Romanticised Love Analysis

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Good morning/afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the IDEA world youth forum. I am Juliet Kaiser from M2 and it is with my great pleasure to be presenting here today addressing prevailing readings and perspectives of cultural and social issues. However, I will specifically be addressing the significant issue of overly romanticised love and how it has been represented in literary and contemporary texts. I strongly believe, texts overly romanticise love and subsequently lead audiences to have unrealistic expectations and views in relationships.
Overly romanced love is referred to as the type of love that is often constructed and depicted by text makers as being unrealistic and extreme expressions of feelings and actions of a man towards a woman
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Despite the length time difference between publication and today, there are many scenes throughout the text where Austen created an overly romanticised love for readers. In particular, the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Mr. Darcy) is one which is gradually developed throughout the novel and portrays a romance which is ultimately farfetched for an individual today. The key scene were Mr. Darcy confessed his loves for Elizabeth in the rain, “Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. I have fought against my better judgment, my family 's expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony. I love you,” causes audiences to become infatuated and obsessed with the idea of finding their ‘prince charming’ or ‘Mr. Darcy’ in the 21st century. In some instance individuals with such a mindset will willingly give up everything they have, including their self-dignity in order to feel loved and wanted temporarily. This is as a result of texts like Pride and Prejudice representing that in order to be romantically sufficient, their relationship must correspond significantly to that of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s love. However, without a romance similar to their relationship, or a partner like to Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth, …show more content…
Lawton’s, ‘Pretty Woman’ released in 1990. The main characters, Viven Ward and Edward Lewis are highly dissimilar to one another, with Edward being a highly successful, wealthy businessman, compared to Viven who makes her living as a prostitute. Initially there is no personal relationship between the two, however as the plot develops and after Edward requires Ward as a escort to various business events, the two find an affectious attraction to one another. From here on in, Ward is treated entirely different in society from comparison to when she is alone and to when she is with Edward. In Pretty Woman, the representation of love is portrayed as life changing, in the way Viven progresses from a prostitute to the partner of a high end, wealthy individuals and beings attending high social class events resulting in being highly accepted throughout all aspects of society. As a result of this, film viewers begin to believe love has the ability to completely change ones life in several positive ways. However, this is not the case and therefore individuals in society are lead to a feeling of emptiness when they realise love will not always result in how it is portrayed in the

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