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Promessi Sposi: summary, analysis and topics

Commento ai Promessi Sposi

(Ed: Sellerio publisher Palermo)


The love between Renzo and Lucia, the historical events, Don Abbondio and Gertrude, the plague, famine, religion, are some of the fundamental elements that make up the novel of Alessandro Manzoni's Promessi Sposi. The interest in history and the need for an art form that would allow it to reach a more popular audience, suggest to Manzoni to compose a historical novel, which intertwines real events with imaginary but likely events. The author chooses for the setting the seventeenth century, a period of decline of Italy subject to the Spaniards and economically very impoverished.

Manzoni pretends to have found an anonymous manuscript that narrates a story expressed in an incorrect and heavy style; and to have decided to rewrite it. The fiction serves Manzoni to give a patina of historicity also to imaginary events; to express judgments in an objective way; to provide an example of the language he offers to Italy.

The poet composed a first draft entitled Fermo e Lucia, which later became The Promised Spouses, finally I Promessi Sposi. These differences are evident between the first two editions and the final one:

THEOLOGICAL: Don Rodrigo dies desperate, and is destined for Hell. Ultimately, the judgment on the lord's otherworldly fate is suspended, which therefore could also be saved.
LITERARY: The first editorial offices contained too vast digressions, and some episodes of too romantic taste (death of Don Rodrigo on a mad horse …). The definitive is based on a lucid balance of episodes and situations.
LINGUISTICS: The question of language. Manzoni observes that Italy, despite having a very elegant literary language, lacked a truly spoken language similar to French. To provide the nation with linguistic unity, he took "the Florentine of the educated people" as a model.


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  • First of all it is necessary to contextualize the work, that is the historical period in which it was written, with a short biographical note from the author.
  • We then move on to the summary of the novel, highlighting the salient data, the particular events of the plot.
  • Next we need to analyze the themes that characterize the Betrothed : love, faith, the constant struggle between good and evil, justice are some of the cornerstones characterizing the novel and must be underlined with a brief explanation. It is good not to neglect the setting and the time of the narration: the places where it takes place and the time in which the story takes place and how long it takes place.
  • We then move on to the analysis of the characters : we start with the two protagonists, and then continue with the other characters that appear in the story: we must make a physical and psychological description of everyone; it will be necessary to specify their role within the story, and in what relationships it is with the other characters.
  • Finally, it will be important to underline the author's message : despite the obstacles and the vicissitudes, Renzo and Lucia will marry thanks to the divine will. Divinity plays a fundamental role and is an important reading key: the two young people are destined to be together, Lucia's faith will save her from many dangers and in the end, even if everything seems to row against, the superior good will triumph.

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