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Bogdan Creţu, Râsul alienat

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The alienated lynx

In all medieval bestiaries, the lynx is a ferocious beast, very brave and very selfish, as it burries its urine, which produces a very precious stone. It also has a very sharp look. In Cantemir’s novel, The Hieroglyphic History, this character is a mean one, as it is one of the Unicorn’s enemies. So, his fierceness is replaced by lack of personality and his courage by an coward art of avoiding the direct confrontation. In this way, a symbol of corage becomes a symbol of cowardness.

Keywords: bestiary, lynx, Dimitrie Cantemir, negative symbol

Bibliografie
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