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Deadly Dishonor

The Duel and the Honor Code in the Works of Arthur Schnitzler


Brenda Elaine Keiser

This study analyzes the anachronistic tradition of the duel and the honor code in turn-of-the-century Vienna as portrayed by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931). Schnitzler's approach to this theme reveals the dialectics between personal ethics and the military honor code. It is shown that Schnitzler observed a transition of values in Viennese society, in which external representation was often considered more important than internal conviction.