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.
Cyrano de bergerac by Edmond Rostand is a romantic play that shows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac, Christian de Neuvillette and De Guiche and their love for Roxane. Rostand is able to relate this to real life because he is able to show many problems that people face such as insecurity about their body like Cyrano, as well as insecurity about their intelligence like Christian. Rostand also is able to relate it to real life by displaying love at first sight planning a perfect future with someone you just meet or do not know very well like Christian and Roxane relationship. As well as the other relationship problems, He also uses De Guiche in a way that is similar to people forcing relationships on one another and how they usually turn out. In
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford once said, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. The meaning of this quote is that beauty exists only in the mind of the person that contemplates it. This correlates with the beginning of the love shared by the main characters in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Born from opposing families, Romeo and Juliet fall in love, but cannot be together because of their family feud. Their love begins from the moment they meet, and just upon looking at each other, they instantly fall in love.
All of these touchy subjects use humor as a mechanism to cope, allowing humor to tell a sad story. A prominent example in the story was Brod. “[Brod] had to satisfy herself with the idea of love—loving the loving of things whose existence she didn't care at all about. Love itself became the object of her love” (80). She had experienced many life difficulties and hardships which contributed to her hopelessness of finding and having love.
In films and literature, darkness often represents fear and misery, whereas light portrays joy and cheerfulness. Shakespeare undoubtedly utilizes these connotations in his tragedy Romeo and Juliet, as light imagery is used in order to establish joyous atmospheres and display the elation of being in love, whereas dark imagery is used to create tension and portray the distress that love can inflict. Thus, through Shakespeare’s use of light and dark imagery in Romeo and Juliet, it is undeniable that he effectively creates atmosphere and reinforces the theme of love as a source of joy and pain. Firstly, light imagery is used in pursuance of establishing a romantic atmosphere, whereas dark imagery is employed in order to generate suspense. Throughout the play, Romeo frequently describes Juliet as a source of light that brightens his life, which displays his impetuous passion to be with her, consequently creating a romantic atmosphere.
Romeo and Juliet claim that they love each other, but that isn’t possible. How can they possibly be in love when they have only known each other for a few short hours before declaring their undying love and uniting in Holy Matrimony? Love is a limitless and condition-less devotion, based on an intimate knowledge, to another person, whereas lust is an emotional obsession based on physical chemistry and appearance. Lust initiates a desire to acquaint ourselves with someone, but our interactions with and increased knowledge of a person are what cause us to love. Romeo and Juliet definitely lusted after each other.
The difference between the two emotions are drastic, but Shakespeare explores the idea that they are similar. Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet; neither are born with hate, but both learn it. The couple learn to love, but the deception and misunderstandings lead to catastrophic endings. The relationship that they manifest displays the way they are taught to love, and how hatred interrupts these relationships. In Romeo and Juliet, hatred ironically reinforces the central theme of love.
This can be seen through the variety of techniques that Shakespeare uses in Othello to portray the toll the deteriorating relationship between Othello and Desdemona has on their self-worth as their true identities as being confident in their status as faithful and loving marital partners are lost through the manipulations of Iago. It is also highlighted through Iago’s duplicitous nature and the irony of his façade as ‘honest’ Iago. Lionel Shriver also uses many different techniques in WNTTAK to convey this concept such as the narrator Eva Khatchadourian’s insecure feelings about her role as a mother due to her own son’s rejections and the juxtaposition of it in contrast with the strong relationship that she develops with her daughter. It can also be seen through her inability to belong to the suburban house that husband picked out in accordance with his patriotic view of a perfect American
The way the pilgrim goes into such detail, is one of the strengths of the tale. He makes it so you can actually visualize what is happening. A weakness of the story is that it is not finished. This tale is considered a romantic story told by a bachelor who is in love with love. The theme shows how love can hurt you deeply when you give someone your heart.
Desire can be Helpless People are helpless, when they are caught by desire, precisely like the character Gatsby in Fitzgerald's novel, “The Great Gatsby”. Fitzgerald would agree this as Gatsby falls in love with a married women, Daisy, and is helpless due to the adoration he has for her. Through the story the reader finds Gatsby eager to do anything for Daisy as he stands up to protect her or uses his willpower towards and for her. Daisy is also helpless as she contributes her old love for him, but the thought of her family replaces him. Due to the actions taken by the characters in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald would agree upon the helplessness of desire.