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The Kugelmass Episode
Transcript of The Kugelmass Episode
Sidney Kugelmass wants more out of his mundane life. When given the opportunity to enter any book and interact with the characters, he takes advantage of the opportunity.
The Great Persky
Kugelmass is disappointed and bored with his life. He meets Persky, a man who can take him out of the life he lives. He starts to realize this fictional life mirrors his real one. Bringing Emma out of the book ends up causing more distress than pleasure, leaving him with more problems then earlier. Persky can't send Emma back. When she finally gets sent back to Paris, some of his problems are resolved.
Real life vs. Ideal life
Even if your ideal life could be materialized it won't live up to your high expectations; it will always begin to mirror your real life.
Point of View
There are a good amount of ironic elements within the story. It is ironic that the narrator said that Kugelmass has soul, yet he makes so many immoral decisions. It is also ironic that the box breaks before Emma has to return. It's ironic that Kugelmass is a humanities professor, but is not a good role model. It shows his karma and the consequences that will return to someone who makes bad decisions. There is also dramatic irony when the college professors are confused as to what's happening in Madame Bovary.
Method of Development
Throughout the story, Allen uses five tools to develop the plot, theme, and setting for "The Kugelmass Episode". Allen predominantly uses narration and dialogue to dictate the story, but he also includes points that give insight on the thoughts and feelings behind Kugelmass's actions.
Other Literary Elements
One significant literary element within the story was the allusions that Woody Allen made to other novels that included some of the most famous adulteresses in literature.
Author: Woody Allen
Point of View
The point of view is third person omniscient. The narrator of the story reveals thoughts of multiple characters, not just the thought of Kugelmass.
Famous screen writer, actor comedian, author, playwright, musician
New York City Native
Kugelmass vs. himself
Ideal life vs. Real life
There is no resolution because Kugelmass returns to Perksy after his incident with Emma and doesn't appear to have learned his lesson
The machine that transports Kugelmass and Emma represents a coffin. It's dirty and cheap looking. This odd appearing object almost acts as a foreboding element.
The verb "tener" in the remedial textbook that Kugelmass gets stuck in, represents greed. Kugelmass wanted "to have" more.
The Plaza Hotel is a symbol of sanctuary. It is a place for Emma and Kugelmass to hide their affair and live in secrecy. Kugelmass is hiding his second identity.
Static character throughout the book.
Professor of humanities at New York City college.
Divorced with two sons, remarried, and looking for an affair.
A young woman in Flaubert's novel "Madame Bovary"
A young woman who leaves a convent and marries Charles Bovary.
Has many affairs in hopes of curing her boredom.
Believes love will solve all of her problems.
The Great Persky
A static character throughout the story.
"short, thin, waxy-looking man"
A magician with a pessimistic outlook on life.
A small character at the beginning of the story.
Helps introduce readers to the character of Sidney Kugelmass.
New York City
Yonville, France (Inside the novel Madame Bovary)
"Lover I Don't Have to Love" - Bright Eyes
- "But life's no storybook..."
The author's tone throughout the story was that of satire, and sarcasm.