Analysis of Calvino’s “Marco Valdo, or Seasons in the City”

The short stories included in Italo Calvino’s “Marcovaldo, or the Seasons in the City” (1963) are set at the time
of the so-called Italian economic boom (1955-1963 ca.).
The protagonist, a blue collar worker embedded in a society marked by mass-production and widespread
consumerism, is constantly in search of a ‘lost paradise’ of nature, which appears to be a nostalgic mirage born
of industrial progress. In other words, the nature that Marcovaldo imagines never existed.
Assuming that “Marcovaldo” is not simply a book for children, but that it can be read and interpreted at a
deeper level, two questions can be asked:
How does Marcovaldo’s experience relate to that of Italian people of the time?
Is the message that the book conveys still valid nowadays?
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goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is valid based on the evidence
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