Volume 12, 2014/Issue 1-2

Bence, Erika
The Collapse of Education And Discipline

The novel Aranysárkány (The Golden Kite) by Dezső Kosztolányi serves as the scene to an existential catastrophe brought about by a set of habits, wishes and symbols of a small-town environment: there unfolds a story of the personal, family and professional failure and tragedy of dr. Antal Novák, high-school teacher and thunderstorm-monitor. The study aims to reveal the possible causal relations of this process of collapse, to outline the motivational set, as well as to interpret the motifs; at the same time, it presents the novel as a specific educational and developmental one, portraying the main character Antal Novák as a teacher/educator.

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