Key Quotation (LITA3)

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    • Passion and restraint
      • Emma, Jane Austen, 1815
        • Early feminist novel, Romantic period themes of moderation, poses questions of independent women
      • 'why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation.'
    • Love and betrayl
      • The Painted Veil. W.S. Maugham, 1925
      • 'to me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realise that to you it was just an episode' -kitty to charles after she asks him to marry her
      • Modern, shows a divorce/infidelity
    • Love and death
      • Christina Rossetti, Remember, 1862
      • 'remember me when you are gone away, gone far away into the silent land; when you can no more hold me by the hand.'
      • 'Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.'
      • Sonnet form, victorian period, unusual for a woman to write poetry
    • Male/Female love
      • Oranges are not the only fruit, jeanette winterson, 1985
      • 'she said they dealt in unnatural passions'
      • Buildingsroman: coming of age novel, deals with homosexuality vs religious family
    • Disappointment in Love
      • Talking in bed, Phillip larkin 1964
      • 'Talking in bed ought to be easiest, lying together there goes back so far. An emblem of two people being honest.'
      • 'words at once true and kind, not untrue and not unkind'
      • Typical post modern poet, surface attitudes to love, Larkin has many varied experiences with love/ talks about infidelity
    • Love and society
      • Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens, 1865
      • 'My reputation stands quite high and would be a shield for yours.'
      • Typical attitudes of chivalry and patriarchy from the victorian period. Contrast between rich and poor.
    • Cruelty of love
      • Carol Ann Duffy, The Devil's Wife, Post Modern
      • Known modern day feminism poet, challenges basic attitudes to everyday life.
      • 'He bit my breast. His language was foul. He entered me.'
      • 'He made me bury a doll.'
    • Love and family
      • King Lear, Shakespeare, 1605
      • 'I love your majesty according to my bond, no more nor less'
      • 'which one of you shall we say does love us most that we our largest bond may extend'
      • Independent female character challenging family, focus on money and patriarchy (most Shakespeare)
    • Idealised love
      • Sonnet 116, Shakespeare, 1609
      • 'love is not love which alters when alteration finds'
      • 'it is an ever fixed mark'
      • Everlasting love, divorce wasn't a thing, love was key in these times
    • Brotherhood
      • Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks, 1993
      • 'I would trust them to breathe for me, to pump my blood with their hearts.'
      • War based novel, uses flashbacks to present contrast of modern life and war-zone. Brotherhood amongst soldiers and desperate love are key themes.

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