Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Themes Expressed Through Characters in Captain Corelli's Mandolin

The village of Fiskardo. It was untouched by the earthquake in 1953. The name is derived from the Norman adventurer, conqueror, murderer and poisoner, Robert Guiscard. (Known as "The Resourceful" and "The Fox", b.1015-d.1085)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Chapters 1-9)

Think about how the following themes are expressed through characters in Chapters 1-9 of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Scan these Chapters again for some examples of the themes and tie them, if you can to appropriate quotations from the text.

Relate these themes to characters • Varying Forms of Love
• Fate
• Honour
• Education
• Madness
• What it means to be Greek
• History and The Past (Cephalonia as a beautiful island where cruelty and tragedy repeats in cycles through history.)

Other themes to note for later Chapters

• The Effects of War on Human Nature
• The role of music
• Heroism, Nobility and Sacrifice
• The Position of Women in Society
• Death and Survival
• Wasted lives through War and Fate

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