Love is a powerful emotion which is achieved by overcoming hurdles and acting with courage and honesty. Bravery can be presented towards anything, as well, as anyone. In Sara Gruen’s novel “Water For Elephants”, courage is the main aspect for characters that show their love for other individuals. The characters, Jacob and Marlena love each other strongly, despite knowing the consequences they can face for their actions. Jacob falls in love for the first time, while Marlena falls in love again for the right man this time.Through Jacobs behaviour it is easy to see Jacob’s in love with Marlena. “I love you, Marlena. I love you with my heart and soul, and i want to be with you” . Despite knowing the fact that August and Marlena are married, it doesn’t stop Jacob from telling her that he loves her, and wants to be with her. Jacob isn’t sure if she feels the same way about him but ends up telling her anyway. This shows a lot of bravery to admit, which is what Jacob seems to show to obtain Marlena, the love of his life. He never cared about her husband August and his cruel ways, all he wants is to be with Marlena and he hopes he’ll eventually find a way to be with her.When Jacob told Marlena he loves her, she stands there anxiously. She slowly looks up in tears and tells him, ” I think i’ve loved you from the moment i laid eyes on you. But don’t you see? Im married to August” . Marlena has been in love with Jacob since they encountered each other in the menagerie. However, she just found enough bravery and courage inside of her to admit it to Jacob. Although she’s married to August and knows the punishment she can receive from him for betraying him, she can’t keep the feelings she has towards Jacob hidden and tells him. This takes a lot of courage and portrays that Marlena is strong enough to confess her love to Jacob.Finally, during the novel, Jacob shows his emotions for Marlena through his feelings and actions. “Although there are times id give anything to have her back, i’m glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and i wouldn’t have wanted her to go through that. Being the survivor stinks”. Jacob is deep in love with Marlena that he’s glad that she went first, he wouldn’t want her to be lonely the way he is and wants to protect her still even tho she passed away. To him it seems like it would be less painful to disappear rather than to suffer through the feeling of lonelinessLove is the main theme in the novel “Water For Elephants”. Jacob and Marlena fall in love while she’s already committed to someone else, and the make their emotional and physical pledges to one another in spite of that. Jacob falls in love for the first time in his life, with the woman he ends up spending the rest of his life with. Marlena also falls in love for the first time since August was never the right man for her. Jacobs and Marlenas love story fulfills the novel with happiness through the rough times at the circus.