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Book Title: Monna Vanna: A Play in Three Acts|
The author of the book: Maurice Maeterlinck
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.15 MB
Date of issue: November 11th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781116926576
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This play turned out to be an unexpected pleasure
Monna Vanna is a brave, incredible woman.
She is the wife of Guido Colonna, the Commander of Pisa. The city is attacked and vanquished by another town- Florence.
The situation requires a dramatic stand and Marco Colonna, the father of the Commander is on a mission to talk to Prinzivalle, the enemy:
- MARCO: Know, then, that I saw Prinzivalle and spoke with him.... I thought to find some barbarian, arrogant and heavy, always covered with blood or plunged in drunken stupor; at best, the madman they have told us of, whose spirit was lit up at times, upon the battlefield, by dazzling flashes of brilliance, coming no man knows whence. I thought to meet the demon of combat, blind, unreasoning, vain and cruel, faithless and dissolute.... I found a man who bowed before me as a loving disciple bows before the master. He is lettered, eager for knowledge, and obedient to the voice of wisdom.... He loves not war; his smile speaks of understanding and gentle humanity. He seeks the reason of passions and events. He looks into his own heart; he is endowed with conscience and sincerity, and it is against his will that he serves a faithless State
In other words, Prinzivalle is on course to become the good, white knight of the story, somewhat surprisingly. I was expecting Guido and Marco to be the positive heroes, but Guido will soon show all the traits of a Dr. Strangelove.
Not suddenly, for in the first place the reader admires his devotion and passion for Giovanna, whom they call Vanna. Prinzivalle wants Vanna in exchange for his vital help and Guido is horrified and wants to jail his father because Marco favors this solution.
Indeed, the whole population of Pisa will survive, if Vanna goes to Prinzivalle, in exchange for the food that will put an end to starvation.
- PRINZIVALLE: Had there come ten thousand of you into my tent, all clad alike, all equally fair, ten thousand sisters whom even their mother would not know apart, I should have risen, should have taken your hand, and said, "This is she!" Is it not strange that a beloved image can live thus in a man's heart?
There is a moment of awe, when Prinzivalle meets Vanna. I was expecting a man in control of the situation, ready to take advantage of a defenseless pray, but the truth is different, for there is a love story unfolding. These are beautiful chapters, but I must say that the behavior of the lover is inappropriate, in retrospect.
- Isn’t it blackmail, even if in the name of love?
To hold a city hostage, in order to satisfy your love does not make you the purest being and it is immoral, to say the least.
This goes to prove how good it can be to write about a story, play or novel you have read- thinking about it and trying to explain it makes you understand aspects you missed in the first place.
I was enchanted by the love story between Monna and Prinzivalle, so much so that I missed the lamentable action of asking for her as a kind of prize hostage. It is more complicated than that and we can think of a saying:
- “All is fair in love and war”
Guido Colonna is cruel and unfair, making Prinzivalle a role model by comparison. After he was saved together with his community, he wants to kill his benefactor. It is a question of vengeance, pride and jealousy, because he does not believe it when Monna says that nothing happened she was not only protected, but not even touched.
The Commander proves to be a vile man and you have to read to see what happens:
- Will Guido have his revenge?
- Will love triumph?
Monna Vanna turned out to be an unexpected pleasure
Read information about the authorMaurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (also called Comte (Count) Maeterlinck from 1932; [mo.ʁis ma.tɛʁ.lɛ̃ːk] in Belgium, [mɛ.teʁ.lɛ̃ːk] in France; 29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.
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