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Miss Julie

August Strindberg

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full title ·  Miss Julie

author · August Strindberg

type of work · Drama

genre · Naturalistic tragedy

language · Swedish

time and place written · France, late 1880s

date of first publication · 1888; initially banned in Sweden; published in Copenhagen in 1889

publisher · Seligmanns forlag (Stockholm)

narrator · None

climax · Julie and Jean have sex

protagonists · Julie, Jean

antagonist · Julie, Jean

setting (time) · Midsummer Eve, 1880s

setting (place) · Sweden, the Count's manor house

falling action · The unmasking of Jean and fall of Julie

tense · Present

foreshadowing · Miss Julie is described as white as a "ghost," yearns for death, and hypnotically surrenders to Jean; Serena is decapitated; Jean sharpens his razor

tone · Tragic

themes · The degenerate woman; class and gender conflict

motifs · Idealization and degradation; hypnotism; animal doubles; the pantomime and ballet

symbols · The signs of the Count's authority: the ringing bell, the boots, Jean's livery, the speaking tube

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Miss Julie's Sadomasochistic Character

by Ananya97th, June 17, 2013

Miss Julie's sadomasochism was actually the result of her upbringing. Her mother was a sadistic woman who enjoyed power and causing ill to men whereas her father was masochistic because by marrying the countess, he desired his own downfall. Miss Julie grew up witnessing her mother's antics as well as her father's and inherited their particular characteristics to become a sadomasochistic woman.

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