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Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Light of Being"

This posting analyzes Tereza's character from "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." Kundera has said, "All novels , of every age, are concerned with the enigma of the self. As soon as you create an imaginary being, a character, you are automatically confronted by the question: What is the self" In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Tereza is staring at herself in the mirror. She wonders what would happen if her nose were to grow a millimeter longer each day. How much time would it take for her face to become unrecognizable?

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Tereza's characterization connects with the theme of Self. You may also want to investigate Tereza's character in terms of Irreconcilability of Body and Soul.

It is essential to examine how the relationship between the body and the soul is a source of anguish for Tereza but also a source of wonder. Tereza is the lens for understanding the mind/body duality that Kundera emphasizes.

Please explore the duality. Kundera embodies the idea of characters as victims of the mind/body duality. He shows ...

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This posting offers a thorough analysis of Tereza's character.