Claribel by Arnold Bennett. The General Slant of the Story. The Author’s Attitude to Love and the Institution of Marriage
Honorable members of the examination board, the speech submitted to your consideration is devoted to the essence of love and the institution of marriage on the basis of the story “Claribel” written by Arnold Bennett. In my speech I’m to dwell upon the following points: firstly I give the definition of love, then I pass on to love in its various forms, after that I focus on the short story “Claribel” and Arnold Bennett’s attitude to love and marriage and at last I draw a conclusion. Generally love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. Love is also a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection; and "the unselfish loyal concern for the good of another. Undeniably love refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, it may refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love of eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, or the platonic love that defines friendship, to the profound devotion of religious love. This diversity of uses and meanings makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states. So that we can deal with love in its various forms: filial, fraternal, erotic, parental. Undoubtedly love is the most important relationship as it absorbs our interest, affects our lives greatly. In fact love is life, because love accompanies people during their whole lives. Passing on to the short story “Claribel”, in his work Arnold Bennett, describes a trivial love relationship between the painter and Claribel which eventually ends in marriage. Up to a point, Claribel is an English well-mannered woman who lives in Paris. Once on her way home after a party it starts raining heavily and Claribel enters a café, where she meets Jimmie, a poor painter. Jimmie treats the woman as...
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