Love And Antiquity: The Definition Of Love In Literature

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Love is one of the main themes in literature; it is present in the works of all time, from mythology to nowadays. Numerous philosophers’ thought together about this theme without managing to determine it’s meaning. In spite of the difficulty to give a meaning to this term, we know that love is an attachment we carry for someone. However, love takes a meaning when it is shared or lived. Which excludes for example the love of the nature or the love for shopping because there isn’t any reciprocity. This conception of shared love includes a wide range of different feelings, going of the passionate desire and romantic love, in the soft closeness without sexuality of family love or platonic love and in the spiritual worship of religious love. As …show more content…
And especially can they define this concept widely enough?

In romantic love literature, the works are mainly about love. Nevertheless, rare are the novels in which the love story isn’t the vector of a wider thinking on the world in which we live. We can then wonder in what display the term is revealing of the novelists’ view of the men and society.
Using some classic works in literature, we are going to analyze how others can perceive love.
First of all, the literature approaches most of the time love under the angle of misfortune, what is a way of seeing humanity as being in the grip of suffering and other difficulties in a quest of an ever-acquired happiness. So that there is an intrigue, there is a need of contrarieties and obstacles. A novel beginning with happy love is inevitably going to go toward events that could end with the failure of the couple or a tragedy.
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the lovers, beautiful, young, love each other’s fervently, but then there love is impossible because of the families rivalry. Despair attend the lovers and it end tragically with a quiproquo. Romeo, thinking that Juliet is dead, ends his life and Juliet, by love, kills herself too after discovering Romeo’s sluggish

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