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Animal Symbolism in Hofmannsthal's Works

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Helen Frink

This study examines recurring animal images in Hofmannsthal's major works and some fragments. In his early «Märchen der 672. Nacht» and in «Reitergeschichte» animals confront man with evidence of his own physicality, symbolizing what Hofmannsthal called «Die Unentrinnbarkeit des Lebens.» Hunting imagery in Die Frau im Fenster, the unfinished «Knabengeschichte,» and Andreas provides insight into problematical relationships between men and women. The analysis of animal torture in Das kleine Welttheater, Andreas, and Der Turm exposes deep-rooted conflicts between fathers and sons.
Contents: Analysis of animal imagery, from literary and psychoanalytical sources - Creates an new understanding of problematical relationships between men and women and between fathers and sons.