LIEUTENANT GUSTL. “Lieutenant Gustl” from Plays and Stories, by Arthur Schnitzler Copyright by . Supposed to be a lieutenant in the reserve as well!. Lecture Notes: Schnitzler, Lieutenant Gustl. I. Background –Arthur Schnitzler ( ); a contemporary of Freud’s (6 years younger than Freud); lived in. Readers of Arthur Schnitzler’s novella Lieutenant Gustl may, upon first encountering the text, feel somewhat overwhelmed by a seemingly.

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Even if nobody heard it, he certainly said it. But God, what sort of men are they! To ask other readers questions about Lieutenant Gustlplease sign up. During the afternoon we used to lie down naked on the bed. Actually terrible, this dependency.

The first example of irony that I will discuss can be found in the opening scene of Lieutenant Gustlwhere Gustl is in attendance at an oratorio Schnitzler 7. Nov 14, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: If Steffi belonged only to schnitzlee, I would have her sell hats or something.

Schnitzler, Lieutenant Gustl

Being scared never helped anybody. I think I must have lost my senses. Why don’t I go after him and crack open his skull? Second, it is ironic that Gustl, who, as an officer, is supposed to be representing the excellence of the Kaiser and the majesty of the Austro—Hungarian Empire, has nothing else on his mind but sex. And here I’ve completely forgotten the girl in the box who was flirting with me before. Why’s that fellow staring at me all the time?

It’s still ringing leufnant my ears, and I can still feel in my fingers how I tried to move his hand from the hilt of my sword. I have now reviewed a number of scenes in Lieutenant Gustl that are richly ironic.

However, in time of need a person will do almost anything. When I think what Fliess’s affair with that Leytnant woman must cost him! Singolare introspezione di un graduato dell’esercito autro-ungarico dei primi del Novecento.


We only listen to what is going on in his mind. I must ask him-if he’s dead. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And if I were to ask myself. Schnitzler 9, 14seems unaware that a Jewish composer wrote the oratorio he is currently listening to. I wonder whether they’ll give it to. Opera always amuses me, even when it’s dull. Doschintzky’s told me that on one occasion a fellow who had never had a sword in his hand before almost killed him; and today Doschintzky is the fendng instructor of the militia.

But you can not focus on something for more than five minutes. Where is she now? But if an officer is insulted even in secret, he’s as good as dead. What do I mean; next week? The irony of this scene lies in the fact that the text portrays Gustl as being unable to actually carry out the decisions he makes.

Tot ist er — tot ist er! Well, it is, for him. I must ask him again. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler

Schnitzler’s text is leeutnant as a series of brushes with self-recognition that in each instance are dispelled and “repressed. Bored by the music, he fumbles for his watch. Ah, this coffee tastes good-it wasn’t a bad idea, this breakfast! He shouldn’t get off so easy as that! And even if he had a stroke tonight, I’d know it. The fellow next to me is clapping as if he were crazy. Certainly, if I ever told anybody they’d say I were lying.

Just recently I read in the paper about some Count Runge, who had to leave because of some nasty story, and now he owns a hotel over there and doesn’t give a hoot for the whole damn business.


Gustl moves via serendipitous association instead of via logic from one idea to another. The officers’ corps of the Austro-Hungarian army felt insulted by the novella about a year-old lieutenant stationed in Vienna.

Arthur Schnitzler

I wish I could remember exactly how I answered him- Oh, yes, something about “fools rushing in where angels fear to tread”. My long standing love affair with all things Austro-Hungarian helps, as does the fact that this is so short and therefore easily digestible. His works were often controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed “I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition — though actually as a result of sensitive introspection — everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons” [1] and for their strong stand against anti-Semitism, represented by works such as his play Professor Bernhardi and the novel Der Weg ins Freie.

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Well, why doesn’t he let go of my sword? This short novel recounts the moment-to-moment experiences of a swaggering Austrian military man going gutsl a few troubles. People think that we’re better off just because we carry swords, and if one of us ever makes use of a weapon, the story goes around that we’re all born murderers.

We as readers are located in that transition space between the conscious and the unconscious, like sxhnitzler the state of dream.