There are hundreds of items that can promote or destroy a love. Flowers, for example, promote love and can bring two lovers closer together. In this chapter you will learn that objects can have an important function. Objects are always ambivalent. This means that an object can, for example, lead to people or lead away from them. So an object always has a positive and a negative side.
What are “objects of love”?
An object of love is for example a “ring”, a “letter”, “flowers” or a “gift”. These objects always stand for something: they are signs of love of one person towards another. A distinction must be made between objects that promote love, such as a precious stone or an amulet. On the other hand, there are objects that endanger or even destroy love, such as a “poisoned apple”, a “pornography collection” or the “hairclip of a strange woman” found by a wife under her bed.
Objects as carriers or destroyers of love
With the help of objects that are integrated into the plot, the author can bring a potential lovers closer together or cause alienation in a simple and elegant way. Flowers, an engagement ring, a wedding ring, love letters, gifts, a good meal, an invitation to a trip and much more can be love-enhancing. But they can also have the opposite effect.
For example, a wrong gift can bring fear or sadness. In a good meal there may be ingredients that trigger an allergy. Or the gift of a trip can turn into a nightmare in the blink of an eye, for example if the accommodation is a run-down hotel.
A love is quickly put in danger if, for example, too many gifts are given or too many flowers are sent.
But alienation can also occur through the publication of private information to which the partner reacts disappointed or angry. In the past, these were revelations in the newspaper, today they are publications on the Internet, on YouTube or a blog.
Objects as an occasion for remembrance
Items can be used as a means of awakening or preserving good or bad memories. For example, Rose carries the gemstone “The Heart of the Ocean” with her in the frame story of “Titanic”. The gemstone stands for the everlasting love for her beloved Jack, which she lost when the Titanic sank.
The same applies to pieces of music, for example. When Rick hears the song “As Time Goes By” in “Casablanca”, he immediately goes wild. Because the song reminds him of the great love of his life, who left him secretly and silently.
However, such emotionally charged dramaturgical means should not be overstretched. One song is enough for Rick to remember. Now, if the pianist were to play a second song or a third, the story would involuntarily become funny.
Objects as means of characterization
An old car, for example, characterizes a person who is poor or does not care much for expensive cars. Objects in the home furnishings embody the psyche of a person. The condition of the apartment – whether it is tidy or in total chaos – provides information about the inner state of mind. The character of a character is revealed in the way he or she handles objects.
Hairstyle, clothing and accessories are a proven means to characterize a person. For example, in a screenplay you can write: “The man wears everyday clothes”. Or: “The woman is elegantly dressed.” A reader immediately knows what kind of person to imagine.
Clothing characterizes people. A characterization can also be made by how a person reacts to certain objects. If a person is afraid to accept a wedding ring, this can be interpreted as an expression of a fear of commitment.
If a person is happy about the flowers that he or she is just receiving from a messenger, this is a completely natural and typical reaction. However, if she asks the messenger the price of the flowers, she is probably not interested in the love of the giver, but in his money.
Objects and the reactions of the figures to the objects also make a figure appear either sympathetic or unsympathetic, thus adding a further aspect to its characterization.
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