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In the story Beatrice the author attaches a somewhat weird, yet strangely logical outlook on love. The story can be received a variety of different ways. Is it meant to be a figurative story in which the author has projected emotions of the characters onto normally inanimate objects? Or is it meant to be taken literally, like a comic book, or a a fairy tale? These are things that we can only debate from the context clues and development of the characters.

However, I believe that there is not a lot of character development happening in this story. We meet Franz right away, but do not really watch him grow or change as the story progresses. Then we meet Anna, who is thrown into the situation yet never seems to develop a personality of her own either. The characters that most effectively develop personalities are the inanimate objects which they fall in love with; Beatrice, the airship, and Hercules, the steam engine. The content of the story raises many questions. Why are people falling in love with machinery? Why are the machined named Beatrice and Hercules? Who are Franz and Anna in a deeper sense of this idea?

As readers, we travel through a period of time in which it is presented as normal or acceptable for the actions in the story to be taking place. I found it easiest though, to not take the story too seriously. While reading of a physician, a person who one would assume to be perfectly logical, falling in love with a machine after thirty years of being disinterested in all his prospects. I am not quite sure if I am in deep enough to understand the higher meaning of this interesting story, but I do understand the fundamental ideas behind the literary strategies the author chose to use to give the story it’s own personality. For me this personality comes only by replacing the feelings that Franz has for Beatrice, with Beatrice, the figment of an actual human being who he can love for real. It is obvious that these feelings could represent feelings felt for another person, and that they are being projected onto these ¬†inanimate objects in order to make a point from a distance. This is an interesting approach to an idea that has been played out many times before, however, not in such a vulgar and disoriented sense.

Man meets woman, woman doesn’t want to be with man because she feels controlled and trapped, so woman leaves the man while he stands behind wishing he had done better the first time. The story line presents an honest feeling that could have been represented in other more realistic ways, however, this presentation experiments with all sorts of fantastic elements that add individuality to the story in a way that makes you question the meaning, and message.

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