Love in Literature Analytical Essay by Litfreak

Love in Literature
An analysis of the concept of love and the various ways in which it is utilized in "Flaubert's Parrot" by Julian Barnes, "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguroand "Enduring Love" by Ian McEwan.
# 51574 | 3,001 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | CA
Published on Jun 02, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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The paper looks at how "love" as a concept has been examined in many different forms as the novel itself has progressed over time. It examines how early English literature commonly portrayed the then stereotypical notion of the idealized or "courtly" lover and how more recent novels have expanded - and effectively recreated - the definition of love. In particular, it explores how this is evident in "Flaubert's Parrot" by Julian Barnes, "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguroand "Enduring Love" by Ian McEwan.

From the Paper:

"The Remains of the Day is very much a tragic love story aggravated by the protagonist's continual repression of romantic sentiments. Blinded by unwavering devotion to his position as head butler of Darlington Hall, Stevens conceals his love for Miss Kenton despite an obvious attraction to her. As Shaffer asserts, "the butler clearly represses his sexual attraction to Miss Kenton, a woman with whom he works "at close quarters" during her maiden years" [(47) Shaffer 68-69]. When Stevens receives Miss Kenton's letter at the beginning of the novel and considers undertaking an excursion to meet her, he states, "I had become blind to the obvious" (5). Although Stevens is referring to the "faulty staff plan" (5) at Darlington Hall, these words allude to much more; although he covers his journey in the guise of a business trip, it soon becomes apparent that the main motivating factor is his love for Miss Kenton."

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