Madách Imre Az ember tragédiája : a nemzeti, az európai és az egyetemes identitás kontextusában

Máté, Zsuzsanna: Madách Imre Az ember tragédiája : a nemzeti, az európai és az egyetemes identitás kontextusában. Nemzetiségi - nemzeti - európai identitás. pp. 30-42. (2009)

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In my study I have examined: the possible interpretations of identity: the national message of the dramatic poem is the „philosophy of struggle” as a Hungarian characteristic; and the european and universal identity, and the duality of Adam’s tragedy: confrontation with God, and confrontation with his own divine self. Adam and Lucifer are the heroes of the play, and their dialogues reflect a dilemma with which Madách had to struggle in the post-revolutionary decade: Adam’s values are those of a Romantic Liberal, whereas Lucifer’s mistrust of generalizations, valuejudgments, normative statements, and teleology may remind one of Positivist reasoning. The central idea of Madách’s dramatic poem is the ‘philosophy of struggle.’ This spirit is emanated by the great figures of the Hungarian nation, from Zrínyi and Rákóczi to Kölcsey, Wesselényi, Kossuth, Széchenyi and Deák. It is the spirit that suggests that, however hopeless a situation may be, one must act, struggle and trust; perhaps the struggle will not be in vain. The Tragedy of Man suggests is that existence might be regarded as belonging to God’s essence, whereas being as ‘mere position’ is a characteristic of man. In any case, the end of the play seems to be in harmony with the conclusion Kant reached in his Critique of Pure Reason: the whole of our knowledge finally ends in unanalyzable concepts. I have examined into the influence by Kant in the context of the european and universal identity. In my opinion The Tragedy of Man, the masterpiece of Imre Madách is not only one of the most popular stage classics in Hungary but the most well-known Hungarian play in other countries as well and hungarian cultural identity’s work of art.

Item Type: Article
Other title: Imre Madách The Tragedy of Man : in the context of the national, european and universal identity
Event Title: Nemzetiségi - nemzeti - európai identitás (2008) (Szeged)
Journal or Publication Title: Nemzetiségi - nemzeti - európai identitás
Date: 2009
Page Range: pp. 30-42
ISBN: 978-963-482-962-1
Heading title: Az Európai Unió kulturális politikája és a kulturális identitás
Uncontrolled Keywords: Magyar irodalom - dráma, Magyar irodalom története - 19. sz., Műelemzés, Identitás - kulturális
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2020. Jan. 17. 08:45
Last Modified: 2020. Jan. 17. 08:45
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/63381

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