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Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Diary entries by Pelagia and Mandras.

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English Literature: Captain Corelli's Mandolin Diary entries by Pelagia and Mandras 1. Pelagia It is times like this that I feel most free. I am so glad that I can share my thoughts and open my heart to you like I do to you. You are the only one that will actually listen to me rather than just hear me, which is why I can speak about my real feelings for Mandras. I really love him, I do. But I still don't feel we're communicating like we should do. It's just like the usual man and woman relationship, and that isn't what I want. Papakis says that there shouldn't be any discussions about things like war and Mussolini but I always wonder why not. Do all women end up as domestic slaves without ever being able to express their opinions about the world? Whenever I try to talk to Mandras about war, he's either up an olive tree pretending to be Tarzan, or he just laughs and kisses me and tells me how much he loves me. ...read more.

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This is why I want a war... so that I can prove to Pelagia that I am a man... by becoming a soldier. And one day, I will do this. If there is a war, I will make sure that I return safely to Pelagia and prove to her that I am not just a twelve-year-old boy, but a man. 2. Pelagia Mandras has been gone for nearly 3 months now. Cephallonia seems dead without all the young men on the island have gone to war and the tempest continues. It is now just a dismal place...like my heart. I cannot breathe while Mandras is gone. The absence of him in my life makes every second more painful to bear and my nightmares of him are killing me. The dreams I have at night of the things that could have happened to him makes my brains burn. I have written to him almost a hundred times now but he still hasn't written back. He must have not got my letters or he must have replied but his letters haven't got to me due to the war. ...read more.

Conclusion

When I first saw her, she did not even recognise me. Not my voice, not my body, not even me. This is what a horrible man I have become... a monster without even a heart that my Pelagia used to love. Our connection has gone. Her first words still painfully echo in my head. "My father's out. He should be back tomorrow". The thought of our separation hurts me more than all the pains of my wounds on my body. Psipsina was the first to realise who I was. Pelagia just saw me as a wild stranger... wounded and corrupted. I have become a product of war... a desolate ghost. To her, I am a dead man, and there is nothing I can do about it. Pelagia seemed happy without me... and I will never have her again. My dream of Pelagia was better than Pelagia herself. Or maybe it is me... maybe I have changed and Pelagia is living her usual life without me. Maybe I have no one to blame but myself. But I know that I will have to live the rest of my life without her... I will never be warm again. 1 Teppei Kubo 304 Hn ...read more.

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