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Amy Foster The Mythology of Love In Amy Foster Joseph Conrad has written a great story that shows the different types of love felt between Amy and Yanko as described by Joseph Campbell in his essay on The Mythology of Love The relationship of Yanko and Amy is dynamic and changes as the story progresses At first Amy feels compassion for Yanko she does not see the differences between him and the English people as the others of Brenzett do However later in the story compassion turns to passion Amys son is then born distinctions appear and she is either no longer able to love Yanko or she loves Yanko to such an extent that she finds she is incapable of joining Yanko on an earthly plane as Joseph Campbell describes page 159 Whatever the reasons may be Amy refuses to aid Yanko in his time of need resulting in Yankos death There is a great change of heart from Amys first compassion for Yanko to her nonchalance of his death However the results may have only been a product of the different levels of love felt by Amy for Yanko The general population of Brenzett treats Yanko an escaped lunatic when he is first spotted in the seaside town He is whipped stoned and beaten by many of the residents In addition he was captured and caged like a wild animal He is described as a drunk tramp and creature He is very different from the usual Englishman and is treated as such He is segregated and is forced to work for Mr Swaffer However one person sees through the differences Amy perhaps because of her stupidity or
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