analysis of the story cancan by arturo

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Analysis of the story “Can-Can’’ by Arturo Vivante.
The story under the title “Can-Can” was written by Arturo Vivante. He was born in Rome and got a medical education but left his medical practice in the mid – 1950 when his short stories began to be published. Though Vivante writes in English and has lived in America for much of the last 35 years, his Italian heritage has an undeniable presence in his fiction. His short stories often are read like reflections or memories of a distant and foreign past that a reader cannot help but link to the life of the transplanted author himself.
The story “Can-Can”
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As for the other woman, Sarah, she is also married. She is described as a selfish woman that envies the wife of the protagonist as she says: “Oh, for a moment I was afraid you were thinking of your wife”. In conclusion, jealousy to the husband is the only correlation between these two women, in all remaining they are completely opposite.
One of the most important moment that should be discussed is of course the role of the title of this story. First of all I was interested why the author had chosen the very dance for influence on the husband. For this purpose I had addressed to the history of this dance. Can-Can is is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. The main features of the dance are the lifting up and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. The cancan first appeared in Paris. Firstly, can-can was a scandal dance but nowadays this dance is a symbol of feminity, passion, bright fellings. So we can say, that the title plays here a symbolizing role.
Also it is very important the role of the author in this story. During the whole story I can’t get rid of the feeling that the author stands beside his characters. His presence is noticeable, it is not expressed directly, but it should be experienced. The author sympathises with the