Themes in The Mortal Immortal
Immortality as Blessing and Curse: After drinking the mysterious elixir, Winzy’s life dramatically improves. He wins Bertha’s love and hand in marriage, and the two enjoy some years of happiness together. However, soon after the unfortunate effects of his eternal youth become apparent: the couple has to relocate to new countries to avoid suspicion, Bertha continues to age and her Winzy declines, and she eventually dies. Although Winzy wishes to die as well, having lost his family and loved ones, he has not succeeded in doing so. Thus, what began as a pathway to happiness morphs into a curse, which he is forced to endure forever.
Themes Examples in The Mortal Immortal:
The Mortal Immortal🔒
"Yes, the fear of age and death often creeps coldly into my heart; and the more I live, the more I dread death, even while I abhor life. Such an enigma is man--born to perish--when he wars, as I do, against the established laws of his nature...." See in text (The Mortal Immortal)
"A sailor without rudder or compass, tossed on a stormy sea--a traveller lost on a wide-spread heath, without landmark or star to him--such have I been: more lost, more hopeless than either. A nearing ship, a gleam from some far cot, may save them; but I have no beacon..." See in text (The Mortal Immortal)