In the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, love is highlighted as exclusiveness in some cases, and in other cases is shown as both constructive and destructive to different relationships. In Michael and Leoni’s instance, their relationship is toxic and exclusive. This means that they can’t find anyone else to be with when they are feeling empty or distressed. In Jojo and Kayla and Jojo and Pop’s instance, their relationships are positive. Kayla lacks a mother figure and a guardian, so Jojo works to support her.
Laws according to this period also diminished the values of women and their promiscuity. This allowed the husbands to recover “damages” from their wives’ lovers conveyed and reinstated the idea that women were property. Considering that they were property, any sexual relations with anyone but the husband would lower the value of the women in the eyes of society, as a result. Although passionlessness has many negative effects on a women’s sexuality, it has some advantages for women. “Acceptance of the idea of passionlessness created sexual solidarity among women; it allowed women to consider their love relationships with one another of higher character than heterosexual relationships” (Cott 233).
Love is a complicated concept in this world that people frequently experience in their lifetime. In her essay, “Love’s Vocabulary,” Diane Ackerman explores the beautiful idea of love and describes love in many creative ways with insightful words. Out of all the things she compares love to, her most excellent comparison is with an “intoxicant,” a substance that has the power to cause people to lose control of their behavior. This comparison expresses many truths about love because, like an intoxicant, love is an influential force that is comprised of numerous elements and comes in many different types. Ackerman’s choice of comparing love to a word with such negative connotation is wise, for it implies that love can be so strong to the extent
Love is something that is hard to find and when most people find it, they don’t know what to do with it. In Alain de Botton’s “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”, he discusses how people find relationships depending on the types of relationships people have as children. This is different from the beliefs of Marguerite Fields, who believes the typical idea of love and marriage, which is that two strangers can meet and fall in love and have a ‘happily ever after’. Because De Botton thinks that familiarity is mainly what we seek in relationships, he would probably agree with most of Fields’ points about love. However, he seems to have a strong opinion about marriage and why he believes it’s wrong, which might make him reject Fields' quest for
In “Heloise & Abelard: Love Hurts”, Cristina Nehring points out that people today do not value romanticism as an admirable element of love, but become more self-centered and try to avoid hurts that love is attached to. People think romanticism is archaic. Therefore, Nehring illustrates that, “The story of Abelard and Heloise hardly resonates with the spirit of our age.” However, I disagree with Nehring’s point.
Before, love seemed to be unconditional. My grandmother’s generation lives in a world of “we”. It was never about just “me” or “I”, it was about “we” and “us”. She holds onto old friendships and doesn’t think about just herself. However, in the newer generations there is a “me” mindset.
Through her explanation of love and her interpretation of mankind’s natural pull to the concept of immortality, Diotima effectively explained the difference between being loved and being a lover. The concept of being a lover requires that individuals are responsible for the development of not only themselves, but for their contemporaries and for future generations in order to keep our fundamental nature alive; possessing the good forever through
The ambassador’s wife exclaimed at dinner, “Love match! What antediluvian ideas you have! Who talks of love nowadays?” This blatant opinion deals with the changing social ideals about love and marriages. Falling in love, marrying for love, and being truly devoted to the person you marry was a foreign concept – looked down upon by many, since it was a Western tradition, and one that few think would withstand long-term struggles of life.
“Sonnets from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barret Browning and “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald both focus heavily on love and all that encompasses it, but that’s not all that they are about there is so much more than that. They are concerned with mortality, not being able to move on from the past, being able to be more than what society limits us to. Both writers use love at times as a focal point for these other concerns that they assess through their literary works, it is through love that these concerns are presented. Throughout all of history humans have been concerned with their mortality, I mean who in this room wants to die and see what’s next? Who would take the gamble?
In The Thirteenth Night, “love” is tied to the social institutions of marriage and family. The protagonist Oseki is stuck in a loveless marriage as a divorce would not only result in her losing her son, but her family would lose
In an array of behaviors, it is evident that she is not truly invested in Mr. Kip and that she is dating someone merely because she has to. If she is to remain single, people would look at her as if there is something wrong with her to not attract someone else. These actions are done due to the imposed standards for women in society, thus obligating her to do what she necessarily doesn’t want to do. In addition, this follows up on her appearance, in both the way she presents herself as a person and in the physical attributes she acquires, it is purely synthetic and these actions are all done to appease her lover. Gillian exemplifies the idea that when “men act and women appear.
The text of this book begins with philosophical question such as what is love, can the world survive without it? Probably not! The book is challenging this axiom in stressing that the world is being cocooned into the thought that the Greek word “Eros” meaning “love” is a true love for the modern society. The author, in this respect, has methodically put together a popular thought for pondering without provoking thought.
With this viewpoint, the only things necessary for love and other emotions are the chemicals and neurotransmitters that are released. In a similar manner, marriage and human sexuality also become degraded through this scientific perspective, since sex now only remains an urge which people have. By reducing sex, marriage also becomes negated since nothing remains sacred about human sexuality with one’s spouse, the main feature of the sacrament of marriage. Therefore, the bonds of