Love can be expressed in many forms and holds a different meaning for every relationship. The love between Hanna and Michael is known as Eros love. Their relationship started the day they came together to have sexual intercourse continuing until the end of their relationship. “I explored her body with my hands and mouth, our mouths met, and then she was on top of me…"(Schlink 25). There was a great age difference between the lovers and their way of showing each other, that their love was present through sexual intercourse.
“When we open ourselves
you yourself to me and I myself to you,
when we submerge
you into me and I into you
when we vanish
into me you into you I
am I me
and you are you” (Schlink 58)
Whenever they were together, there is either sexual intercou...
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In every moment of Michael’s life, he encountered various love related moments created by Bernhard Schlink that shaped his life. The unique form of relationship between Hanna and Michael was a meaningful one, especially to the couple. The effects of the relationship positively affected Michael and highlighted every happy moment portrayed by their relationship. Nevertheless, their breakup was a tragic end to their relationship. This resulted in Michael’s sadness throughout the whole story. Michael always reminisced on the unforgettable moments of his relationship with Hanna. Thus, love was a major theme throughout the whole story and was successfully portrayed by Bernhard Schlink. In summary, Bernhard Schlink is portrayed as a proponent of love.
Schlink, Bernhard. The Reader. Trans. and Carol Brown Janeway. New York: Random House Inc. 1997. Print.
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