to the truth, the narrative illustrates the tendency for people to willingly accept unverified assumptions as fact without further consideration of alternatives and to stick to presumed ideals as opposed to investigating or questioning for themselves, which results in a myopic mindset.
With such pronounced emphasis on her purity, the marquise manages to overshadow different aspects of the narrative that suggest the identity of her child’s father, illustrating how her own sense of the truth is riddled with ignorance and oversight. For instance, with Count F’s remark that he was responsible for a singular “ignoble action” and his declaration “’Giulietta! This bullet avenges you!’” (73), the text elicits the notion that Count F, a seemingly noble officer, was capable and is culpable of the rape crime committed at the placement of the dash. Furthermore, with later mentions such as his being “’fully convinced of your [Giuletta’s] innocence –‘” and his erratic desire to promptly marry her without so much as having briefly met her compounded with the fact that he relates to the swan story illustrates the significant potential that he is...

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