The Gargoyle

1577 WordsJul 15, 20187 Pages
There exists no power as inexplicable as that of love. Love cannot be described in a traditional fashion; it is something that must be experienced in order for one to truly grasp its full enormity. It is the one emotion that can lead human beings to perform acts they are not usually capable of and to make sacrifices with no thought of the outcome or repercussions. Though love is full of unanswered questions and indescribable emotions, one of the most mystifying aspects of love is its timeless nature. Love is the one emotion, unlike superficial sentiments such as lust or jealousy, which can survive for years, or even generations. In the novel The Gargoyle, the author, Andrew Davidson, explores the idea of eternal love between two people,…show more content…
He is left with the decision of letting Marianne be free from her 700 year entrapment on earth, or sticking with sanity and not letting her carry through with her insane intentions. When all is said and done, the reader is left with two questions: “Was Marianne simply crazy or was she schizophrenic?” or “was she telling the truth and the love between her and this man did and will always continue to exist?” The book ends with the reader having to come to a conclusion on their own. The way Davidson uses imagery and intricacy to reveal Marianne’s past life through her stories will engulf one into the novel and make one feel like they are truly in the century in question. As Marianne tells her stories, the emotion from her and the man pours off the pages and the reader is all but helpless to surrender to feeling sympathy and fret for the characters. The flashbacks are so seamlessly inserted into the text that the reader will sometimes lose track of which world he or she is in, the modern one, or the 14th century. Davidson also considers historical continuity in the stories that are told, and because of this the reader will not only be lost in the story, but also gain a wealth of knowledge about ancient religion, forgotten traditions, and origin of literature from all of Davidson’s
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