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The "disturbing fluidities" and "treacherousness" symbolize Oriental culture; it is the engineer who is capable of "taming" this "treacherous" nature.
(5.) Worse, reading Raoul's self-reflexiveness as the resonance of illness in the body prompts Burgan to interpret his character as a measure of Mansfield's hatred and prejudice: The story itself reveals her personal animus in two of its major features: the setup of the vulnerable young woman as a blameless victim of male carelessness, and the relentless homophobia--a displacement of her anger at the treacherousness of the straight male--loaded against Raoul Duquette.
Based on a radio play by African Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyenka, the opera deals with human rights, the abuse and misuse of power, treacherousness, commitment to a cause and persecuted innocence.
Its treacherousness requires enormous skill and concentration - the accountant working in the most stressful of climates, Marlow piloting the ship up an unknown river, the native monitoring the boiler - yet such concentration pays great dividends.
And so, more than the actual treacherousness of the idea that Madame Merle has "used" Isabel, the meaning of her "use" bears the intensity of a sexual command and Isabel's utility a sexual utility.
[G]iven the treacherousness of Hemingway's world, the consequences of structuring one's existence within the confines of a love relationship seem hardly less "healthy" than living by the rituals that other code heroes have chosen in order to structure their lives - the bullfight, the prizefight, the hunt.
It is the wonderful achievement of Martin Bauml Duberman to have recaptured the greatness of Paul Robeson and the ambiguity and treacherousness of his time, while guarding his own critical sense, avoiding many partisan and ideological traps.