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Love is the most universal theme in all of the fine arts.

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Sophia Rahman January 15, 2001 4th hour Love Love is the most universal theme in all of the fine arts. It is what people yearn for and risk everything for. Yet there are drawbacks to love. Anguish and pain are an inherent part of love. When one loves, one is in a very vulnerable position. Nonetheless, love is worth all the heartache and pain because once all problems are worked out, love produces a bliss nothing else can. Sir Francis Bacon states, "He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune." In short, Bacon is saying that when one is married and has children, they are risking their heart to chance because if an accident occurs and a loved one is hurt, the pain can be insurmountable. Bacon does not want to risk that much heartache in his life. ...read more.

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This is the kind of love everyone should experience. Romeo and Juliet do not care about the grief and anguish that they suffered, because in the closing stages they died together. In the epic Odysseus, by Homer, Odysseus and Penelope's lasting relationship is an obvious representation of love. Although Odysseus is gone for twenty years he never forgets his faithful wife in Ithaca. This love almost seems to help him persevere through the many hardships that he encounters on his journey home. On the other hand, Penelope also exemplifies this same kind of love for Odysseus. At home in Ithaca, she stays loyal to Odysseus by unraveling his shroud and delaying her marriage to the suitors that are courting her. She always keeps the hope that her love, Odysseus, will return. Odysseus and Penelope's marriage clearly illustrates the emotional and tying bond of love. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other important father - son relationship in the Odyssey that exhibits love is the one between Odysseus and Laertes. Odysseus, when he returns, wishes to go see his father. When he confronts his father and tries to hide his identity, he is unable to finish his story because of the great sorrow in his father's eyes. This shows how much he loves his father and what great suffering he caused him. This anguish that Laertes exhibits also shows how much love he has for his son. Since Odysseus was assumed to be dead, it almost sent Laertes into a kind of depression. When Odysseus returned it gave Laertes an overwhelming happiness. This is a case where love seems to be the cure for pain and grief. Love is major emotional theme in all the works in the world. It is not hard to see how happiness relies on love. It definitely shapes who we are and what we do with our lives. ...read more.

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