The happy moment in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's novel-fragment Andreas
Graves, Oliver Finley
Master of Arts
The purpose of this analysis of the "happy moment" in Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s novel-fragment Andreas is to investigate the nature of the experience of the "moment" and to determine its relation to the novel as a whole. It is attempted to show that, for the duration of the "moment," Andreas is at one with the universe, a oneness characterized by an absolute .of time and by the perception of a level of existence at which the elements of nature share a common life. It is furthermore attempted to demonstrate that this experience is an early manifestation of the ideal state toward which Hofmannsthal would guide Andreas and that this ideal was to be achieved through love, the earliest stage of which precipitates the "happy moment."