This analysis is unsatisfactory, however, because it ignores other, associated facets of utopian ways of thinking which permeate the novel, from imagining a happier elsewhere, to political ideologies, to ideals of human conduct. This essay proposes an interpretation of the novel in which ideals of various kinds function within the perception of reality, but can also be morally dangerous when they lead human beings away from a positive engagement with the reality in which they find themselves.
Was unsere Zeit nach allen Seiten hin charakterisiert, das ist ihr Realismus. If utopianism continued to flourish—and it did—it did so in the form not of the classical literary utopia, but of utopian social theory. What we shall demonstrate is that in Quitt Fontane engages with utopia as a literary tradition, that is, he writes a novel which can be read as a utopia, but in so doing he examines utopianism more broadly, presenting utopias and utopianism within a spectrum of unrealistic, prejudiced or ideal perceptions of the world.
Lehnert Menz is a young carpenter and former soldier who lives with his old mother next to the forester Opitz and his wife.
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The relationship between Opitz and Lehnert is antagonistic, in part because Opitz had underhandedly prevented Lehnert from being awarded the Iron Cross in the Franco-Prussian War and saw to it that he instead spent time in prison; but their difficult relationship stems also, indeed primarily, from their characters. Opitz has an inflated sense of his own social position, rights and duties as a Mann im Dienst , something Lehnert, as a temperamental young man with a pronounced desire for independence, finds difficult to flatter for the sake of harmonious and neighbourly relations.
Frightened at the thought of having to return to prison, and unwilling to run away, Lehnert disguises himself and sets out into the mountains in the evening, pretending that he will allow fate to decide whether he should meet and confront Opitz.
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Fatally wounded, Opitz remains alone on the mountain, dying only the next day. When his body is discovered by a search party, Lehnert is immediately suspected, and when officials arrive to search his house, he escapes. We discover him six years later in America and follow him as he settles on a Mennonite farm, Nogat-Ehre, in Indian territory, and here the second half of the novel unfolds. His fate eventually catches up with him as he too dies alone on the mountain, signing in blood his hope that his debt has been repaid, that he is quitt.
For James Bade, the principal interpretative stumbling block for critics has traditionally been the representation of America in the novel, which has been judged either unrealistic, purely imagined, or derived from other fiction, lacking the same quality and authenticity that the first part of the novel possesses Bade, It shall be our purpose to demonstrate that an assessment of the theme and representation of utopia in the novel contributes to all three of these discussions.
Jahrhundert erring. In short, Reuter sees the novel as utopian in a sense that moves beyond the locality of Nogat-Ehre, where Lehnert spend the second half of the novel. The continued discussion of utopias contributes to all of these ongoing fields of research. As we shall see, this basic division in the novel is complemented by a range of other spatial pairs and metaphors which relate the larger opposition of communities and places to smaller, more personal relationships.
Analysed from this perspective, the novel does not appear merely as the depiction of a bad society and a better one; rather, what is at stake in the novel is the function and significance that ideals, imagined or remembered, political, cultural or moral, have in our assessment of reality and in our judgement. From this point of view, Nogat-Ehre does not seem to be a utopia in the sense of a Nicht-Ort or non-existent but idealised place, but rather a plausible location where Fontane situates a society which is to be read as an alternative possibility to the Silesia Lehnert leaves behind.
In addition, the representation of the Silesian milieu constantly emphasises its own closeness to its contemporary readership, through, for example, comic references to Berliners, to tourists, and indeed because of the rooting of the conflict in the Franco-Prussian war.
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Not least the representation of the Mennonite society seems to balance meritocracy and paternalism: Lehnert is welcomed in part because he can work and work and talent are valued, despite personality or religion; at the same time, old servants eat their Gnadenbrot , which contrasts with Lehnerts fears in Silesia that his mother would be helpless without him there to care for her.
Above all, it is the spirit of the place that is different, because Nogat-Ehre is characterised by respect and virtuous living. Nein, nein, nicht Einsamkeit. Nicht einsam leben, nicht einsam sterben.
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