Love speeches

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Love speeches.

Since early years, love has been a really important topic to discuss about. It is because there are many ways to look at it. For example, in Plato’s text: Symposium, many people saywhat they think about love, like Agathon, Phaedrus and Aristodemus among others. Finally, is important to say that this text is going to be focused on Phaedrus, Pausanias and Diotima’s speeches.To begin with Phaedrus speech, is important to say his main idea about love. He thinks that love is the one that makes each one to show the best of their selves and do their best. In other words, actlike a warrior. “The veriest coward would become an inspired hero, equal to the bravest, at such a time; Love would inspire him. That courage which, as Homer says, the god breathes into the souls ofsome heroes, Love of his own nature infuses into the lover” (Page 7). As this quote says, love makes each one to show the best of their selves and be a kind of a hero. Relating this speech to Diotima’sspeech is important to mention that love for her isn’t good nor fair. This means that it is made of opposites. “Love was neither fair nor good” (Page 23-24). Relating this to Phaedrus speech isrelevant to say that he was wrong because love doesn’t make people to show the best of their selves every time.

On the other hand, talking about Pausanias speech, what he says about love is that thereare two types of love. The common love (body) and the heavenly love (soul). Also, that the one that refers to the soul is better because it is stable and the common one isn’t. “Evil is the vulgar loverwho loves the body rather than the soul, inasmuch as he is not even stable, because he loves a thing which is in itself unstable, and therefore when the bloom of youth which he was desiring is over,he takes wing and flies away, in spite of all his words and promises; whereas the love of the noble disposition is life-long, for it becomes one with the everlasting” (Page 10). As this quote says,...
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