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Dr Iannis tells his daughter, " Technically the captain is an enemy," Explore de bernieres presentation of war- time relationships between Pelagia and Corelli in the light of this statement.

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Dr Iannis tells his daughter, " Technically the captain is an enemy," Explore de bernieres presentation of war- time relationships between Pelagia and Corelli in the light of this statement. " Technically the captain is an enemy," is a statement, which can be interpreted in different ways. To refer to the captain as an enemy of Pelagia is impractical, moreover not valid. This examination will argue against, " the captain being an enemy." In order to apprehend why Dr Iannis refers to the captain as an enemy, historical context has to be taken into account. However to establish that the captain is not a direct enemy of Pelagia in a more wider sense, the relationship between the two have to be considered. War is a factor that affects the romance between Pelagia and Corelli. Pelagia and Corelli in theory have what is called a war- time relationship, which is influenced by many different factors, taking into consideration that each is from a different, opposing country. In order to denounce Corelli as the enemy of Pelagia, their relationship must be examined in order to articulate how and why asserting the captain as the enemy is unrealistic. In order for a 21st century reader to apprehend war- time relationships, historical context has to be considered. During the Second World War, it was common for relationships to have to undergo extreme pressure. ...read more.


However, it is evident from the novel that the relationship of Pelagia and Corelli runs deeper. In this way Corelli is not the enemy. Interaction between Pelagia and Corelli must be examined in order to verify that Corelli's intentions are not those of an enemy, but of someone who's heart and attention is devoted entirely to another. Chapter 23 marks initial interaction between the captain and Pelagia. It is palpable from the very commence of the Italian invasion that Corelli is not the enemy. This can be inferred from what the villagers imagine about the, " enemy," early on in the chapter. " Fathers who expected to be beaten to death stroked the hair of pretty daughters who expected to be raped." This can be ironically contrasted to the first encounter of Captain Corelli and Pelagia. As Corelli sees Pelagia, his first remark is, " Bella Bambina at nine o' clock." Comical effect is added by de bernieres to indicate to the audience that Corelli is not a foe. " Don't laugh, it is our duty to hate them," the last line of the chapter obscurely emphasises the evident humanity of, " the enemy." Pelagia's resentment to Corelli is evident initially. To be true to her country, Pelagia is purposely hostile towards Corelli, as he is the invading source and it is her duty to hate the Italians. ...read more.


Pelagia blames Corelli for his, " lack of will," Corelli desires Pelagia to tell him that she is, " waiting for a new world where a Greek may love an Italian." An example of Corelli's nationality inhibiting the relationship can be portrayed via, " it offends Pelagia to be moved by an invader, and an occupier." Corelli's music is offends Pelagia; as it is against her will to be stirred by the beautiful music of an enemy. In conclusion it can be asserted that by nationality the Captain is an enemy. In all wartime situations, the invading force will always be regarded as the enemy. In this particular situation the captain is an enemy towards Pelagia solely, because he is an Italian who is part of the invading force on the Greek islands of Cephallonia. However, it is only in this sense that the captain is a foe. Pelagia and Corelli's plans to get married and the very basis of their relationship acts as an indicate that Corelli is not the enemy. This can be marked by the romance between the captain and Pelagia. From this it can be inferred that Dr Iannis was right when stating that the captain is a, " technical enemy." The word, " technical" is the driving force to this thesis as Technical has the definition of supposed or maybe. In this sense the captain can be regarded as an enemy only in the sense that he is an Italian. ...read more.

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