Thursday, August 27, 2015
Something that popped into my mind while in class was the fact that Tomas's supposed reason for sleeping around with so many women is because he wants to find their unique quality. This fact is exemplified when he sleeps withe the "giraffe" woman. The woman is described as "Clumsiness combined with ardor, ardor with clumsiness-- they excited Tomas utterly"(Kundera 206). This combination of ardor with clumsiness what Tomas finds unique about this woman. What aggravates me is that Tereza does not seem to grasp that Tomas does see her with an "I." Tereza struggles with her body throughout the novel by representing it as a strong hold against her soul. The soul, being what makes her an "I," or an different from all other bodies. When Tereza first sleeps with Tomas she thinks that she has found the man who will separate her soul and body, but as soon as she is introduced to his womanizing she decides that he does not see her as an "I." This is not the case, because I believe, through the text of the book, that Tomas does see Tereza as an individual body. Also to mention that he loves Tereza and allows her to break his strict rules for sleeping around by allowing her to sleep next to him, making her more special than the other women.