Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Long Fiction Analysis

The first four novels by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis constitute his apprenticeship as a novelist, during which he refined the vision and the skills that came to focus in Epitaph of a Small Winner and the powerful novels that followed. In his famous criticism (1878) of José Maria Eça de Queiróz’s O Primo Basílio (1878; Dragon’s Teeth, 1889; better known as Cousin Bazilio, 1953), Machado de Assis states that the aim of the novel should be to describe action derived from the passions and ideas of its characters. He refers to William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice (pr. 1604), in which the natures of Othello, Iago, and Desdemona are the chief ingredients of the action,...

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