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This paper pursues two objectives. Its first aim is to investigate the dynamic of desire in André Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name. Deploying theories of emotions, it seeks to examine various treatments of desire in the novel. As shown in the development of the relationship between Elio and Oliver, their desires are contained, expanded, and compartmentalized throughout the course of the novel. The second objective is to explicate how Aciman’s treatment of desire can eventually create an affecting reading experience for his readers.
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