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It was a major work which accepted the validity of dream as an essential part of human experience, and accepted the view of the world and the sense of human relationships emerging from dream states, or hallucinatory states, as fully admissible evidence in any search for truth: giving a reality at the interface of SUbjective and objective perception. The kind of relationship which links most of the characters in To Damascus had been anticipated outside drama, in the alter ego identities which preoccupied R.

Its value could not be better summed up than in the title of Buiiuel's film, 'that obscure object of desire'. Creditors is more mathematically conceived than The Father or Miss Juiie. Like Miss Juiie, it has a symmetrical elegance of design, but its analysis of human relationships concentrates more simply on a few psychic mechanisms. It is mostly a brittle comedy of the possessiveness of love and the absurdity of the marriage relationship. The objective view this implies is identified with Gustav as the author's surrogate within the play: the one who devises the plot, 35 August Strindberg explains its development, and finally points the moral.

O. J ohannesson has in teres tingly sugges ted an analogy between A Madman's Defence and such exemplars of the novel of consciousness as F. M. Ford's The Good Soldier and Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, in which the narrator uncovers and presents 'the truth' of a situation but becomes an increasingly questionable medium of interpretation and, ultimately, the focal character in the work, to be judged as other characters are judged. 13 We know that in the late 1880s, Strindberg became passionately interested in Edgar Allan Poe, pioneer explorer of SUbjective states and the kind of occult experience presented in Inferno, through the hero's consciousness of unseen forces and, especially, a personal malignancy directing his life from a distance.

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