Milan Kundera’s The Joke: A Passionate Search for Love
The Joke is Milan Kundera’s first novel. It is set in a totalitarian society. A pro- communist party decides the future of the people. The anti-party activists are refined and refurbished to make themselves pro-party activists. Ludvik, the protagonist of the novel encounters some unprecedented fatal incidents in his youth. He jots down a joke, he imagined, on the post card and sends to her first lady love. This joke jeopardizes his life. The regular course of his life took twists and turns for years which results in a complete loss of meaningful life, especially youth part of his life. In this context, Ludvik encounters three women characters in his life. They act as symbol of love and redemption in his life. He rejoices in theirs company. But the women characters find their own path, finally, which makes Ludvik doubly suffered. His passionate search for love becomes unfulfilled satiation in his life. Ludvik could not realize his current state and becomes an object of pity and contempt due to a trifle joke, i.e. serious joke.
How to Cite