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Eamon Coyne December 10 2000 TOP English 101 Section 083 The theme of redemption within The Conformist is prevalent throughout the story because Marcello is searching for normality Normality is directly connected to Marcellos redemption in that he can only find redemption through normality and conformity Redemption is the single most important thing in his life He believes that the only reason he conforms is because of his inhibitions as a child and the confirmation of his feeling of indifference when he killed Lino Marcello felt indifferent because he never wanted to know whether or not he killed Lino until he was much older Redemption means that the feelings and ideas he had as a child were wiped clean from his slate and he never thought of any evil thoughts in his life Marcello believes redemption will bring him to normality and the only way he can find normality is through redemption He finds himself at an older age with the feelings of confusion and abnormality At the university he recalled he had suddenly discovered with a kind of joy the there were at least a thousand young men of his own age that dressed spoke thought and behaved as he did 71 Marcello feels that if he can mold himself to be what everyone else in the community is he will b e normal and live a socially normal life which in turn will make him happy Marcello believes that with an outward appearance as an average Joe he will then no longer have feelings of indifference and social rejection Marcello thinks every person analyzes every thing he does and if he can create an appearance as a normal person he will no longer be under the social microscope Therefore Marcello thinks through normality he can find redemption and normality is found by social conformity and similarity Moravia presents the concept of redemption in a way that makes redemption and normality
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