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A comparative study of the perception triangular relationships

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A comparative study of the perception triangular relationships Both Boris Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'Love in the Time of Cholera' feature a strong political theme. Interestingly, this has affected the relationships of all the characters throughout both of these novels. However an even more important issue develops throughout the novels and that is the feelings and experiences of love. This love operates in triangles in both novels. In Doctor Zhivago Dr Zhivago himself features at the top of the triangle with his wife Tonya and lover Lara. Similarly In Love in the Time of Cholera Fermina features at the top of the triangle and her husband Dr Juvenal Urbino and Florentino. The first relationship that is presented in Love in the time of Cholera is the marriage between Dr Juvenal Urbino and Fermina. The relationship is first presented when they are both in over 50 years of their marriage and there is still love as before Urbino dies he exclaims that that 'only God knows how much I love' as his final words to his wife. ...read more.


This is because two of the lovers in the triangles are longing for each other. As I have already discussed, there seems to be relationship triangle because of the separation of the characters in each of the two novels. In Love in the Time of Cholera Florentino is so love sick for Fermina that he starts 'using' other woman. He started sleeping with 'innumerable women' even though he is convinced that he is 'saving himself' for Fermina. Florentino is sleeping with others but is obsessively, and in some cases verging on the borderline of criminal activity, with his obsessive watching and following of Fermina, as he is in love with Fermina. This can therefore suggest that he is using sex as a weapon and antidote against Fermina. Sex has become a drug in the eyes of Florentino to protect himself from the love that he has for Fermina. He uses sex as an addict would use a narcotic. There seems to be a parallel here with the noel Doctor Zhivago. In this novel when Tonya and Zhivago are separated from each other Zhivago meets Lara. ...read more.


The drunkenness has also caused him to break the law by watching her house and follow her and 'serenading her with his violin,' in effects to lure her. Zhivago could be seen as 'drunk with passion' as he dedicates much time of his life trying to find his family and more specifically Tonya. This may be seen as quite a normal thing to do. However one must remember that there is a war going on and that adds a significant amount of danger to the task at hand. This is a dangerous thing to do but as we have seen with the lengths that Florentino goes to, this is what happens when you are drunk with love. Both novels feature the suffering for love that the characters in their love triangles try to look for. Therefore we can perceive triangular relationships as a fight to try and get the person that we want but still over coming the temptations that we and the characters may have. Word count: 1,116 Louis Redman 08/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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