Posted by Lynne on October 03, 1997 at 01:18:37:
In response to Kathleen?, written by Rita on October 02, 1997 at 21:55:35
] ] ] I find it hard to believe(after watching the movie), that W did not love Marianne. They looked hit by the proverbial thunderbolt. Anyone???????
] Kathleen and anyone else,
] do you think this whole thunderbolt/first time scenario is infact just infatuation?????
] Is literature,poetry and drama full of such romances- an interesting topic to discuss.
Well....alot of Hollywood movies are just such this type of thing: call it love at first sight, infatuation, thunderbolts, what have you. I think many poems, stories, novels, plays, etc. do use that love at first sight thing to indicate obssessive need, the driven part of the soul that thirsts for recognition, sexual passion, poisonous ambiition and all kinds of human dilemmas. It all depends, of course, on how the love story pans out...such as in Romeo and Juliet, the ending is very tragic....then, other stories of love where infatuation leads to the alter and bliss forevermore (for some reason, movies seem to keep coming back to me as the genre that most utilizes infatuation as the normal way for love to begin)....and for most of us, I think real love relationships don't quite start with that boom of thunder.....these are just
some random thoughts, off the top of my head. But, yes, I think lit and drama are filled with this stuff....it's exciting for one thing. Though Elinor loved Edward just as deeply as Marianne loved Willoughby.....it's Marianne's story that gets the dramatic treatment of her illness, Brandon's sudden confession to her mother, and Willoughby's scene of contrition with Elinor. It does seem more thrilling...and thus keeps us reading...which is the goal of every good author.
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