Tesi di Laurea
Facoltà: Lettere e Filosofia
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The appearance of one of the men was striking.
He was large, lithe, and white-skinned; he wore
little round colored glasses and rode a fine black
horse of good blood . . . The white man was
large and thickset, powerful and deliberate in
his movements . . . A perfect commotion, full of
symmetry and sound. And yet there was
something out of place, some flaw in proportion
or design, some unnatural thing . . . under his
hat the pale yellow hair was thin and cut close
to the scalp; the tight skin of the head was
visible and pale and pink. The face was huge
and mottled white and pink, and the thick, open
lips were blue and violet. The flesh of the jowls
was loose, and it rode on the bone of the jaws.
There were no brows, and the small, round black
glasses lay like pennies close together and flat
against the enormous face. [pp.42-44]
Agli occhi di Abele, l’albino è, a tutti gli effetti,
il male (il suo stesso biancore sembra confermarlo).
E’ lui l’antagonista, il cattivo che si inserisce nel
“In understanding the albino we must recognize the symbolic dimension
to his character. The conjuction of whiteness and evil inevitably suggests
Melville’s Moby Dick. In chapter 42, “The Whiteness of the Whale”,
Melville describes how white not only symbolizes purity and goodness to
men but also transmits the spectral qualities of terror and evil . . . Melville
particularly mentions the albino man who ‘so particularly repels and often
shocks the eye, as that sometimes he is loathed by his own kith and kin.’”
(Alan R.Velie, “ House Made of Dawn: Nobody’s Protest Novel”, in Four
American Indian literary masters, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press,
“[...] the whiteness of the albino suggests something more terrible than evil
to Abel. As the whiteness of the whale does to Ishmael, it suggests an
emptiness in the universe, a total void of meaning.”
(Lawrence J.Evers, “Words and Place: A Reading of House Made of Dawn”,
WESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE 11 (Winter 1977), p.310.)