Love and Ruin Themes & Motifs

Paula McLain
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Relationships

The author uses the theme of relationships to illustrate the volatility of relationships in context of a global war.

The reader is likely aware that the marriage between Ernest and Martha is doomed from the start. When they meet, Ernest and Martha are at very different stages of their lives and careers. Ernest is married and a successful writer, whereas Martha is trying to make a name for herself and is navigating a relationship with a man whom she regards as her “idol” (50).

Martha resists a relationship with Ernest at first. She is aware of how she may be perceived and not be taken seriously. Ultimately, Martha is drawn to Ernest, not because of his fame, but because she feels a sincere connection with him. Further, Ernest and Martha unite as they are witnessing the world break apart. Both Ernest and Martha know that what is...

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