“At my age, you live in your mind”: Reviewing the Past in Bruno´s Dream by Iris Murdoch

  • Mari´´angel Soláns García UNED
Keywords: Ageing Studies, finitude, life review, Iris Murdoch, love


This paper analyses the way in which the ageing Bruno, the central character of Iris Murdoch´s Bruno´s Dream (1969), approaches his death and confronts the meaning of finitude. His last stage of life is understood as a time of reminiscence that brings up past conflicts. This study offers an opportunity to explore the moral and psychological aspects of guilt, regret and forgiveness, which trigger the process that Robert N. Butler called “life review.” It also aims to examine Murdoch’s philosophical concepts about love and her idea of unself.


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