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Character Analysis of Mandras in Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres The demonstration of Mandras from the novel is one which can be subject to change and alteration. The consequences of his change in character relate to the broader issue of war and its effects on both society and individuals. Mandras is employed as an illustration of the grave and negative psychological scars war can inflict. When Mandras first appears in the book, he's presented as a possible love interest for Pelagia. But, there's an uncomfortable sense of foreboding as to what is to come to their connection. The fact that their love for each other develops thus early on in the book, and the idealistic character of this love leaves the reader with an belief that it is not to last. In the very chapter they meet with the chapter ends with the ominous presence of war looming, that reaffirms the reader's perception that their relationship will be brief. Mandra's first act in the narrative is being taken by Velisarios with rather funny consequences consequently setting Mandras as a funny character. He later thanked Velisarios for shooting at him as it had a beneficial effect on his lifestyle; meeting Pelagia. "That which he thanked him for was that he first set eyes on Pelagia". This shows the instantaneous nature of his love to get Pelagia. Many readers have indicated that the truth that their love was founded only on mutual aesthetic attraction to each other was that the very reason it al fell apart at the end. It was lust rather than adore and some may perceive Mandras as a idealistic idiot for believing otherwise. We first find the gaps in expectations both feel for one another in chapter 11, in which t.. .