Personal happiness and social obligation are always on the opposing end of the spectrum. They can also be one in the same. Literatures written over time express social obligation over personal happiness or personal happiness over social obligation, such works include “The Love Suicides of Amijima” by Chikamatsu Monzaemon and an excerpt from Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A vindication of the rights of woman”. These two stories are distinctly different in which they show more favoritism towards. Monzaemon’s play has a perpetual sadness issued by the fact that personal happiness caused the downfall of many characters.
Fitzgerald sets his story in the 1920s, an era of excessive entertainment, prosperity, and greed. Throughout the novel, we are able to see how the lives of all these characters revolve around wealth, power, and social acceptance. Fitzgerald struggles to prove that even though love seems to be there, it is miserable, materialistic, and an illusion. Throughout the novel, all these characters struggle immensely in hopes of obtaining love and affection, so much that they do not realize that it only leads to misery. All these characters that associated with what they call love, were unfaithful, so they often found themselves miserable.
Miles was cowardly while asking for Priscilla’s hand in marriage. Ichabod was quiet and meek, while Brom was loud and bold. All these relationships were great examples of the strong feeling in books and poem written in that time. After evaluating the different courtships and their results, we have come to a conclusion that all these men are very different, yet very alike. Each man who won the heart of his beloved woman had courage; the men who lost the heart of their ladies, lacked boldness.
In the Sula novel by Toni Morrison many great themes has been discussed, that most of them were related to feminism and women 's rights. Marriage is one of the obvious themes that were discussed in the novel. In this novel, marriage has been discussed in different sides. Also, Marriage is shown as a process that is lacking of happiness and interest. Two marriage processes which were Eva with Boy Boy and Nel with Jude Greene have been shown in this novel, but the divorce was the sad ending of the both marriages.
We live in a society that has increasingly demoralizes love, depicting it as cruel, superficial and full of complications. Nowadays it is easy for people to claim that they are in love, even when their actions say otherwise, and it is just as easy to claim that they are not when they indeed are. Real love is difficult to find and keeping it alive is even harder, especially when one must overcome their own anxieties and uncertainties to embrace its presence. This is the main theme depicted in Russell Banks’ short story “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story,” as well as in Richard Bausch’s “The Fireman’s Wife.” These narratives, although similar in some ways, are completely different types of love stories. “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story” is the tale of a young, handsome man who has an affair with, and ends up falling for, “the homeliest woman he has ever seen” but refuses to admit to others and himself that he loves her.
Although it isn’t his most famous play it is his most popular “domestic tragedy.” The Love Suicides is actually based on a true story of two young lovers who committed “shinju”, double suicide, right before it was written. His play became so famous that it started to inspire others to perform shinju. In hopes to prevent any more casualties, the Tokugawa government started to ban the use of the word shinju in the titles of plays. Even after all the hiatus this play has become a favorite of Japan. Just like the term “Romeo and Juliet”, “Ohatsu and Tokubei” has become a synonym for a pair of ill-fated
In the end, the book had multiple stories about love and happiness, but jealousy seemed to be one of the important themes. It created chaos, ruined other's lives, and caused trouble throughout our myths. That emotion proves how powerful it can be, and what destructive effects come from it. Although many stories were of Hera and Zeus, it backs up the idea that no matter how many times one experiences jealousy, the feeling is just as strong as the last. In Mythology, jealousy cause someone to make irreversible
Nick Brauer Intro to Lit Professor Soderberg 18 March 2018 Song of Solomon Argument When love is supposed to embody the ideas of happiness, bliss, and serenity, it is so commonly forgotten that not far outside the ideas of love is hate and pain. In Song of Solomon, love is one of the most powerful and evident emotions present in the novel. Throughout the novel, many characters develop or continue loving relationships that help bind them together. However, love is a very binding emotion, yet it can also be detrimental to one’s morality, happiness, and self-esteem. Sometimes love and hate become such a blur that it becomes indistinguishable.
All of these characters have good and bad qualities that are being compared all throughout the story. Yet without the direct characterization by Shakespeare through juxtapositions the feelings and actions that lead to the tragic death of both Romeo and Juliet would be unknown. Juxtapositions enables us to connect their feelings to their actions. The story of these two star-crossed lovers who believed they could not live without each other, would be confusing and lack common sense without seeing how they were torn between these desire for love and passion and their lack
Love: is it human’s greatest success or human’s greatest flaw? Are we as humans so pulled towards the false ideology of what love is supposed to be like that we completely lose sight of who we are as people in the process and willing to go to great, dangerous lengths to attain this unachievable love? We are forced to ponder this question as we are taken through a journey of love in both the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, and also William Shakespeare’s play, Othello. Readers are shown through both the novel and the play of the lives of the men who are so different yet portrayed as the same kind of fools in love—the dashing Jay Gatsby of West Egg and the Lieutenant Othello of Cyprus—in these tragedies that love is not just what