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ISC Salvatore notes

Q. Discuss the theme of love and affection as depicted in the story ‘Salvatore’.


William Somerset Maugham’s ‘Salvatore’ sketches the character of a common man personifying the quality goodness and true love. Salvatore is the portrait of an ordinary fishermen who possessed nothing in the world except goodness. The theme of true love and affection is beautifully depicted in the story.
Salvatore fell madly in love with a girl who had “pretty eyes”. They could not marry till he had completed military service. He have a great affection to his family and love. When he went to serve as a sailor in the navy, he wept like a child. It was only when he was far away from his place, he realized the importance of family. He was badly homesick and missed his family and the girl he loved. It was due to this reason that very soon he was suffering from rheumatism, doctors told him, “his heart exulted”, for he could go home to take rest.
Salvatore on coming back home from his military service was rejected by the girl he loved madly. Though girl’s mother bluntly told him that her daughter would not marry a man, who is suffering from a disease but he did not blame the girl. His inherent love and respect for the girl he loved so much felt him not to allow his conscience to say, “a hard word for the girl he loved so well”.
Though he wept on his mother’s bosom and was terribly unhappy, but he did not gave up. Crossing every limit of his sadness, he compromised with hard reality of life. Soon he got married to Assunta, who was even older than him. His goodness let him to choose her by the inner beauty and truth rather than outer appearance. He was never rude to her but happily accepted her as his wife.
They had two sons. He worked extremely hard to sustain his family even when he suffered from rheumatism. He used to work whole day in his vineyard and spent the night catching the profitable Cattlefish.
In spite of a passionate lover, he was a loving father. Salvatore was deeply attached to his children. He acted childlike with them. After working for whole day and night, he still loved to spent time with his children. Sometimes, he used to bring them down to bath, he would dip them tenderly and delicately. He would laugh with them and acted no less than a mother.
After countless sorrows and moments of hurts, he still wore his ingenious smile. He never gave up his loving nature. Thus, in the story, author tried to depict love and affection of an ordinary fishermen to an extraordinary extent.

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Dipendu Das

Dipendu Das

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