Je T’aime! Ti Amo! I Love You!
How do you define the meaning of “I love you”?” (You do not “define” a meaning. The meaning is the definition; you define the word or words.) In the essay “About Love,” Robert Solomon defines, through his insightful observations, what the words “love” and “romantic love” mean. Solomon claims that love is a“human invention to the universal feeling of sexual attraction and its complications” (par.1), such complications as; “intentions, obligations, and social expectations” (par. 3) and the “opening to an unknown future” (Solomon par. 6)
“What we call ‘love’ is not a universal phenomenon but a cultural-specific interpretation of the universal phenomena of sexual attraction and its complications” (Solomonpar. 1).
In the play A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, the character Eddie feels attractive attracted for to his niece Catherine.
EDDIE. You ain’t goin’ nowheres.
CATHERINE. Eddie, I’m got gonna be a baby any more! You- (2.126-127)
He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.
Because Eddie could not cannot accept orperhaps understand his feelings for Catherine, he goes over his moral senses by and his desires, of lust, jealousy, and self-interest. He His actions produced by in response to the “love” he feels for Catherine are the main complications of the play. As It is the same situation in the story “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin, in which Calixta, a married woman, has sex with an old boyfriend, Alc?e, while herhusband and son stay at a local store because of the bad weather. Calixta invites Alc?e into the house until the storm passes. Then there is where
Alc?e clasped her shoulders and looked into her face. The contact of her warm, palpitating body when he had unthinkingly drawn her into his arms, had aroused all the old-time infatuation and desire for her flesh. (2.51-53)
It was like as if they wereyoung again, . (NEVER write “like if.” It is “like” or “as if.”) They started to remember how they feel; they started feeling “love” for one another again. Chopin makes it look exited or perhaps right what they did do, professing their love, look exciting or even right by exposing the attitude of Calixta when her husband and son came come back. She “seemed to express nothing but satisfaction attheir safe return” (3.16-17) as if she were bored of the constant routine. As in This is similar to the story “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter,” by D.H. Lawrence, where Doctor Ferguson abruptly breaks his constant routine when he saves Mabel from drawing drowning and worries about what people may think of him. “That he should love her? That this was love! That he should be ripped open in this way! Him,a doctor!” (par. 95) It is as if, by being a doctor, he should separate and oppress its his sexual nature and feel ashamed of what he is feeling, : “…he could see one of her small breasts; dimly, because it had become almost dark in the room” (par. 96). At the end, Mabel was not a patient for to him, but something more. She became becomes the glasses of a person with vision problems, withouther, . The world would seem blurry to Fergusson without her.
“Love” is a “verb tying the two together in a novel and perhaps terrifying [?] of complex intentions, obligations, and social expectations” (Solomon par. 3). (Double-check the quotation.) Intentions, expectations, and obligations that Dr. Fergusson though of and was afraid of confronting by feeling sexually attracted by Mabel. Suchas sharing a life together, having a family and getting married. Dr. Fergusson thinks of his intentions, obligations, and expectations, such as sharing a life together, getting married and having a family, and is afraid of confronting his sexual attraction for Mabel. This is what one would One should expect to get married and share a life when after falling in love. But , but what if such a...
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