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Passion turns into obsession two confused souls bound together by fate A complicated relationship between a lonely man and a self-destructive woman Innocence lost and identities found there are some important themes which take place in this novel as results of having extreme emotions In Morley Callaghans novel A passion in Rome the two main characters who are searching for salvation from failures become intensely involved with each other and in the process encounter harsh obstacles and struggles instead Their infatuation turns into obsession and self-destruction their intense love for each other leads to jealousy and their failing intentions to each other resort into violence The novel shows the mystery that every emotion has a good and a bad side and when taken to extreme can cause agony to those affected Passion can be the guiding light in ones life as it too can be the darkness in ones heart Sam is led to the right path in life by his undying passion and desire for Carla Sam is determined to help rehabilitate Carla At this stage in their relationship nothing good is taken to the extreme this phase in his life starts with compassion for Carla and her happiness Sams generosity grows to become his obsession and corruption of both individuals As the relationship progresses Sam the protector begins to evolve into an obsessive partner where his love for her had turned to selfishness Sam becomes overly controlling his paternalistic behavior resist the fact that Carla can take care of herself His resistance to Carlas independence makes him violent and egotistic Carla is lead to self-destruction as a result of her failure in music which is her passion She had one thing to call her own and when that stopped so did she -- she stopped living She could not handle disappointment and therefore she is not able to face her fear of failure She turned to alcohol which she believed
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