The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by

Milan Kundera

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Franz’s Girlfriend Character Analysis

One of Franz’s young students and the woman he falls in love with after both Sabina and Marie-Claude leave him. Franz’s girlfriend sits at the back of Franz’s funeral as Marie-Claude plays the role of the grief-stricken wife, even though everyone knows that their marriage was over, and that Franz was living with another woman. This willful denial of truth is another example of kitsch in the novel.

Franz’s Girlfriend Quotes in The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The The Unbearable Lightness of Being quotes below are all either spoken by Franz’s Girlfriend or refer to Franz’s Girlfriend. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of The Unbearable Lightness of Being published in 2009.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

Putting it negatively, the myth of eternal return states that a life which disappears once and for all, which does not return, is like a shadow, without weight, dead in advance, and whether it was horrible, beautiful, or sublime, its horror, sublimity, and beauty mean nothing.

Related Characters: Franz, Franz’s Girlfriend
Page Number: 3
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Franz’s Girlfriend Character Timeline in The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The timeline below shows where the character Franz’s Girlfriend appears in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 9
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...forwarding address. Franz soon finds a small flat and falls in love with his new girlfriend, one of his students. He is as happy as he can be without Sabina, but... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 11
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...Sabina, and she simply disappears from his life. Sometimes when Franz is alone with his girlfriend, he thinks about Sabina, but he never talks to her about Sabina. Franz’s girlfriend doesn’t... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 14
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Not wanting to leave his young girlfriend, Franz initially declines the offer to join the Grand March, but then he thinks about... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 27
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...talks at length about Franz’s loving wife while somewhere near the back stands Franz’s young girlfriend. (full context)