Vol. 20 (2017)

«Homo homini lupus»

Antonio Gargano
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Publicado 2018-05-24

Palabras clave

  • origins of the modern novel,
  • Lazarillo de Tormes,
  • chapter of the blind beggar,
  • traditional ethical order,
  • «seditious predisposition».
  • Lazarillo de Tormes,
  • picaresca,
  • etica


In the origins of the modern european and Western novel, it is difficult
to mention a narrative text whose transgressive features are more radical than that of the anonymous Lazarillo de Tormes, in which the «seditious predisposition» (M. Vargas Llosa) appears from the first pages in the autobiographical story of the protagonist. in the first chapter of the novel, lazarillo learns to behave like a ‘wolf’ towards men, since they act as such, confirming an idea of virtue that will upset the traditional ethical order