Essay The Book ' The Four Loves '

1479 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
The Faces of Love Many cruel things in the world are done in the name of “love.” Is it through the love formed from friendship or mere affection? Perhaps lust or, though unlikely, unconditional love? The nature of love is a prominent theme in Till We Have Faces. Every relationship in this book is unique -- there are no two alike. In every relationship, there is a “love” factor. Unfortunately, in the English language, there are no words to distinguish different types of the love being felt. One can love creatures, reading, and family members, but those are all entirely separate interpretations of the word “love.” That being said, Lewis dissected the meaning of love in his book The Four Loves. There are many connections between characters throughout Till We Have Faces and elements of the four different loves: Storge, Philia, Eros, and Agape. Each of these loves plays a crucial part in the plot of the story. The first of these loves is Storge. Storge, Greek for affection, is a love in which physical features don’t play a part in its existence. An example would be a love for a family member or close friend (Four Loves 31-32). In Till We Have Faces, Orual -- the narrator and heroine of the novel -- is loved by Psyche, her younger sister. The Fox, a Greek slave and father figure, also loves Orual even though she “frightens” people with her face (26). Fox, Orual, and Psyche have a very special bond and the Fox is like a “true grandfather” to them (21). Storge…

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