The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino

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The Baron in the Trees: Reason Reforms Society In Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees, a boy rebels against his father by climbing up trees, where he spends the rest of his life on, without ever touching the ground again. The philosophical residue is the idea that reason advances the human knowledge, which is a powerful influence to individuals, making people seek for it through books and logic. Accordingly, it is necessary for the improvement of society that it should govern people with justice and reason, not through sovereign authorities. The narrator is the protagonist's brother, Biagio, who is telling the story from his perspective and from what he has heard from his brother. The protagonist, Cosimo, and Biagio are the sons of the Baron, the Duke of Ombrosa. Their mother, the Generalessa, is the daughter of a famous general. Their sister, Battista, likes cooking gruesome food with varieties of animals inside and feeding it to the family. Therefore, to protest, Cosimo and Biagio releases the snails that Battista was planning to use. Their father punishes them and locks them up for 3 days. After they are let out, Battista prepares them a meal with snail, which the father threatens them to eat. Cosimo refuses and climbs up a tree, where he proclaims that he will ”never come down again” (13). As the family ignores Cosimo, believing that he will eventually come back down, Cosimo climbs into his neighbor's villa and befriends the daughter, Viola. Later, Cosimo makes

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