Lastly, Juliet’s view of love is logical; she does not follow love blindly. Mercutio’s view of love is humorous and cynical. He believes that love is a burden and love is not worth the burden. Mercutio talks to Romeo and says, “To sink in it, should you burthen love—Too great
He says that “ The things and the men that are pleasing to the gods are pious, and the things and the men that are displeasing to the gods are impious.” Socrates approves of this definition because it is of a very generalization. But he also states that Euthyphro’s definition has flaws because the gods would disagree on what is considered pleasing. Socrates’ case is that the gods are very irrational when it comes to arguments and disagreements. Normal rational people would find answers and come to a settlement on the correct answer, but when it comes to the gods any slight disagreement causes them to become enemies and angry towards each other. Socrates goes on to
The men are supposed to be sick with love, vehement about it, and so sweet a woman would have to accept his advances. The woman’s role is very much a broad, sweeping statement. This allows for the notion that women are property to be claimed to run as the undercurrent to the courtly love system. This is evident in the way that Arcite and Palamon, Theseus, and even the Gods force Emelye into a marriage she wants no part in. The Knight tries his best to maintain a noble and romantic air to his story but the tale itself contradicts that.
What problem does Somine de Beauvoir think is preventing genuine love between men and women? Is she right? “Humanity is male and a man defines female not in her self but as relative to him; she is not regarded as an autonomous being(De Beauvoir 1983, p. 16).This statement itself presents the nature of male and female inequalities which in de Beauvoir’s view determines the genuine love they experience for one another. De Beauvoir suggests that because of the influence of gender stereotypes, men and women have historically had very different attitudes toward love. She continues to argue that as a result such difference presents inequality and has made genuine love between man and women doubtful.
Another possible interpretation of Orsino’s thoughts could be seen as him as not being consumed with love itself, but indulging the idea of it. Therefore, he does not necessarily truly love Olivia, but has heard about love and desires to participate in the feeling. This is an example of courtly love, where only by long devotion and much suffering could a man win his ideal woman, where such love was sexless and idealised. In reality, it usually meant that men like Orsino were in love with the idea of love, rather than love itself. Overall, it is made clear that love will be a main theme of ‘Twelfth Night’ as it presents itself within the
Many people view infatuated love as irresponsible, immature and blind love built solely on unreasonable passion, which could simply stem from a sexual attraction. Empty love occurs when a person is solely looking for a commitment with no interest in intimacy or passion. This could simply be a result of not wanting to be alone in the world. It is built on the promise that the couple will maintain their relationship in the future. Fatuous love is caused from the combination of passion and commitment, without a sense of intimacy.
He appears to be solely interested in women’s sexuality, shamelessly objectifying them. For instance, when Claudio asks whether the world could ‘buy such a jewel’ as Hero, Benedick replies ‘yea, and a case to put it into’. The objectification of Hero as something valuable and desirable (but with no human emotion) is taken further by Benedick; his play upon Claudio’s romantic metaphor is witty but deeply sexist, as he is calling Hero worthless. Whilst a modern audience might see this as derogatory, an Elizabethan audience would have potentially been indifferent; in that age, men were superior; they could be an eligible bachelor, but if they married they would look for a chaste and wealthy wife- talk of ‘buying’ Hero is in a sense quite literal as Claudio would be ‘buying’ into her wealth. On the other hand, Shakespeare hints that this is a façade.
What’s the difference between love and infatuation? The similarities between the two emotions are often mistaken for one another, however they differ because one is real love and one is not. This confusion is evident in Romeo and Juliet as the conceptions of shallow and superficial love are being depicted. Love is commonly defined as having an unconditional, profoundly tender feeling of deep affection towards another person, whereas in comparison, infatuation is the state of being obsessive and carried away by unreasoned desire or lust. Even though some may debate otherwise, I believe Romeo and Juliet’s “love” is based upon shallow infatuation due to their sudden physical desirability for one another and the rapid development of their relationship.
However, when he focuses on Hutchinson herself, his attitude becomes ambivalent. Hutchinson has transgressed the limits decrees for her sex and will soon be imprisoned by men, yet Hawthorne marvels at her confident sexuality and superior mind. He acknowledges the free flight of the imagination unfettered by gender, but he believes that women must pay for this gift of her peculiar “loveliness”. Hutchinson has controversial abilities, so Hawthorne holds an ambivalent attitude to her. Although he admires her, he forbids himself such emotions and censures what he fails to suppress and judges Hutchinson severely.
Love is used to depict the greedy feeling of obsession or infatuation of competence. Power terms the capability to overrule or authority among others. When using love and war in these ways things can get unpleasant. This is where “All is fair in love and war,” ties into the way people misuse love and power. Better said by John Lyly's 'Euphues', “The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.” When the love of power becomes a competition or an insecure status, things can get