• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. How is the character Carlo portrayed by Louis de Bernières in Captain Corelli's Mandolin?

    "In the army there would be those he could love, albeit never touch." Love would be deemed unfulfilling, because Carlo had no wish to publicise his feelings, love could not be returned. In joining the army Carlo did so na�vely.

  2. Sacrifice and Love in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

    Father Arsenios has transformed from a man of "venial[ity], a glutton, a would-be lecher, a relentless seeker of alms and offerings, an anthropomorphized promissory note" to a saint.

  1. The two novels I am going to compare are 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis ...

    a different way to Stephen and Isabelle, who are literally physical and passionate with each other. Another reason why their relationship is secret is because Pelagia is already betrothed to Mandras, who is away fighting for Greece. Their love is idealistic and mainly infatuation portrayed through the structure as a

  2. How much do you agree that the plot of Captain Correlis Mandolin relates to ...

    One postmodernist aspect of the book's structure, is de Bernieres' determination to make the plot cover four generations. This requires the reunion of Corelli and Pelegia to take place in 1993, fifty years after the massacre. Critic Haig Utidjian says: 'It is frustrating for the reader to know that Corelli

  1. Captain Corelli coursework - Pelagia and Mandras

    to die in those cold mountains all alone without me to be there with him.

  2. Discuss the depiction of war in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

    "I'm going to go and lie down, it must be past siesta-time."), and, as an element of humour, he cannot stand cats. Metaxas is shown having ordinary domestic problems with her daughter Lulu and in no way being a "God-like" figure that totalitarian leaders usually try to portray in front of their people.

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

    actually ask him because I know that he thinks I am just a fool... an idiot that likes to play boyish games, which I suppose to some extent is true. One minute, I may be up in an olive tree being Tarzan, and the next minute I may be pretending

  2. Corelli claims that a man can be described as a "sheep" or a "lion". ...

    that there is a superior race; just because a society or army have strength does not make them superior. Gunter believes that the Nazi's have the right to do anything that they wish. Gunter is ordered to kill some Italian Traitors, he protests to doing this because he feels that

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work