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The Real Motive of Abandonment Vladimir Nabokov short story That in Aleppo Once presents a man who brings forth himself victim on his own tragic romantic misfortune The protagonist a writer who currently resides in New York writes to an ambiguous yet close companion about his struggles with love regret and abandonment through strenuous times in Europe The story takes form of a letter written by a Russian migr in Central Park to his fellow countryman V relating the incidents of his emigration and inviting him to make a story out of it The letter illustrates the protagonists guilt of loving his wife who commits adultery and latter abandons him without notice but through the story it reveals details that show that the narrators actions are equally detrimental to the relationship that initially prompted the first stages of separation In the opening paragraphs of Nabokovs short story its clear that the protagonists true passion is his younger years in Russia where he was writing with his true friend V He reminisces the days when we wrote our first udder-warm bubbling verse but his devotion to writing is particularly evident in the preceding paragraph expressing his concern of betraying our national literature According to the writer it is apparent that betrayal or possibly abandonment from ones owns upbringing to their native language is truly a dire sin Indeed betrayal in any form is arguably regarded as one of the worst cases of crime which could be punishable by death as for the writer his wifes betrayal through his struggling relationship was strictly a fatal mistake The title of Nabokovs story That in Aleppo Once is taken from a quote from William Shakespeares epic tragedy Othello Othello the protagonist is presented as an excellent leader but a poor reasoner who commits suicide over a sour relationship between Desdemona Although Othello was known as an eponymous hero who had strength charisma and eloquence the protagonist writer had
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