By Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
The unreliable narrator and the fictitious memoir are long-standing literary traditions. Nineteenth-century Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis makes use of either to great impact in his novel Dom Casmurro. Narrated through Bento Santiago, this memoir seems again over a lifestyles full of the suspicion of betrayal: Bento is confident that his spouse had an affair along with his ally, and that his son used to be the results of it. notwithstanding he has no actual proof to aid this trust, Bento turns into so keen about it that, in any case, he commits crimes a long way worse than the suspected adultery to avenge himself. The memoir itself is one of those justification for his activities; Bento, now on my own, recreates the surroundings of his adolescence and makes an attempt to rewrite the evidence of his life--in essence, reconstructing the previous.
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