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Individual Oral Presentation - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tereza, Body and Soul and The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Priyanka Mogul

on 21 June 2010

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Transcript of Individual Oral Presentation - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tereza and the
Unbearable Lightness of Being Body and Soul Old fashioned relationship with her body. Tomas' infidelities and it's effect on her. Body issues linked to childhood experiences. Lightness and Weight Grows to hate her body. Series of dreams/nightmares - symbolism. Body = Lightness Soul = Weight How does the theme
of 'Body and Soul'
link with
the theme of 'Lightness and Weight'? How does Tereza's
attitude towards her
body and sexuality
tell us that she is
a 'light' character? "Tereza tried to see herself through her body. she forgot she was looking at the instrument panel of her body mechanisms; she thought she saw her soul shining through the features of her face."
Tomas' Infidelities and It's Effect On Her "She had come to him to escape her mother's world, a world where all bodies were equal. She had come to him to make her body unique, irreplaceable. But he, too, had drawn an equal sign between her and the rest of them: he had kissed them all alike, stroked them all alike, made no, absolutely no distinction between Tereza's body and the other bodies. He had sent her back into the world she had tried to escape, sent her to march with the other naked women."
pg 55 Tried to escape from a world where sexuality is of not much cocern - importance of sexuality to her.
Longed for Tomas to make her feel as though she was different, her body was not like all others.
Felt as though she had the right to feel concious of her body because it was being compared to other bodies. Body Issues Linked To Childhood Experiences Never allowed any privacy - violation of privacy considered as something horrible to her.
Lack of sense of shame while growing up - grew to hate her body.
Identified herself with the soul hidden within it. Pg 38 Old Fashioned Relationship With Body Inablitily to have casual sex with engineer.
"The first time she went to see Tomas's flat, her insides began to rumble. And no wonder: she had had nothing to eat since breakfast. She had concentrated on the daring journey ahead of her and forgotten about food. But when we ignore the body, we are more easily victimized by it. She felt terrible stanging there in front of Tomas listening to her belly speak out. She felt like crying."
Pg 37 "While she marched around the pool naked with a large group of other women, Tomas stood over them in a basket hanging from the pool's arched rood, shouting at them, making them sing and do knee-bends. The moment one of them did a faulty knee-bend, he would shoot her."
pg 53 "When she lived at home, her mother forbade her to lock the bathroom door. Wht she meant by her injunction was: your body is just like all other bodies; you have no right to shame; you have no reason to hide something that exists in millions of identical copies." "In her mother's world all bodies were the same and marched behind one another in formation. Since childhood, Tereza had seen nudity as a sign of concentration camp uniformity, a sign of humiliation."
pg 54 "It occured to her that there might be a way to avoid the condemnation she saw in Tomas's infidelities: all he had to do was take her along take her with him when he went to see his mistresses! Maybe then her body would again become the first and only among all others. Her body would become his second, his assistant, his alter ego." She yearned for the two of them to merge into a hermaphrodite. Then the other women's bodies would be their playthings."
pg 59 Inability to live with lightness - conntection to 'Lightness and Weight' - doesn't awnt to be involved in a relationship with no deeper meaning.
People believed the body was a cage, and the soul was trapped inside it - Tereza;s anachronistic mind - views the soul an dbody the way people used to in older times - completely separate.
Rumbling of stomach that inspired her character.
Grew To Hate The Body Linked with sexuality.
Unable to have casual sex - sexual intercourse contains deeper meaning for her.
"Inability to live with lightness." Series of Nightmares Nightmares reveal body issues.
Nightmares have roots in her traumatic childhood.
Duality of body and soul.
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