Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

This paper discusses “Swann’s Way, the first of 7 volumes comprising the book Rememberance of Things Pasts, which begins Marcel Proust’s story of how a little boy becomes a writer.

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The sequence from Swann’s Way by Proust associates the name of a person and the name of a place with Marcel in a direct way. The person’s name is Gilberte, and the place is the Champs-Elysees and areas around Paris. Gilberte is Swann’s daughter. Her name floats by as Marcel, and hearing that name will lead Marcel into a love relationship. He is in the Champs-Elysees when he overhears a little girl calling out, Good-bye, Gilberte, I’m going home now; don’t forget we’re coming to you this evening, after dinner .The name itself has a power, and hearing it now creates links for Marcel with an earlier time in Combray when he heard the name, and he then knew that the little red-headed girl was Swann’s daughter. In the Champs-Elysees, Marcel is affected by hearing the name, by the mystery surrounding this girl, and by the idea of the girl herself, the idea …