‘Les Liaisons dangereuses, œuvre ambiguë (Dangerous Liaisons, an Ambiguous Text)”: The Validity of this Judgment of the Novel

Les Liaisons dangereuses reveals the complex and disturbing world of aristocratic society in pre-revolutionary France. The reader is left with unanswered questions at the end of the novel, whilst also pondering the meaning of its rapid and tragic climax. These questions arise partly from the ambiguities in the novel, namely regarding its moral stance, its … Read more‘Les Liaisons dangereuses, œuvre ambiguë (Dangerous Liaisons, an Ambiguous Text)”: The Validity of this Judgment of the Novel

Ambiguity in Dangerous Liaisons

Although the moral ambiguity (and subsequent confusion related to Laclos’ social instruction) is the overarching obscurity within the text, it is the subtleties of the language and stylistic features of Les liaisons dangereuses that ensure this epistolary novel must be read with the awareness of ambiguity that is normally reserved for difficult poetry. Laclos’ artistic … Read moreAmbiguity in Dangerous Liaisons