Un/Requited love

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    • Correlli and Pelagia (requited)
      • Their love is engaging because it suffers from societal restrictions whilst being requited
        • "Pelagia's tears rolled down her cheeks and fell into the bucket amongst the snails. "You're drowning them"
        • Traditional greek society/ conquered v conquerer
          • "infinitely enclosed in their first unpatriotic and secret kiss"
        • victims of their time
    • Carlo and Francesco (unrequited)
      • Engaging because Carlo can't confess his love because of societal restrictions
        • victims of their time
    • The Sun Rising (requited)
      • Their love is wholly requited and blissful
      • Clever conceits of lovers being at centre of world
        • "She is all states and all princes I"
          • sense of domination?
        • BUT worrying lack of female perspective & very boastful
    • Daisy and Gatsby (requited)
      • Requited yet highly flawed
        • Daisy values money and materialism over her love for Gatsby and so will always choose Tom
        • Daisy is too materialistic and money driven to give up her life with Tom
          • That's why Gatsby's relationship with Daisy will always fail
        • Gatsby is stuck in the past; like the broken clock
          • Idolises Daisy and can't see past her fundamental flaws
            • She lacks depth, she is artificial, destructive, flighty and inconsistent
            • Link to Mandras' deification of Pelagia as destroying their rship
              • "The dream of Pelagia was better then Pelagia herself"
            • "Daisy tumbled short of his dreams...because of the colossal significance of his illusion"
      • Daisy is fickle and did love Tom once
        • "Oh you want too much! I did love him once but I loved you too"
          • Lack of female perspective discounts the idea of wholly requited and perfect love
            • BUT worrying lack of female perspective & very boastful
    • The Definition of Love
      • Marvell can't be with Mary Fairfax because of class barriers
        • Describes the definition of love to be their restricted love
          • They are "truly parallel"
          • Their love is "begotten by despair upon responsibility"
          • But lack of female perspective leads reader to question how perfect they are
            • Lack of female perspective discounts the idea of wholly requited and perfect love
            • "Magnanimous despair" is what showed him a love so "divine"
              • But shouldn't being in love = being happy and content like The Sun Rising?
                • The Sun Rising (requited)
                  • Their love is wholly requited and blissful
                  • Clever conceits of lovers being at centre of world
                    • "She is all states and all princes I"
                      • sense of domination?

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