Humankind Has Always Been Looking for Love

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Humankind has always been looking for love. One day or another, all humans find themselves falling in love. In ‘’The Nightingale and the Rose’’, Oscar Wilde writes about a Student who falls in love with his Professor’s daughter. This leads to the main topic of this essay : What is true love? There are important characters in this story : the Student, the Nightingale and the Professor’s daughter. In the following text, we will discuss (how they each saw love and showed it*). In the story, the Student is shown as someone who is very close to his feelings. He weeps a lot, realizing that all the knowledge he gathered is not always helpful and does not fill him with true hapiness : ‘’Ah, on what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched.’’ The Student is also a bit selfish because he is so concerned about his love that he forgets everything around him. For example, when he saw the rose, he didn’t see the bird that was lying dead next to it. In the end, even if the Student said numerous times that he really loved the Professor’s daughter, he gives-up on her very easily. The Professor’s daughter is similar to the Student. She plays with the Student’s feelings by giving him a little hope that she might accept his offer to dance with her if he brings her a red rose. We can also say that she is very superficial because, she is more attracted by the riches of the ‘’Chamberlain’s nephew : ‘’I am afraid it will not go with my dress,' she answered; 'and, besides, the Chamberlain's nephew has sent me some real jewels, and everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers.’’ Hence, the Professor’s dauther’s love wasn’t authentic either because it was tinted with manipulation and lust for luxuries. On the other hand, the Nightingale’s
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