The reasons that Don Fabrizio does not accept Chevalley’s proposal
is because he feels he is inexperienced, old, and lacks illusion. He mentions
he is an inexperienced legislator, lacking faculty
of self-deception. He says he is no fit to guide others. “I cannot lift a
finger in politics. It would get bitten off.”
The effect that Sicily being
invaded by foreigners have on Sicilians is that the Prince mentions they are
“worn out and exhausted” after 25 centuries.
The idea of Sicilians being sleepwalkers, tired, and dominated by a sense of
oblivion can be seen when the statues juxtapose the women and men sitting on
the chairs at the church upon their arrival with the women and men not moving
as if they are statues and their skin complexion looks almost grey. Also, when
the Prince says to Chevalley to sleep a long sleep because “that is what
Sicilians want” and “they will always hate whoever tries to wake them.” The
Prince also mentions they have a desire for Oblivion because they never want to
improve and they are too vain to do so.
The landscape is represented by harsh climate (thunder, rain, extreme wind,
barren land.) With an overall tension in the atmosphere. The violence of the
landscape reflected in Italian culture is seen with how Italians are always portrayed
as stressed out.
The ties that are apparent between
sensuality and death is when Prince says, “our sensuality is our desire for
oblivion.” The attraction the viewer can clearly see the Prince has for
Angelica. When he first sees her when he invites the Mayor over for dinner.
Especially at the ballroom scene, right after the Prince is staring at a
picture of a person dying on a bed, when
Angelica asks the Prince to dance the waltz with her. The body language that is
seen between the Prince and Angelica create sexual tension between both
characters. He goes from questioning his death and saying he is not afraid of
death to dancing with Angelica making him feel young.
A desire for death is present on
the island because nothing ever goes their way,
since they are constantly being invaded they have feelings of hopelessness.
Sicilians want to throw themselves into a past precisely because it is dead
since they probably just want the new age to come and are exhausted of being
invaded by foreigners all the time that they just want things to happen and not
have to go through it. They feel they would rather be dead than see the new
I think the Prince is without
illusions due to a midlife crisis. He lacks motivation, is stubborn and is full
of melancholy since he can see the changes and the old age dying.
The new government needs
new blood to give things a new start in politics because Tancredi shows
progression because he takes new opportunities to advance the new “Kingdom”,
Italy, forward and himself. New blood means new ideas and more illusions.