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While it can be argued that the real precedent for Zenebisha's immurement in Andric's classical narrative is the impalement of the saboteur of the Visegrad bridge, Radisav of Uniste (32-46), the fact that Kadare's narrator goes to great lengths to frame his story as a traditional foundation sacrifice narrative suggests the applicability of Girard's scapegoat mechanism to this text.
The remainder of this article explores more deeply the specific myth that underwrites Kadare's allegories of state power: immurement.
Archeological scholarship has demonstrated that the walled-up wife story is historically attested and that human immurement was widely practiced in antiquity.
The scene's focus on her anchoritic immurement, physical defilement, and enforced asceticism--penance directed, as Abraham emphasizes, "iuxta meum velle" (entirely according to my will) (75)--casts a shadow over Abraham's and Effrem's closing celebration of their literal containment of sin.
Surely Hrotsvit encourages her viewers to compare reductive with productive uses of incest--to see the stark contrast between Mary's immurement and the walls of Gandersheim, a vibrant civitas dei, with a healthy theo-political body, produced by the Ottonian court's successful recalibration of the politics of dynastic alliance as endogamous spiritual alliance.
As the first chapter of the book makes evident, crime is involved in the construction of the new bridge over the Ujana e Keqe (Wicked Waters) River, and there is more to the immurement than meets the eye.
Cecile falls ill, but she has a vision of boxed-in immurement that cheers her: all the outside world, even the "merciless forest .
In actual history a figure like Chabanel shows us how an agent's immurement in an oath can maintain him in time's river, and enable him to influence it.
One might also say that Morris's poetry resolved an opposite anxiety--of lack of influence, of temporal immurement and dissociation from his forebears and the deepest sources of forgotten human experience.
172), emblemizes her transition from the cloister-like immurement of the moated grange to matrimony.
The boy's spirit is never fully broken by his immurement in a suhterra nean room, where he somehow manages to defend his psychic core from continual violation.
graves, immurements of all kinds form a recurrent motif, as do the