Doctor Zhivago Themes

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Impossible Love

The love that Yuri has for Tonia and that Lara has for Pasha has the sense of normal human relations. This kind of love grows with time and is learned along the way. It can start with admiration and fondness, or even mild attraction. However, the love that Yuri and Lara have cannot survive as a normal human relationship. The civil war tears it apart, but even in peacetime the passions involved may not be tolerable.

War complicates everything, especially passionate love. The separations that Lara and Yuri experience keep their love from destroying each other, yet they are drawn back together from this love as well. The time they spend together is never secure and relaxed. Either Yuri must sneak around behind Tonia's back, or the government wants to arrest them both. The couple never has a chance to get into an argument that escalates to...

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