n French Studies in Southern Africa - "La coupe", objet politique et / ou religieux dans : entre conflit et alliance de l'incipit à l'explicit

Volume 2008, Issue 38
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



This article attempts to show how, in Gustave Flaubert's second novel, , various political and religious elements intersect in a particular object, the "coupe" (cup). Through its symmetrical, mirror-like distribution in the novel, the object comes to denote the simultaneity of situations and occurrences in both the first and last chapters, symbolically embodying the socio-economic and sentimental aspirations of the two protagonists, Salammbô and Mâtho, from their very first contact during the feast right up to the sacred wedding which, at the end of the narrative, marks their virtually simultaneous deaths. These considerations form the basis of the analyses set out in the article.

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