Love In Yann Martel's The Scarlet Pimpernel

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What is love? Is it merely attraction felt between two persons based upon attributes they deem befitting for themselves? Love can be placed into four distinct ideas represented by the Greek words storge, phileo, eros, and agape. These four words are best understood, in modern English, as: loving affection amongst the family, love between friends and associates, love between a man and a woman as in marriage, and the unending love of God, respectively. In The Scarlet Pimpernel, the love shown initially by Marguerite for the Scarlet Pimpernel was that which would give way to revealing her fantastically erotic love for her husband only when she discovered that these men were one in the same. The first real insight to the relationship between Sir Percy and Lady Blakeney it is rather obvious that it is not exactly a fairytale romance, but one that is obviously strained because of recent misfortunate events. There are no observable signs of any love between the couple, but rather to the contrary one is led to believe that they hold disdain for each other. Looking deeper, this is all because of a certain instance in which Marguerite unwittingly betrayed the Marquis de St. Cyr to the hands of the government which led to his dreadful sentence to the guillotine. This had, as any fault does, a…show more content…
Although she was oblivious to his identity, Marguerite fell almost wholly for the heroics of the man who rescued so many from the far merciless clutches of the guillotine. This is shown most clearly when one notes that it is all she can do to remain sane when given the choice by Chauvelin to protect either the life of her brother Armand St. Just or the identity of the all intriguing Pimpernel. Throughout the book he is never far from her thoughts whilst her husband holds only the love broken by her pride and dampened by lack of his

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