Saturday, November 28, 2015

Incest in humanities: part 12,683

This year we've already seen evidence of incest in  works like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Oedipus, and I'm sure a few others that I'm forgetting. This year has had more stories containing incest than I have ever seen. Once again in Candide, we see evidence of incest… Again. for those of you who didn't read, Candide and his cousin, Cunégonde, have a little kissing sesh after dinner one night and get caught. This instance of incest sparks the rest of the satire's  plot. Without the relations between Cunégonde and Candide, his adventure outside of the Baron's castle would not have happened. Just wanted to point out this other instance of incest we will discuss come Monday.

1 comment:

Ashley Bossier said...

Was incest really that common? We have read so many stories this year and I think every one of them has had a hint of incest tied into it. It really makes you think of the lineage. If so many different authors are writing about the "issue" of incest then why was it still going on? I just can't imagine the times in which it was acceptable to marry your own relatives. Granted, Cunegonde is only Candide's cousin and not his mother, @Macbeth, but still it is very unacceptable. I wonder when all the tests were done to discover that incest was in fact a terrible thing and should not be common.