The literature of Mircea Eliade(1907~1986) was method of trying to
express his personal views of the real world through fantasy literature.
Eliade wanted to use his fantasy literature not only to create a story but
maybe it was a hidden desire to go back to the primordial mythical time.
The story "Noaptea de Sânziene (Forbidden forest)" pertaining to the main
character, Ştefan, is depicting events that are infinite stretching across all
the planes of time. Meaning, not only during Ştefans time does his events
hold meaning but the metaphor and the idea are agelessly connected to
defining man and his life.
Eliade was a religious man but he found his deepest spirituality by using
writing as a out-source to channel his believes and methodology onto paper.
After he experienced many tragic events in his life time he developed an
obsession about escaping from the real world and diving deep into fantasy as
a different way to explain. For instance, the historical events which haunted
Eliade is his experience from World War II , "the fall of Europe" , and
victory of Bolshevism etc. He may have wanted to avoid confusing the
public with the period in 1930's.
The time which he escaped sacred time and mythological time represent
a maybe something Eliade found to he safe from the real was a world. It can
be received which as something timeless, something unstained by the true
civilization of sin, and now his fantasy represents something that would have
been if Abel had been the victorious of the two brothers.
The actual forest in this novel represents the darkness and lostness one
can feel from history, being that like time the forest is timeless and
unmovable. Also by releasing the concept of history and time, man can be
free of burden and worry. Unstained and undefined by events that are tragic
of painful, man will be making life inside of his time, without outside
influence. In short, the forest, which he met the Ileana, is a sacred place, an
eternal paradise and a salvation can take him to God. In this moment, Eliade
considers that time can have a meaning and that the past can explain a
deeper truth ; the time is divided between a historical and a mythological
time. Eliade tried to say that man dreams to seek a way to return to a
paradise-center of myth only found in the simple beginnings of man's
creation by using fantasy as his vehicle.