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Compare the role of the fathers in Captain Corelli's Mandolin and The Shell Seekers

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Compare the role of the fathers in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" and "The Shell Seekers". In "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Berni�res and the "The Shell Seekers" by Rosamunde Pilcher there is a strong reference to the importance of a father in a woman's life especially in difficult situations such as war. In these books the women's lives are powerfully influenced by their fathers. "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Berni�res is set during the Second World War in Cephallonia a small Greek island. It is the love story between Pelagia, the local doctor's daughter and Captain Antonio Corelli, an Italian officer. The "The Shell Seekers" by Rosamunde Pilcher is about Penelope Keeling, an artist's daughter's life experiences. She looks back on her life. A bohemian childhood in Cornwall, an unhappy wartime experience, a true love and a present family dilemma are the main features of the book. The views on the fathers are affected by the structure of the books. "The Shell Seekers" is in retrospective, the story is focused on Penelope. Lawrence Stern is described in the way that she remembers him to be, she is old and nostalgic therefore she only centres on the good things about her father (as it is the overall view she has got of him). On the other hand Berni�res tells the story as it happens. ...read more.

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It's all I've got left of the old days, and being a child, and Cornwall and Porthkerris." (Page 225) It has a great effect in her life. It offers her a lot of comfort and support. It is mentioned throughout the book and whenever it comes up we also learn about the effect of Lawrence Stern in her life. She does not have the same talent as her father in art but she is taught to appreciate everything around her in the same way as an artist does. In "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" the father's job also has an influence on Pelagia's life. She also wants to be a doctor and her father encourages her to accomplish her dream. When he is healing Captain Corelli he gives her confidence to help him. They both have a very important role in the overall of the books. Dr. Iannis is very important in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" because he makes the love story between Antonio Corelli and Pelagia more challenging. When the reader tends to go to a dreamlike world where everything is perfect he makes the lovers notice the problems that they have. The fact that there is a war going on around them and that they are supposed to be enemies and that she is engaged makes their love story more interesting to the reader. In this case the father is the character that introduces the challenges and at the same time shows support to his daughter and provides her and the reader with some useful help and information. ...read more.

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I couldn't live without it"(Page 363) When Pelagia's "daughter" had a child, she started calling him Iannis. It says: ""...began to refer to it as Iannis. She referred to it so often with that name that it soon seemed obvious to the parents that it could not be Kyriakos or Vassos or Stratis or Dionisios. If you called it Iannis, it smiled and blew slimy bubbles that burst and trickled down its chin, and so Iannis it was." (Page 496) From this passage we see that even though he died long ago she keeps him in her mind all the time. That is why she refers to her grandson as Iannis even before that name was decided it seems natural to her that he is called Iannis. Even if his parents decided to call him something else to her it would have always been Iannis. It is a way of thanking her father for everything he had done for her; it is a way of bringing him back to life. I think both fathers have a very important role. They are important in the lives of the main characters, Pelagia and Penelope and affect their characters and their way of life even after their death. Although Lawrence Stern and Dr Iannis are very different characters, they both bring up their daughters in the same way and expect the same from them. They want their daughters to think for themselves, make their own decisions and chose what they want to do with their lives. ...read more.

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