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hat is love?
hat is love? Yikes! hat a difficult question to answer. Not only because there are many types of love: true love, romantic love, plutonic love, brotherly love, etc., but because love can also be an ineffable emotion, something that defies articulation or delineation. So, to some extent, attempting to define love is an exercise in futility. But that doesn't mean that we don't recognize it when we see it (Stewart). Therefore, it is the purpose of this essay to examine certain depictions of love in literature to see if they help one define what love is.
One would be hard pressed to find a more iconic example of love than the love shared between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Their love is so deep, so strong, so extreme that they each make the ultimate sacrifice to be next to one another…
Bronte, Emily, Fritz Eichenberg, and Bruce Rogers. Wuthering Heights. New York:
Random House, 1943. Print.
Shakespeare, William, and Richard Hosley. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet;. New
Haven: Yale UP, 1954. Print.
Love is a personal issue that attracts public debate with each person giving it their own approach as understood or experienced in the past. The two stories herein look into people in search of love and another set, a group of people trying to understand the love they have experienced in the past. There are depiction of people trying to get into terms with what love is and trying to experience it at their best.
There is no universal definition of love or a universal way of experiencing love within the society or a place where love can best be experienced on the face of the earth.
Love in L.A
The short story is presented in a fast paced speed with events unfolding fast and close to each other. It revolves around Jake driving an old car on the free way with the traffic congestion not making things any easy…
Baker A., (2011). Short Story Reviews: What we Talk about when we Talk about Love by Raymond Carver. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/short-story-reviews-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-love-by-raymond-carver-11703/
Carver R., (1981). What We Talk about When We Talk about Love. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://www.pageout.net/user/www/m/j/mjknndy/WhatWeTalk%20about%20When%20We%20Talk%20about%20Love.htm
Gild D., (1950). Love in L.A. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://share.ehs.uen.org/system/files/love%20in%20LA.pdf
It does so since it sees sex as a subject that sells.
The culture, too, still has largely Freudian perspective, where it is thought that unless a person gives into their sexual desires and has sex, the person remains unfulfilled and leads an empty existence. ex, it is supposed, is an uncontrollable drive that if unsatisfied results in misery and dissatisfaction in life as well as in a warped personality.
Parents, on the other hand, get more intimidated by the subject and are more reluctant and less open about discussing the subject than the media and popular culture is. They go to the other extreme, and whilst having a more realistic perspective, are reluctant to discuss the subject .
A shallow person would have the perspective of the media seeing the other more in terms of body and gratification and likely entering into various sexual relationships more for the sake…
Aron, a., & Aron, E.N. (1986). love and the expansion of self: Understanding attraction and satisfaction. New York: Hemisphere.
Aron, E.N., & Aron, a. (1996). love and expansion of the self: The state of the model. Personal Relationships, 3, 45-58.
Fromm, Erich (2000) the Art of Loving, Harper Perennial
Lewis, Thomas; Amini, F., & Lannon, R. (2000). A General Theory of Love. Random House.
Love and Loss in Love Medicine
The sad narrative of life on an Indian Reservation is one that cannot be told within the scope of a single generation. Instead, it must relayed across multiple interconnected generations persisting within a beleaguered collective culture. In many ways, this is the only way to gain a nuanced understanding of the way tribal life now persists, splintered by the invasion of the European lifestyle but echoed in the inextricably linked families that still remain. This tribal orientation, if not today the protective and familial force that it was before the arrival of the Europeans, gives America's Native Americans a shared feeing of cultural otherness. This is the premise that underscores the groundbreaking 1984 text by Louise Erdich and which is even further affirmed by the 1993 Extended Edition of Love Medicine considered here. The Erdich text is perhaps most important for providing…
Erdich, L. (1993). Love Medicine: Extended Edition. Harper Perennial.
John Frederick Nims and "Love Poem"
John Frederick Nims was a poet who was both prolific (he published eight books of poetry (Famous Poets)) and well-regarded (earned such awards as the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature (Famous Poets)). The amount of poetry and the awards one receives are not marks of greatness alone, but the quality of the poetry is. Of course, one might assume that someone who is allowed to publish a great deal of poetry and receives grants and fellowships to continue writing poems is doing something right. But that does not mean that the poet is someone who readers will enjoy. NIms could have been someone that was critically, but not popularly, acclaimed; but this was not the case. John Frederick Nims was a poet, enjoyed by all those who read his poetry, who wrote a few that are still recognized…
Famous Poets. "John Frederick Nims." Famous Poets and Poems, 2006. Web.
Nims, John F. The Complete Poems of Michelangelo. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998. Print.
Nims, John F. The Six-Cornered Snowflake and Other Poems. New York: New Directions Publishing. Print.
Nims, John F. The Poems of St. John of the Cross. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1979. Print.
I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy… (Yalom)
I can understand the dilemma that Yalom proposes in the chapter named 'Love's Executioner." Love is associated with such positive emotions. Yet for some people, it is more of an infatuation instead that led to malignant thoughts and behaviors. Thelma had a love affair with her previous counselor. She spoke very fondly of him and his therapeutic practices as her face and gestures were highly animated. She look forward to each and every therapy session she had however eventually they stopped after the therapist (Matthew) took a new job. About a year later Thelma ran into Matthew in a public location. The two hit it off, talked all night, and eventually became intimate.
There intimacy developed quickly over a short period of time; especially for Thelma. They saw each…
In the character of Lucy Gayheart, in the novel of the same name, Willa Cather embodies a vision of idealized romantic Love. This is such a vast Love that it requires a capital L. For Lucy, Love is intense, yearning, painful and tragic. It offers escape, freedom, elevation, fire, passion and pain. Love and Art (or music as art) and fiery passion are intimately intertwined in Lucy's vision. In fact they become identified as one, and for Lucy Gayheart these three are the essence of Life. Without this expanded Love, Lucy cannot have Life. In the absence of this Love, Lucy dies. In the character of Lucy Gayheart, Willa Cather unites Love and Life and Art and Passion into one all encompassing concept of romantic liberation from the mundane.
From the earliest meetings with Lucy, Cather makes sure that the reader sees what is essential about her. There…
Love According to Coleridge and Shelley
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Coleridge uses the tale of an old sailor to reveal what love is all about. In this story, The Mariner and his crew travel around the world and then head back to England.
Coleridge begins the story as an old sailor approaches three young men headed for a wedding celebration and talks one of them into listening to his story. The young man resists this interruption at first but is soon intrigued by the tale.
The old man tells him of his adventures on a ship with his crew. When the crew was sailing, a strong force pulled them in the direction of the South Pole, a "land of ice, and of fearful sounds, where no living thing was to be seen," and the crew was helpless…
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Penguin Books, 1818.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Complete, Authoritative Text of the 1798 and 1817 Versions with Biographical and historical Contexts, critical History, and essays from contemporary critical perspectives. Boston; Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999.
What is Love? Love, according to the Holy Bible, is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast and is not proud. Love never fails (NIV 811). This simple term for the most powerful emotion in the world is simply not enough. Love is all these things, it has the ability to empower and increase confidence, to lighten a mood or make the world seem a better place. Yet it also has the ability to always makes us feel useless, like a newborn child or totally incapable of doing the most simplest of tasks.
Therefore, what is this intangible emotion and power that can leave us without any control over ourselves and increases our vulnerability to being hurt? The Oxford New English Dictionary defines Love as being "a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone" (Oxford English Dictionary 1094). If love was as simple as this definition then…
As Shanshan recounted, the writings in the journal had a deep effect on any reader.
Shanshan's thinking is significant due to the reason that it expresses the change that took place in the Chinese culture. During the last decades, people began to crave for independence as each person had wanted to express more freely and independently.
Shanshan and her mother, Zhong Yu, had both hoped true love would come find them, but each refrained from acting in order to attain it. In addition to that, both Shanshan and her mother had been accustomed to dodging any chance to true love that they got. In their opinion, love had almost been a wonderful dream which could not become true for them. A reason for their fear of being in love might be that they had been in fact afraid from making a change in their lives. The respective change would not…
Falling in love for the first time is a wondrous experience. The new emotions are exciting. We feel that no one else has ever experienced this feeling and no one else quite understands. As young teens, we think we understand these feelings in a way the adults around us do not. We may look back at that innocent time and smile at our own naivety, but at the time, the feelings were very real. As we mature, we come to understand that this first love was not based in anything that would last a lifetime. Yet, falling in love in this naive way prepares us to love again as we move into adulthood and get ready for deep and meaningful relationships.
Too young to understand
At least that's what they said
Didn't they remember?
How could one forget?
Waking up, feeling fresh and…
Love Is How We Feel Toward Those Who Show Us That Which Is Lovable About Ourselves
Love is something that many have defined or rather tried to define in many ways, but Gerry Spence' definition is one of the most accurate ones that we may come across. According to his definition of love, it is truly the quality that others recognize in us that tells us a lot. When we become aware of the same we understand how much that person loves us. This is something that arouses our feelings, and helps us build a good, healthy relationship.
This definition of love that Gerry Spence has given us is indeed something that is true, and describes the feeling of love in the true context. He isn't speaking of sexual love or an attraction just from the physical appearance of another person. He is actually referring to the recognition of virtues…
.. I grow old...' are the evidence of the impending fear of death. One unusual part of the poem is how Eliot, or Prufrock, puts himself into a role in one of Shakespeare's plays and then admits that he is no Hamlet by saying 'No! I am not the Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be.' Although I am guessing, I feel that Eliot was trying to say that Shakespeare's world and Eliot's twentieth century world were not so different and the modern world may even be simply a continuation of Shakespeare's. This entails that he could become another Hamlet.
Modernism can be defined as the twentieth century's new artistic or literary style made popular by poets such as T.S. Eliot and other artists, poets and writers of the time. The period was full of turmoil as there was the World War in Europe and in the United States there…
Bentley, Joseph, & Brooker, Jewel Spears (1990). Reading the Waste Land: Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation. Amhearst: University of Massachusetts Press.
Elliot, T.S. (1917). The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Retrieved November 28, 2004, at http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html
He talks about "writing desperate love letters on sidewalks in the shape of bloodied snow angels" (Plascencia, p.109). He agrees to participate in Saturn's war because Saturn's war is, at its core, about love.
Moreover, Saturn acknowledges the importance of love. He is at war, which if there is ever a time for a man to be ruthless and set aside compassion, war is that time. However, his enemy has been hurt. His wife has left him for another man. Saturn respects that. In fact, Plascencia acknowledges this by noting: "while it is said that everything is fair in love and war, the dictum is nullified when both love and war occur simultaneously; then, the rules of battle become more stringent. The politics of war can always be argued, but there is an undeniable sympathy that must be extended when a woman leaves a man" (Plascencia, p.105). That statement reveals…
Flanagan, Richard. Gould's Book of Fish. New York, Grove Atlantic, 2001.
Plascencia, Salvador. The People of Paper. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.
When they say good night, Dave kisses Stacy on the mouth. The kiss shocks Stacy, who realizes she is playing with fire.
The story of Stacy and Brian illustrates some of the core issues at play in a marriage with a potential conflict. Stacy has not yet cheated on Brian, but she seems dangerously close to doing so. The conflict is only shallowly related to sex. Although sex is surely an important component of an enduring marriage, the root cause of Stacy's behavior is her feeling neglected by her husband.
To resolve the conflict between Stacy and Brian, it would be important to focus on what the couple can do to rekindle their love and romance. Stacy needs to feel greater self-acceptance rather than relying on the attention given to her by other men to feel loved. At the same time, Stacy needs to confront Brian about her needs and…
Bucknell, P.J. (1988). Building a great marriage. Biblical Foundations for Freedom. Retrieved online: http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Topics/Marriage/Great_Marriage/GM02_Principle1_Love.html
"Catholic Vision of Love." Retrieved online: http://www.saintrich.org/images/The_Catholic_Vision_of_Love_Presentaton_for_Website.ppt
Flores, D. (2010). Marriage: Sacrament of Enduring Love. Retrieved online: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Z2ATGS1QHTAJ:www.nccbuscc.org/catecheticalsunday/2010/theological-flores.pdf+sacrament+enduring+love&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESg3-7g96BIUh92Zhcba14dFD1HFkkZQWj68T-EBzVh2gXlaSebJ3lchJ07CuhqYOrjy6jcyu4_zlzCxdPxxD9s88gv4vfFH6hvPEqBLyLUkOkluL2EfRfbx8brgq824DRUK_ZDJ&sig=AHIEtbSIJZk2xcXhSgfyjuIoab9nfIm0pQ
Hall, T.L. (1996). The Labor of Love. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel.
I turn to them when I feel bad. I also turn to them when I feel like sharing how happy I am. I recognize their growing importance in my life and I am starting to love them even more. I am beginning to care for them more and more. They are not just friends I meet for fun. They are friends who know who I am. They are friends who understand me. They are friends who care for me and love me like my own family loves me.
Now that I am living on my own, without a family of my own, I am beginning to think more seriously of the future. Someday I would like to settle down. I want to have my own family and I do not want to grow old alone. I am starting to look at my relationship with the special person in my life…
With pure love nothing is expected by any of the persons involved. There is no reason for a person falling in love with another person. Love comes with mixed feelings of emotions, intellect, and attraction. Infatuation gives a feeling of being in love by starting with physical attraction to a person. The feeling of being in love is intense, but it is pure like love. Love is a quiet, mature acceptance and understanding of a person's imperfection. When in love, a person has a connection with the other person's soul. This connection goes beyond the self. If the other person does not react in the same way as the infatuated person, the other person becomes jealous. When one is infatuated they only think of them self, it leads to feelings of lust.
Separation causes great pain in both emotions. Time apart between two souls that are truly in love strengthens…
This same dual nature of love is also exposed, with some variation, in other works that deal with slavery and with the later segregation and institutional racism that typified much of American culture. In W.E.B. DubBois' The Souls of Black Folks, the author describes the birth and death of his first-born child in incredibly poignant yet controlled terms, and links these events to the system of racism in which he lived, and which was one generation removed from the slavery of the nineteenth century. The bittersweet quality of this section as a whole is added to by the author's observation that his child "knew no color line," and thus was not tainted by racism (Ch. XI, par. 10). Yet the father's own experience taints his love for his son, serving as a point of small joy and comfort in the witness of his son's death as an infant. There is…
Coltrane's stratospheric flights remain grounded in a concept executed perhaps more perfectly than any since the height of classical recording. Quite to the point, a great many of the progressive, avant garde and psychedelic musicians of the rock era which so greatly proliferated in its creativity during the late 1960s, would cite their aspiration to approach the unity, continuity, focus and cohesiveness of a Love Supreme. Divided into movements called Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm, the work was intended as an expression of the divinity to which Coltrane attributed his musical abilities, his particular insights and the impossible-to-replicate tonality that is his signature.
In this regard, a Love Supreme is a remarkable success, with those who lauded it in its time winning out in the annals of history. Today, it is collectively viewed as a landmark moment in the evolution of modern music; an academic achievement that warrants both considerable…
Ruhlman, W. (2010). John Coltrane. Allmusic.com.
Samuelson, S. (2010). A Love Supreme. Allmusic.com.
He indicates that "we were never lonely and never afraid when
we were together. I know that the night is not the same as the day: that
all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained
in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful
time for lonely people once their loneliness has started."
One is prompted to consider this character relative to another war
time figure of literary note, Hemingway's Jake Barnes. The protagonist of
The Sun Also Rises, he fails to find Henry's redemption and must suffer his
wartime injury of impotence with a staggering loneliness. He faces it with
stoicism and sarcasm, and contrary to Henry, must endure it in the company
of an inconstant and flighty woman. The distinction is significant as
Henry is enabled a transformation to this warmth and companionship never
For example, I love my best friend like a brother. We are always together it seems, and I understand his moods and his needs. I accept him for what he is, good and bad, because I care about him. I think that we tend to be critical of other people, but when we care about them, we get less critical and more accepting. Love makes us more easygoing, I guess.
Love can create many things, it is true, but love can also destroy. Too much overpowering love from a parent or loved one can create a feeling of hopelessness in a person, and it can destroy the love you feel for that person. Romantic love that dies can destroy the trust and love you had for a person, and can break your heart. If you love someone too much, that can destroy you too, because you start to live your…
In the Symposium, Socrates repeats the words of Diotima that love “is of the good’s being one’s own always” (Symposium 268). These words essentially get to the heart of Augustine’s own feelings towards his mother Monica, who would be recognized by the Church as a saint: as Augustine observes, she was faithful to God all her life, dutiful to her husband, careful of her children and always laboring to serve God’s servants. Through her actions she showed herself to be in love with God, full of the spirit of God, and in possession of the good. If love is of the good’s being one’s own always, as Diotima suggested, Monica was certainly the personification of love. This paper will show that Augustine’s conception of love has much more in common with Diotima’s than it has differences, for both get to the heart of love as being a union between…
Problems Associated with the Idealization of Love
As Berardo and Owens point out, “sociologists agree that love is one of the most complex and elusive concepts to deal with from a scientific point of view” (1696). Yet, love is one of the driving forces in culture if not in all of history itself—if poets, artists, and cultural historians are to be any measure (Berardo and Owens). It is underlying current of interactions, of community life—even of fighting and of wars: its presence makes people come together, and its absence draws them apart or pits them at one another, sometimes in vicious and cruel ways. Love is practical and love is ideal and its dimensions and manifestations are as diversely imagined and seen as the history of the human race has been lived. However, with the idealization of love, the concept can often become situated in an unrealistic sphere that…
Berardo, Felix, and Erica Owens. “Love.” Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by Edgar F. Borgatta and Rhonda Montgomery, Montgomery, Macmillan Reference USA, 2000, 1696-1701.
May, Simon. Love: A History, Yale University Press, 2011.
Kluger, Jeffrey. “Why We Love.” Time, vol. 171, no. 4, 28 Jan. 2008, 54-60.
Levine, Stephen B. “What is Love Anyway?” Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, vol. 31, no. 2 (2005), 143-151.
Lewis, Thomas et al. A General Theory of Love. Vintage Books, 2001.
Sternberg, Robert. Cupid’s Arrow: The Course of Love through Time. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
The Essential Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks) is a spiritual epic written by Jelaluddin Rumi (2004), a Muslim Preacher, poet, Sufi mystic and scholar. He was born September 30, 1207, in Balkh (present-day Afghanistan) and died in 1273 in Konya, Turkey (Arberry 27). This paper analyzes how Rumi express mystical love in his writing.
Rumi uses poetry, dance and music to articulate his ethical and spiritual teachings. The main concept in Essentials of Rumi is love. Rumi begins with a reed flute song (Rumi and Barks 17). The reed symbolizes the human soul. The song describes the sadness in souls of human beings caused by separation from the source (God). Because of the separation, human beings live unfulfilled lives and experience feelings of anxiety and boredom. Just as the reed longs to go back to the source, human beings need to reunite with the source. At the source, our lives…
Arberry, A. Mystical Poems of Rumi. PDF file, U of Chicago P, 2010.
\\\\"Mystical Experiences.\\\\" The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, 2 Aug. 2017, www.aiprinc.org/mystical/. Accessed 27 March 2019
Rumi, Jelaluddin, and Coleman Barks. The Essential Rumi. Kindle ed, HaperCollins, 2004.
"Love is not a feeling. It's an ability." -- Peter Hedges
When asked to define "love" in one word, many adjectives come to mind -- wonderful, unconditional, mysterious, and powerful. Love is considered one of the greatest emotions known to human kind and ranges from familial love to romantic devotion to the benign love that exists between good friends (osenburg, 2009). Love can be a sentiment or an action; a noun (love is a many splendored thing) or a verb (love like you've never been hurt). Love creates families, motivates acts of kindness, and inspires people to creativity. We view it as a protective force, such as a mother's love for a child. However, it can also move into more dangerous territory. Thousands perish in wars fought for love of God and country. Truly, there are myriad lens through which to examine this complex concept.
Elliott, M. (2012). The Emotional Core of Love: The Centrality of Emotion in Christian Psychology and Ethics. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(2), 105-117.
love. 2012. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love
Mills, S. (2011). Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement - By Thomas Jay Oord. Religious Studies Review, 37(3), 196. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2011.01532_30.x.
Oord, T. (2012). Love, Wesleyan Theology, and Psychological Dimensions of Both. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(2), 144-156.
Additionally, the power of this poem is that it is universal; rather than being about two specific lovers, it is about romance and indirect -- the trials and tribulations of what lovers might expect: "Love is not all; it is not meat nor drink." Directly after this we are given to a wild oceanic storm, and can picture a man in the sea who is desperately struggling to survive against the dramatic power of nature. As the waves take him down and he struggles to grab hold of something tangible, all he things of is love. "Nor yet a floating spar to men than sink, And rise and sink again." s love a blessing, or is love a curse? t is both -- it is neither.
Word choice is important in this poem to tell the reader that if one must define love only in the logical, one will fail.…
In another way, the poem seems like a journey: if one pictures a wise guru being asked, "Master, what is love?" -- then slowly, as if teaching children, the guru tells the student all the things that love is not, pauses, and then logically says, "ah, but the lack of love causes death." Then continues the story to allow the student to see that there are many things that may not be defined by tactical or logical words or concepts, yet that never diminishes their importance. For Millay, love is the reason to live -- and she reminds us why this remains a universal construct.
St. Vincent Millay, E. (2008). Selected Poetry. New York: Modern Library.
The extent of the hyperbole may not be clear to a modern audience, but ten thousand miles was an almost incomprehensible distance when Burns wrote the poem and would have taken a tremendous amount of time, regardless of method of travel.
In sharp contrast to Burns' poem, Shakespeare's poem makes it clear that he does not believe his love is supernatural. hile many love poems, like Burns' "A Red, Red Rose," describe love as something greater than nature, Shakespeare celebrates the earthly nature of his love. Instead of using commonplace metaphors to exault his lover's beauty, Shakespeare uses these metaphors to demonstrate that his lover is not an exceptional beauty. Her eyes are "nothing like the sun;...her breasts are dun,...black wires grow on her head," and her breath reeks. (Shakespeare). In other words, Shakespeare acknowledges that his lover is simply a woman, not something greater than this earth. In fact,…
Burns, Robert. "A Red, Red Rose." Burns Country. 1794. Robert Burns.org.
21 Apr. 2007 http://www.robertburns.org/works/444.shtml .
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 130." Study Guide to Sonnet 130. Shakespeare Online. 21
Apr. 2007 http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/130detail.html .
Love Triangle Story Lines of Lancelot, Arthur and Guenivere to Tristram, King Mark and Isolde from Malory's Morte Darthur
hen Melanie McGarrahan Gibson says of the "Tale of Sir Gareth" in Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur that "in the happiest ending of all of Morlay's tales, love and marriage triumph" (Gibson 220), she is touching on more than just the wholesome and happy nature of the tale. Though unique in its existence as the "happiest of all of Malory's tales," it is reprehensive of a larger problem within Malory's narrative scheme. The tale itself is one of the steady progresses. After overcoming all obstacles, love and marriage win in the end. This is a romantic sentiment and perhaps it is true to some extent.
The purpose of current research paper is to analysis the two dominant love triangle storylines in Morte Darthur i.e. between Lancelot-Queen Guinevere- Arthur and love triangle…
Archibald, E. "Lancelot of the Laik: Sources, Genre, Reception, the Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend Ed. R. Purdie and N. Royan." Cambridge: Brewer, 2005. 71-82.
Dobbin M.W. "The Women of Malory's -- Morte Darthur -- ," Ph. D. Diss., Athens, University of Georgia. 1987
Duby, G. The Courtly Model, in C. Klapisch-Zuber, ed., "A History of Women. Silence of the Middle Ages," Cambridge (Mass.), Harvard University, 1992 pp. 250 -- 266.
Greenwood, M.K., "Women in Love, or Three Courtly Heroines in Chaucer and Malory: Elaine, Criseyde and Guinevere," in A Wyf There Was. Essays in Honour of Paule Mertens-Fonck, ed. J. Dor, Liege, Liege Language and Literature, 1992 pp. 167-177.
loved one you love them every time before they go to bed or before you leave them, because you never know if it will be the last time you see them alive. Includes standard thesis statement, three-point body, and conclusion. Five sources are used. Cited bibliography.
Three Little ords
Johnny is late for school again. He's always late, and you're exasperated and even angry. He's still looking for his homework while his ride is honking outside the house. 'Hurry up' you say. 'hat am I going to do with you? You're always late.' You're still scolding him as he runs down the sidewalk. Johnny may have forgotten his homework, but you forgot something much more important. hile you're rushing to get ready for work, still putout that he's made you late, you get a call. The call. There's been an accident. No survivors. 'I love you.' Three little words. They…
Gibson, Valerie. "THREE LITTLE WORDS GREATLY UNDERUSED."
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Hannigan, Glenn. "My angel is gone." The Atlanta
Constitution. May 24, 2001; pp A1. http://ask.elibrary.com/getdoc.asp?pubname=The_Atlanta_Constitution&puburl=http~C~~S~~S~stacks.ajc.com&querydocid=:bigchalk:U.S.;Lib&dtype=0~0&dinst=0&author=GLENN+HANNIGAN%2C+Staff&title=%27My+angel+is+gone%27++&date=05%2D24%2D2001&query=love+and+911+tragedy&maxdoc=40&idx=38.(accessed07-01-2002).
In addition, it is the "star to every wandering bark" (7). In "hy Should a Foolish Marriage Vow," the poet claims that marriage is "foolish" (Dryden 1). He also wonders why two people should honor a vow that was made "long ago" (2). In addition, the poet wonders why two people should remain married "hen passion is decay'd" (4). Here we see two very different points-of-view regarding love. Love may seem strong to the poet in "Sonnet 116" but it far from that in "hy Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." hile the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love that is "never shaken" (Shakespeare 6) and is not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "hy Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" declares that love and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). Love is real but love can change.
Sonnet 116" and "hy Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" offers different…
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 116." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publishing Group. 1995.
Dryden, John. "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Poets.org. Online. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16824Site Accessed March 09, 2008.
love" and "falling in love."
From the time that we are infants, we are fed with stories about falling in love, lovers triumphing against all odds, and then living happily ever after. In fact, the same theme is repeated right through the growing up years of childhood and adolescence in all forms of media, be it film, television, music, or books of fiction. As a result, both young men and women alike are almost brainwashed into visualizing an idealized image of the ultimate "falling in love" experience and the woman or man of her or his dreams.
True, there is the usual curiosity, which leads to experimentation and the process of sexual discovery but these sexual skirmishes do not really interfere with the typical hopes cherished about living the ultimate romantic dream. Indeed, adolescence is characterized by most teenagers in love with the idea of falling in love. Unfortunately, this…
Somehow this is an explanation of what love is, paradoxical. This paradox between the sublime relationship of sex to love and to procreation is all one in this small poem and is the true meaning the poet is conveying.
Fergus is at once the symbol and personification of this in the poem, "this blessing love gives again into our arms." (Meyers __) Referring to the love they have shared for each other and the love that is now their child. The meaning here is at once figurative and literal, here is a sense of spiritual love between them all, and the physical presence of their bodies, both at first as a couple making love and then experiencing their child between them as the symbolic and literal result of that love.
There is also a counter play between the innocence of a child and the experience of an adult. In the…
Meyer, Michael. Thinking and Writing About Literature: A Text and Anthology, Second Edition.
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Streng, Frederick J. "Three Approaches to Authentic Existence: Christian, Confucian, and Buddhist." Philosophy East & West 32.4 (1982): 371-392.
Love Poem" John Frederick Nims info authors life included literary criticism poem. essay a strong consistent thesis statement, written 3rd person
John Frederick Nims' poem "Love Poem" makes it possible for readers to understand that a love poem does not necessarily need to incorporate traditional concepts in order for it to be successful in sending the right messages. Nims' understanding of love appears to be much more complex in comparison to typical love-related feelings present in most poems. The poet wishes to surprise by putting across his strongest feelings and it is very likely that he wants readers to understand that loving words are not always enough to put across one's love. The lover that this poem is dedicated to is human and in spite of the fact that some might consider this to be a flaw, the poet intends to raise people's awareness regarding the perfection related to being…
Nims, John Frederick, "Love Poem"
he author then proceeds to contradict himself or herself by referring to the Black Eyed Peas as mainstream. So, are the Black Eyed Peas up-and-coming or mainstream? Moreover, the author contends that it was refreshing to have a "mainstream music group" release a song with a positive message when the music the band was not considered to be mainstream until the release of "Where is the Love?" And the release of their third studio album.
he essay is also heavily biased against hip-hop, or at least it appears to be, through the arguments made the song is influential because the Black Eyed Peas were able to convey such a message through hip-hop music when hip-hop artists "are stereotyped as thugs who only talk about money, sex, and guns." By arguing hip-hop artists are negatively stereotyped without explaining that hip-hop is not limited to these views and the term can also…
The essay is also full of false and biased statements. For instance, the author contends the Black Eyed Peas were an up-and-coming hip-hop group at the time the song was released when, in fact, they had been around since 1995 and had released two albums prior to the 9/11 attacks. The author then proceeds to contradict himself or herself by referring to the Black Eyed Peas as mainstream. So, are the Black Eyed Peas up-and-coming or mainstream? Moreover, the author contends that it was refreshing to have a "mainstream music group" release a song with a positive message when the music the band was not considered to be mainstream until the release of "Where is the Love?" And the release of their third studio album.
The essay is also heavily biased against hip-hop, or at least it appears to be, through the arguments made the song is influential because the Black Eyed Peas were able to convey such a message through hip-hop music when hip-hop artists "are stereotyped as thugs who only talk about money, sex, and guns." By arguing hip-hop artists are negatively stereotyped without explaining that hip-hop is not limited to these views and the term can also be used to define a specific music style or a lifestyle.
I believe the paper could have made a greater impact on the reader if the author explained what about the song was especially influential and how it appealed to listeners to take a closer look at their surroundings. I also think that the author should have explained why the song was so important to the band, and more specifically, how the song transformed the band. In order to strengthen the arguments made in the paper, I would suggest the author consider how the paper is structured, present the argument from a more formal perspective, provide citations for claims made, and make sure the essay is free of grammatical errors, which detract from the point that the author is trying to get across.
ove ucy" Analysis
I ove ucy was an outstanding 1950's sitcom that ultimately supported 1950's non-threatening gender roles. Though the show differed from other 1950's sitcoms in that ucy was a 40+-year-old physical comedian married to a Cuban, ucy still supported the mainstream idea that a wife should be happy at home, doing housework and subservient to her husband. ucy's attempts to leave the mainstream by seeking a career in "show business" against her husband's wishes or seeking a job "outside the home" generally ended in comical disaster and sent the clear message that ucy and her audience were better off in their traditional gender roles.
ucy's character is quite a bit like other TV housewives of the 1950s in some respects, yet quite different in other respects. June Cleaver (Gelman, 2012), Kathy Thomas (Plath, Make room for daddy, 2008), Margaret Anderson (Plath, Father knows best (TV series) - DVD…
Lucy's character is quite a bit like other TV housewives of the 1950s in some respects, yet quite different in other respects. June Cleaver (Gelman, 2012), Kathy Thomas (Plath, Make room for daddy, 2008), Margaret Anderson (Plath, Father knows best (TV series) - DVD review, 2008) and Lucy were all attractive, housebound, knew how to dress attractively, did housework and were subservient to their husbands. Those were supposedly the ideal traits of the 1950's housewife and Lucy often showed that she was a mainstream housewife in those respects. At the same time, Lucy was quite different. For example, Lucille Ball was the only physical comedian: much of the comedy in I Love Lucy was based on her physical comedic skills and willingness to look messy and ridiculous. Lucy also differed in that she had a constant sidekick played by Vivian Vance, who was also a skilled physical comedian and accomplished actress. Lucy was also more ambitious than the other housewives in that she actively sought a career outside her home and sang, danced and performed comedy skits within the show. Finally, Lucy was married to a Cuban rather than a standard white guy, which opened the comedy to additional bits and themes based on Ricky Ricardo's ethnicity.
"I Love Lucy" was very successful during such a conservative time in terms of proper gender representations because the show ultimately upheld those representations: Lucy was within the mainstream in that she was attractive, knew how to dress well, was housebound, did housework and was ultimately subservient to her husband; whenever Lucy and Ethel ventured outside of the mainstream by looking for a job, the results were disastrous and comical; whenever Lucy ventured outside of the mainstream by trying to break into "show business" against Ricky's wishes, the results were disastrous and comical; whenever Ricky and Fred tried to venture outside of the mainstream by doing "women's work" such as housework, the results were disastrous and comical. For example, when Lucy and Ethel go to work in the "Job Switching" episode, they are fired from every job at the candy factory and ultimately end up in a very comical scene at the conveyor belt because they cannot keep up with the fast tempo of regular work (YouTube, 2010). At the same time, Ricky and Fred are completely incompetent and ignorant at all the types of housework shown in that episode, ultimately attempting to boil 4 lbs. Of rice at once in a single pot (YouTube, 2010). I Love Lucy gave a clear message: venture outside of traditional gender roles and the results will be disastrous and comical.
Lucy's character was non-threatening to 1950's society because she supported the "TV housewife" stereotype. She was mainstream by being attractive, knowing how to dress, primarily engaging in housework and ultimately being subservient to her husband. In addition, her
On page 157 Dennis wonders if Sir Ambrose is going to be his 'first penitent', even though in actuality Dennis is not even a real cleric as of yet, and does not really intend to be.
One of the funniest parts of the book comes at the very end. Earlier, Dennis had quoted a number of fine examples of the cards that were delivered on a yearly basis to the owners of the pets being interred, buried or burned at the Happier Hunting Grounds. It was as if little Fifi was returning from the dead on an annual pilgrimage of thankfulness for the care and love of former employers.
Upon discovering that Aimee in a fit of despair had taken her own life, and that neither he nor Mr. Joyboy would be able to have a further communications with her, Dennis accomplishes the ultimate in English irony which was to…
Journal Part 2
Odysseus is obviously the protagonist of the story -- seeing as how it's got his name on it -- but is he a hero? Would he be considered a hero today, based on contemporary standards? What evidence can you find to support both sides (heroic and not heroic)?
Odysseus takes revenge upon the suitors occupying his house, both the good and the bad, and he is not condemned for this by the author. Homeric Greece was a pre-Christian 'dog eat dog' society very different from our own. Odysseus is avenging the will of the gods as well as his own honor and his wife and house's honor, given that it was considered a sin to act in an inhospitable manner to a host. A hero today would likely show more mercy -- and also be physically faithful to Penelope. But Odysseus has an almost 'action hero' like…
Share the experience of watching the sunset over Lake Havasu.
Hearing and learning the unique stories and interesting facts about the lake and its surrounding sceneries only enhance the sunset sight-seeing activity. This will be a fun and romantic way to enjoy the afternoon.
To cap off the romantic day, you can catch a romantic movie at Movie Havasu. The movie, Time Traveler's Wife is currently being shown. Like all other women, Filipinas like romantic movies. Try to take note and remember the parts which she liked and enjoy the movie with her so that you can talk or laugh about it in later conversations.
A visit to the Lake Havasu Museum of History is also an off-beat way of enjoying an afternoon which can also be turned into a fun experience. It is not a very romantic activity but learning about the history of Lake Havasu might provide an…
love you but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter offers a brief look at one of the most exciting and incredible occupations, spies. A young spy-in-training by the name of Cammie Morgan is stuck between a "rock and a hard place" as she attempts to live her life at Gallagher Academy and deal with a romantic awakening. Not only is her crush interest a boy outside of the spy world, but he's a regular, normal, average guy. The book does a great job of not only showing the explosive and genius level world of spies, but it also shows a young girl and her battles with love. The lesson learned from this book is how to be honest and truthful even when hiding an important secret. That is, reveal actual details from one's life rather than just maing up stories.
Cammie is a student from Gallagher Academy…
For instance, in Descartes' The Passions of the Soul, his "moral concerns lead him to describe the passion of love as altruistic and involving self-sacrifice [but] his general account of passions, however, suggests that all passions (including love) spring from and promote self-interest," leading to a seeming contradiction and debate that ultimately only serves to reinforce outdated notions of love (Frierson 314). This kind of debate around love has allowed different groups, with religions foremost among them, to use love as a means of controlling the populace and their interpersonal lives.
By suggesting that love requires self-sacrifice, one may use another's love in order to get them to do things that they would normally reject outright, and by simultaneously claiming that love stems from some sort of nearly-uncontrollable passion, one may use love as a means of shaming individuals. By describing love solely as the emotions felt and the chemical…
Frierson, Patrick. "Learning to Love: From Egoism to Generosity in Descartes." Journal of the History of Philosophy. 40.3 (2002): 313-338. Print.
Gottschall, Jonathan, and Marcus NordlandLast. "Romantic Love: A Literary Universal? ."
Philosophy and Literature. 30.2 (2006): 450-470. Print.
Schaefer, Naomi. "I Do…for Now." Nation Review. 2002: 1-4.
Tales of love begin with the creation of humans, and continue to the graphic media driven "reality TV" shows that televise the private lives of the bachelor and bachelorette and all the people competing for their love. Love is a feeling everyone can relate to, but it is unlikely most people would claim to understand love. ithin almost every literary genre there are myths about love that fuel ideals that are rarely if ever realized. There is no place where this is truer than in the stories of mythology.
The perpetual love myths that exist in classical mythology demonstrate ideals that are confronted even today by individuals searching for love today. The ideals of love that will be explored in this work are: love at first sight, the myth of one true love and the human phenomenon of over idealizing unobtainable love. The stories of classical mythology charter the…
The objective of this study is to consider how the language, arrangement and general compositional strategies of the text in the Quran result in a particular understanding of Allah's love of man and man's love of Allah.
For the reader of the Quran who has never encountered the writings love may not be at first obvious to the reader. However, when better understanding the context of the Quran and the meaning that hit holds for believers of the Muslim faith, it is clear that love is interwoven throughout the entirety of the Quran.
Love of God for Humans
According to the work of Ghazali the love of God for human beings in the Quran is God drawing people "nearer to Himself by warding off distractions and sins from [them]…"( Ghazi, 2012, p.12) The word 'mahabbah' is used for 'love' in the statement as follows:
"In its ordinary use, 'love'…
Ghazi, HRH Prince (2012) Love in the Holy Quran. Revised 6th Ed. Retrieved from: http://main.altafsir.com/LoveInQuranIntroEn.asp#.UwXan_ldUtQ.
Where is the Love in the Quran? (2014) On Islam. Retrieved from: http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-about-islam/ethics-and-values/muslim-character/168414-wheres-the-love-in-the-quran.html
Mahally, F. (nd) A study of the word "love" in the Qur'an. Retrieved from: http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Themes/love.htm
Both of these focus on the categories of Eros, Storge and Ludus. Eros refers to a type of passionate love. Storge is the opposite of eros, and is more of a companionate love, or strong friendship and is more likely to develop in communities where choice of partner is not high and where marrying for love is not common. Ludus is the final type of love and refers to a kind of playful love, or the type of love you have when you fall in love but it remains playful. Thus, there are many similarities between this typology theory of love and Sternberg's triangular theory of love. They both can create types of love, and Eros, Storge and Ludus can certainly find their counterparts in Sterberg's typologies. The difference between these theories lies in the methodology our reliability of the theory. Sternberg does more than just describe types of love,…
" By the contrast of describing her love for him as great and as far as heaven and yet as simple and down-to-earth as a "quiet need, by sun and candlelight" she brings love down to the fact that all people need love.
And then she goes on to describe her love as freedom, "I love thee freely, as men strive for ight" and purity, "I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise." It seems as though she is proclaiming not only her freedom in loving obert but that she freely loves him and purely.
In the next lines she speaks of this love as a renewal of herself and, in a sense, she feels reborn from her "old griefs" and, again she speaks of her love as pure "…and with my childhood's faith." She also speaks of being once lost, "I love thee with a love I seemed…
Author Unknown. "Unit 2: Reading British Literature- the Voices of England." (1990).
Accessed from: http://www.pass.leon.k12.fl.us/All%20Books/2e%20Eng%20IV%20SB%20Unit%202%2081-92.pdf. 30 Oct 2009.
Mermin, Dorothy "Elizabeth Barrett Browning Through 1844: Becoming a Woman Poet." Studies in English Literature (Rice) 26.4 (1986): 713. Academic Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 30 Oct. 2009.
In my fist yea of college, I enjoyed an extemely passionate love elationship. We met duing feshman oientation and ou initial chemisty was instant as well as mutual. Actually, on the night we met he "escued" me, so to speak, because one of the guys fom my domitoy floo was annoying me by the way he ignoed all of my vey obvious signals that I was not paticulaly inteested in talking to him.
I smiled the fist time he looked at me, but to be pefectly honest, I would have smiled at almost anybody at that moment, because I was tying (unsuccessfully) to discouage the guy who would not leave me alone. The idea was simply to hint at the idea that I was not inteested in him by making eye contact with someone else. My (eventual) boyfiend was vey polite about it, but afte we smiled at…
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Interpretations of Ovid's Love Stories
The first story from Ovid's Metamorphoses to be interpreted is "Echo and Narcissus." There are some traditional elements to the story as a love story paradigm. There are stories of "boy meets girl" and often part of that story is that one or both of the romantic leads like each other, but have difficulty synching together to have a romantic interlude. Narcissus calls out to Echo in the woods for them to meet together. She is excited but she can only repeat the last phrase or so of what Narcissus says, keeping them from meeting together. In another way, the story is a traditional love story, in that the girl loses the boy. What is non-traditional is that the girl loses the boy to himself. Narcissus sees his reflection in water while roaming the forest and falls in love with himself. Thus, this is…
controversy with regard to love, as its complexity can make individuals have completely different perspectives on the concept. Love versus intimacy addresses the idea of feelings being owed primarily to two people liking the thought of being together as a result of the physical attraction between them. To a certain degree this type of love can be considered in a context involving instinct -- the two individuals are fueled by their sexual thinking and believe that it would be in their best interest to be together. Behavioral and physical elements of attraction play an important role at this point, as the connection between two individuals occurs instantaneously.[footnoteRef:1] [1: Rilke, R. M. "Letters to a Young Poet." p. 64.]
hen considering love versus attachment, this type of association can be stronger, as the two individuals experience an emotional connection at this moment. One can regard this as a classical form of…
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In order to answer the question of what 'love' means to Plato/Socrates in the Symposium, the most important aspect is to explain how the other participants define it before Socrates weighs in with his more philosophical and spiritual explanation. All of these participants are wealthy, privileged young men from the aristocratic class, except of course for Socrates who comes from the artisan class. They are arrogant, shallow, and narcissistic, and mainly in love with themselves, and also define love as Eros or erotic, physical and sexual experiences, and of course love of money, fame and physical beauty. Sometimes they also realize that philos or friendship can also be a form of love, with which Socrates certainly agrees, although he then carries it to the higher level of agape or universal and God-like benevolence, understanding and virtue. Instead of democracy, they would prefer Athens to be governed by an…
Gil, Christopher. Plato: The Symposium. Penguin Classics, 1999.
Love Yous are for hite People
Lac SU begins the first chapter with his recollection of his family's escape from Vietnam when he was five years old. From the very beginning he manages to highlight some of the realities of his life there with his family. Though his father was forcing him and his three-year-old sister to run fast, he mentions he was happy because at least he was spending some time with Pa. It is clear that the difficult life they had in Vietnam kept his father away from the family most of the time. As we read further, Su offers details of their pre-escape life in Vietnam. His father fought against the Communists and their city was later taken over by them. So, they were trying to survive under harsh conditions. Su's environment was filled with violence from his childhood. He vividly explains those perhaps to build a…
Su, Lac. I Love Yous Are for White People: A Memoir. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009. Print.
loved to discover how gadgets in the world worked. My parents quickly realized how intuitively I took to the various challenges of my childhood, and gently guided me down the path of engineering. In high school I studied chemistry, and I was fascinated by the possibilities of chemical engineering. From fuel cell technology to metallurgy to oil refinement, I find that a significant portion of the future of humanity lies in this field. I have been interested in chemical engineering since I read about the Manhattan Project in the United States in the 1940s, which is a scientific project that changed the world dramatically. I entered college and went on to study chemical engineering, growing both my interest in the field as well as my knowledge and technical ability.
I studied both theory and practice, and received a well-rounded introduction to the field of engineering. I learn best when I…
love biking but have, unfotunately, gone though seveal diffeent bikes in my life. Some of them have been stolen, othes have been lost, othes have just boken down and the cost of epaiing them has been too geat. Usually, I go fo the cheapest bikes that I can busy, staight out fom some supemaket package, but this time I am intending to spend my had-eaned money in a beatific model, something like Tek o Raleigh. I have been peusing consumeist's magazines fo months ahead of time and am finally eady to make my puchase. I am intending to use pobability concepts to help me.
This is what I will do:
I only have a limited amount of places to choose fom.
The fist place is a second-hand stoe. Thee is 'subjective' pobability' and thee is 'objective' pobability; likely, my judgment will be made fom a combination of both: the objective…
references or procrastinate with buying until the recession is over.
I can break down the above further in a longer version called Bayes Theorem.
To help me make the correct business decision (since all these different places are trying to persuade me to buy their bike), I can use a tabular approach. Here I detail the situation by comparing bikes from the 2nd hand store (A) to the bikes that I saw on Craig's List (B, as see fig.1.:
Fig. 1: Assessment of Bikes.
The only thing that is missing is the freedom to make that choice, the freedom to do it without pain or sacrifice. But freedom always comes with a price, especially for women. In the process of gaining her choice, Ada loses a finger, loses her piano, and almost loses her life.
We have to also look at history in the film. The Piano seems historically correct because women didn't have the right to choose their mates during this time. Love almost always came at some price. Ada chose to express her love the only way she knew how -- through her piano. But she is not making the right choice, because in the process she is sacrificing herself. She is unable to stand up for what is right because the pain is too great and too lonely to bear.
While I think Hook's view of male supremacy seems somewhat harsh,…
Creation ithout Love: The Problem of Frankenstein
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein assumes the role of God by attempting to create new life. He is not, however, prepared for the consequences, and the outward hideousness of his creation compels him to reject the monster. Inwardly, Frankenstein's monster possesses a soul and longs for love and learning. The fact that he must seek both surreptitiously (and is yet still rejected) compels him to lash out -- both at society and at his creator. Along the way, the monster identifies with Milton's Satan -- another creature who lashed out at his creator after feeling spurned. This paper will show how Frankenstein's monster feels rejected by "god" (both the actual God of creation and also Frankenstein in the role of creator-god for the Creature) and how this leads to tragic consequences -- namely, both Frankenstein's and the monster's eventual isolation and death…
Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Poetry Foundation. Web.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. UK: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.
Emotions of Love and Lust in the orks of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo is easily one of the major figures of world literature. Hugo has been responsible for painting some of the most compelling portraits of the struggle of the human condition and how certain emotional conditions continue to subsist among untold levels of depravity and suffering. One can examine The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables as portraits of not only human suffering but as literary demonstrations of how even lust can continue to subsist throughout the human condition even when under intense strain. This paper will examine how Hugo is able to showcase the carnal longings of humanity throughout those works.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame demonstrates two different types of lust, emotional lust and sensual lust (Chris, 2010). Emotional lust in this case is first represented by the words and actions by the gypsy Esmeralda and…
Chris, T. (2010, November 10). Two Kinds of Lust: Lessons from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Retrieved from Wordpress.com: http://mytwocents.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/two-kinds-of-lust-lessons-from-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame/
Grossman, K. (1994). Figuring Transcendence in Les Miserables: Hugo's Romantic Sublime. Springfield: SIU Press.
Hugo, V. (2010). Les Miserables. London: Courier Dove Publications.
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Screwtape and Lear: hat Both Say About Duty and Christian Love
The underlying perspective that both King Lear and The Screwtape Letters share may be called a Christian perspective, in which duty, humility and sacrifice are indirectly valued as the best ideals, though, of course, Screwtape also notes that "duty comes before pleasure" (Lewis 21). hile Cordelia represents Christ in Lear, the ordeals of ormwood's patient resemble the crisis of identity that Lear suffers. The relationship between sanity and goodness is established in both works, and that relationship serves to underscore the main theme which is the greatness of Christian living and the tragedy and violence that results from unchristian living. The texts thus serve to complement one another and both agree on man's place in society (which is that he should subordinate himself to God rather than to Self or appetite or Satanic pride, etc.). So while the material…
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New Criticism and Eliot's Prufrock
Eliot's use of tone, imagery and symbol in "Prufrock" allows him to create a poem that does two things at once: on the one hand it mocks modern culture and on the other hand it impresses upon the reader the fact that it is okay to reject all of this and search for the deeper somethingness -- that higher question that no one seems to want to ask. This paper will show how the poem uses irony, tone, image and symbol to convey a sense of the emptiness of modern culture to the reader using a seductive, fun, hypnotic way with words.
The tone of Eliot's "Prufrock" is overwhelmingly ironic: the poem plays up the tone of triviality while simultaneously skewering the triviality of the characters it describes. The poem lures the reader to the precipice of sanity -- pointing out the insanity and utter…
Altieri, Charles. "Objective Image and Act of Mind in Modern Poetry." PMLA, vol. 91,
no. 1 (Jan., 1976): 101-114.
McNamara, Robert. "Prufrock and the Problem of Literacy." Contemporary Literature, vol. 27, no. 3 (Autumn, 1986): 356-377.
Smith, Gerald. "Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Explicator, vol. 21, no. 2
Modern America lacks a true love ethic. riters like M. Scott Peck and Bell Hooks argue that our confusion about love stems from an inability to see love as an action rather than a noun, and the confusion of romance and sex with love. Instead, they argue that true love is based on choice and the desire to nurture the self or another spiritually.
Hooks specifically argues that much of our confusion about love stems from our paternalistic culture that teaches men that to love is to be weak and inferior. As such, love has become associated with what is feminine and weak in our culture. In their works, June Jordan and Sonia Sanchez describe the gamut of what is considered love in our culture, from the sensual and romantic, to the understanding that love of humanity can help create a more meaningful and functional relationship with ourselves, others,…
Jordan, June. 2003. Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays. BasicCivitas Books
Hooks, Bell. 2001. All About Love: New Visions. Perennial.
Peck, M. Scott. 2003. The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth. Touchstone Books.
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Love is a word that is often overused and sometimes underappreciated. And despite the confusion some people have in separating romantic love from sensual pleasure, or real love from friendship -- love is among the most powerful ideas in the world. Given all the tension and hatefulness in the world, it is the opinion of this paper that any love is good love, no matter how bizarre or byzantine it may appear to society.
The widely diverse and dissimilar kinds of love that writer Raymond Carver alludes to in his short story simply reflect the vast chasm between one personality and the next. It may seem blatantly obvious to say this, but individual approaches to love -- and reflections on love -- are of course based on each person's life experiences. Bob Dylan wrote a song -- "Love is Just a Four-Letter ord" -- that has an ironic twist to…
Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. New York: Random
Love Actually is a course that teaches students to understand and appreciate the various facets of love from a variety of different perspectives. The course is stratified according to the different weeks it runs, with each week presenting a different theme related to the notion of love. In this way, students can get a more comprehensive understanding of love from a variety of approaches that can collectively influence their regard for this force in the world today.
The focus of the first week of this class is an overview of the very notion of love itself. It is critically to denote that love actually implies a degree of intimacy with others, which is demonstrable via the "bond" of romantic mating 1. Of course, there are numerous degrees of intimacy with which one can have with others -- which means that there are numerous varieties or shades of love. Perhaps a…
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1. Daniel Mendelsohn, "But Enough about Me," New Yorker, January 25, 2010, 68.
Love is a universal theme, and can be found in multiple art forms including painting, poetry, and music. One of the most common romantic expressions and symbols of love is the kiss. In 1907, Gustav Klimt painted "The Kiss," perhaps his most famous painting characterized not only by its subject of a man kissing a woman but also its use of gold paint and Art Nouveau style. In 1939, poet Stephen Dunn published "The Kiss," which conveys a similar type of eroticism as Klimt's painting. Finally, in 1986, Prince produced one of his most famous songs and videos, "Kiss." All three of these kiss themed works of art convey the theme of erotic and sensual love, which is a common theme in the humanities.
The earliest of these three works of art is Gustav Klimt's painting "The Kiss." This painting is unique because it almost appears like a collage, the…