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Explore how love survives great obstacles in the novels 'Wuthering Heights ' and 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin.'

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Explore how love survives great obstacles in the novels 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin.' ''Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part...Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and fortunate accident.'' Quote from 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' made by Dr. Iannis In both novels 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' and 'Wuthering Heights' the theme is love unfolding between outsiders and developing to a more passionate bond. Both relationships between Pelagia and Captain Corelli, Heathcliff and Catherine are threatened with obstacles, which would lead to a separation, but Bronte and De Bernieres prove that true love can conquer all. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte conveys Catherine's and Heathcliff's love as undying, 'My love for Linton...eternal rocks...' The elemental reference to their relationship implies a good solid foundation to an everlasting love. Catherine's love for Linton is described as the 'foliage in the woods,' implying their love is temporary and will end, unlike the love she has for Heathcliff. ...read more.

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Edgar proves a 'deep-rooted fear of ruffling Catherine's humour,' which will remain forever, acting as an obstacle in itself for the marriage between the two to survive. It is unsurprising then that when Heathcliff returns their marriage slowly deteriorate, ' It ended.' A dispassionate ending to their relationship proving just how untrue their relationship was. Today it would not be unusual for couples who are not right for one another to separate - divorce. Yet in the time of when 'Wuthering Heights' was written it was disloyal for a woman to commit adultery against her husband, which is why Charlotte Bronte expresses her shock in the preface. The very thought of leaving a husband for another man would be a sin and be seen as an act of disloyalty against your family. Charlotte describes 'Wuthering Heights' as 'rude' and a 'strange production' proving how the novel is out of character socially and culturally for a nineteenth century writer. I believe she is even more appalled that the author is her own sister. Although Catherine does not leave Edgar for Heathcliff, her utter delight when he returns implies a longing for her being back with him, '"Oh Edgar, Edgar....Heathcliff's come back - he is !..' ...read more.

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Therefore she could not lose another love for it would be too painful. The fact that the captain did not act on his feelings makes the audience wonder whether his love for Pelagia was just a 'temporary madness'. It is unbelievable that all he did for 40 years was to just visit Pelagia, leaving a rose at the door of her house, just to see how she was. If he was Heathcliff there would be no chance that he would just sit back and watch the love of his life grow up without him. Heathcliff would seize the moment and made sure that Catherine did not slip through his fingers. It is ironic that the foreground theme to the novel is love while the backdrop is the horrific acts and plotting of war. This proves how De Bernier believes that even the greatest effect on a relationship should not get in the way of love. The ending of this novel is frustrating and disappointing yet has a moral, 'carpe diem,' seize the moment. These two novels show perfect examples of the two most powerful emotions, love and jealousy, both natural emotions, overcoming the greatest events on lives, death and war, despite their different era and location. Alex Webborn ...read more.

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