- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199572844
- ISBN-13: 978-0199572847
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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John Phillips is Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University. An authority on Sade, his books include Sade: The Libertine Novels, The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction, and How to Read Sade.
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Anyway,you have Juliette who is everything that a young lady isn't supposed to be, yet she is successful and happy. She's committed [and assisted committing] murder, raped children and adults, knowingly committed incest, had abortions, and she's robbed a few people too. She's an admitted liar, and she'll choose self-preservation over her own children when she feels it necessary. Also, she makes a mockery of religion and sexual prudence. These are the no no's of most Western societies; especially when women are involved. Women are supposed to be delicate and demur flowers, but de Sade points out that it's usually the women who uphold these social mores that end up in really f------ situations. As seen in the novel Justine.
By all accounts, Justine is the sister that is doing everything right. Even when she is destitute, she still holds onto her faith and hope that Providence will deliver her from her situation. When she is offered a way out through becoming a mistress, a prostitute, and a robber, she holds onto her beliefs and says no. She is asked to perform sodomus acts, and while she is tempted, she still says no. As the reader, you're rooting for this character even when you know it's not going to end well.
I have seen some people write reviews that state that what they feel de Sade is trying to do is say Evil triumphs over Good, and that being bad is the right thing to do. I didn't get that from the novel at all. I think de Sade is showing that even when a person (particularly a woman) truly conforms to societal norms and beliefs, that person can still lead a screwed up existence. Justine isn't wrong by being virtuous, kind, optimistic, and religious. However, she is wrong in her constant belief that all people are ultimately kind and good. And,for those who aren't, one can appeal to those persons' humanity so that they'll show others mercy and kindness.