Choose two of the most moving moments in Captain Corelli's Mandolin and explain why they have this effect on the reader. Look closely at how language is used to create pathos.
L' Omosessuale (1) is a very sensitive and intimate chapter and allows us into
Carlo's deepest and most hidden thoughts. De Bernieres creates sympathy for Carlo
through the fact that his homosexuality has to remain unknown "I have been
reduced to eternal and infinite silence." Pathos is also produced through the way in
which De Bernieres presents Carlo to the reader and the language used.
Carlo is aware that an announcement of his sexual preference would cause an
uproar in the rigid community in which he lived before the army, he knows "in
advance" what he "will be told." Although Carlos awareness is made clear, De
Bernieres still shows the reader that he is conscious in a number of ways, firstly
through religion, the priest, and then through science, the doctor, "It is medicinal
theology and theological medicine."
Here, De Bernieres is showing us that Carlo is
an intelligent man and that he is above the prejudice he would face and that he
could outsmart his opposition if he was to be confronted about his homosexuality.
This is displayed to the reader when Carlo cleverly converses with his own thoughts
which is what makes this so intimate " God is the reason for all things, then God is
to blame and I should not be condemned." However, no matter how many times he
proves people wrong, he knows that, if they knew the truth, he would be "detested"
by everyone. This is why the language used creates pathos, because Carlo has an
untold "truth that weighs more than the universe" and he feels like "someone who is