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Beauvais, Clémentine: "“A Nightmare Land, A Place of Death”. An Exploration of the Moon as a Motif in Hergé’s Destination Moon (1953) and Explorers on the Moon (1954)." In: Children’s Literature in Education 41 (2010), S. 251–259. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10583-010-9110-3
BibTeX citation key: Beauvais2010
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Tintin", Belgien, Hergé, Remi. Georges, Tod
Creators: Beauvais
Collection: Children’s Literature in Education
Abstract
This article analyses the symbolic meaning of the Moon in two bande dessinée books from the Tintin series, Hergé’s Destination Moon (Objectif Lune, 1953) and its sequel Explorers on the Moon (On a Marché sur la Lune, 1954). It argues that these two volumes stand out in the series for their graphic, narrative and philosophical emphasis on both intellectual achievement and physical death. The Moon, as a goal of modern science and a traditional artistic symbol, is made to celebrate the human mind. But Hergé also makes it a dangerous no man’s land, where human beings are made to understand the limitations of their physical abilities. The Moon emphasises the distortion between human dreams of grandeur and the concrete impossibility of their realisation, and the threats they pose to corporeality. As a result, the article suggests that the Moon trip can be seen as a modern re-enactment of the mythological journey to Hell, as the works of the human mind are constantly thwarted by the risk of physical death.
  
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