The End of the Affair

Decent Essays
English 1B
March 12 2013
A Man’s Love
Graham Green wrote the beautiful love story The End of the Affair. The content is about the four characters the novelist, Maurice Bendrix; the couple Henry and Sarah Miles; and the priest Richard Smythe. Maurice meets Sarah and they fall in love deeply. The more Maurice loves Sarah, the more he realizes that there is an indestructible obstacle, which prevents him possessing all Sarah’s love. Maurice’s love affair ends, he lives in hatred and torment because Sarah staying away from him. Maurice has no more doubt when he finds out Sarah’s thought after reading her journal. The time he comes to her again, it is too late; Sarah can no longer enjoy true love with Maurice; she dies. After
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Moreover, the aspiration to possess seems obsessed him, Maurice said moodily “ I would fan myself into anger and remorse” and he can’t help changing the situation, he feels helpless “ I was pushing, pushing the only thing that I loved out of my life”. Unsuccessful possession transforms into hatred and anger. Maurice says “ but if love had to die, I wanted it to die quickly. It was as though our love were a small creature caught in a trap and bleeding to death: I had to shut my eye and wring its neck” (25) bitterly. We can assume that whatever Maurice has taken look like the heat, which uses to boil water. All the heat in the vase just wants to blast out. Love turns in to hate. Maurice said “ more than anything in the world I wanted to hurt Sarah” (45). And he even acts like an upset kid behaving with his friend; he just wants to stop the game. Maurice mockingly told Sarah “ we had good time together, we’re adults, we know it had to end some time. Now, you see, we can meet like friends and talk about Henry” (23). That should have hurt Sarah a lot. He simply revenges the person has given him the pain and the headache. When taking about Maurice, we cannot omit his obsession of love. Sarah’s love seems never enough for him. The depression grows awfully, he thought “ and I began quite seriously to think of suicide”. In short, Maurice puts his entire mind toward Sarah. He loves her for two reasons, for her beauty
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