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How does love and suffering connect the characters and their lives in Tonight I Can Write from twenty love poems and a song of despair by Pablo Neruda and The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende. Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. The reason that there is so much suffering in the world is because people still love and care for each other. The love which is shared by the people bonds them and hence makes their hearts wrung and suffer. This essay explores the emotion that is love and its connotations in situations where a lover suffers due to the immeasurable love which he feels for his beloved. The House of the Spirits is an epic novel of love, magic, and family pride. Initially, the novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers, but became an instant best seller when published in Barcelona in 1982. ...read more.


Neruda in his poems has a slight hope as he writes 'I no longer love her, that's for certain, but maybe I loved her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.' But Allende shows no hopes and just morns and grieves by remembering the time he spent with his lover as he says 'I told her she had mocked me, that we had never been completely alone together, that I had only been able to kiss her once.' To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. The above quote written by C.S. Lewis shows the complications in love. This is how the characters are in the mentioned works linked to each other. ...read more.


If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable." In the above lines the poet has described love as assailable and warned to keep away from it. When we love our heart gets contaminated and many vellicate boundaries form around us which bring us nothing but agony and excruciation. This feeling is also shown in the famous drama 'Julius Caesar' written by William Shakespeare, in the scene when Antony comes and sees Caesar's death body and is described by saying that ace the lord of mutiny and revenge comes by his side. It is love again which he felt for Caesar which made an urge in him to retaliate his death. 1 Tonight I Can Write, lines 2 - 3. 2 The House of the Spirits, page 48. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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