THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NEW ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN VITA MILTARE BY E. DE AMICIS
The issue about the language among purists and innovators in the nineteen century interests Edmondo de Amicis who follows the Manzoni's teaching to get a new language, meeting point of the various regionalisms of time, and the new symbol of an Italian identity in progress. The unity of Italy, in fact, had allowed the approach of individual states different from each other, but now a new organization to approve the languages and the modus vivendi of the new Italian citizens is needed. Language teaching in the regimental schools becomes a tool for education and training of citizenship, since the soldiers appear to be the protagonists of this change, having fought for the unity, and the exponents of the new citizen class. De Amicis resumes Manzoni lesson, showing great admiration for the master writer; cites in his work also Manzoni's novel The Betrothed, confirming the importance of Providence for the humble class, which at the time represented perfectly the new Italians.