The use of literary devices to display love

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Hunter Hallock

Out of class essay #1


Dr. Horne

The use of literary devices to display love

        In the selected titles, the syntax of love and marriage changes throughout the writings. The author’s meanings all start out differently but in the end, the writings seem to have the same ideas on love and marriage. By the use of literary devices and structural and thematic variation, the authors portray the characters initially living in fantasies and eventually the realities of life in addition to the different kinds of love.

        Looking at how Jack London’s “A Wicked Woman”, and Julianne Homokay’s “A Wedding Story”, both have an initial fantasy mindset. In the beginning of “A Wedding Story”, a fantasy love story is portrayed that describes the “perfect” love and wedding. The true characters are behind him, scoffing at his attempt to retell a story in his own way. By these actions one can conclude that the love and marriage is far from the truth conveyed by the storyteller. In the same respect, Jack London’s “A Wicked Woman” describes the tale of a young woman who believed that she had the perfect love and desired a marriage but before long she realized that her “love” was only lust. Comparing the two stories, the true love factor was never realized by either of the characters in that they never truly loved their partners but only loved the thought of them. When this shocking truth reveals itself, all of the mentioned characters divorce themselves from the thought of marriage and the relationship. The same concept can be found in Pablo Neruda”s “I do not love you except because I love you”. Here, the author tells of how his relationship is thought to be bittersweet. These examples of the stories will help guide the following paragraphs in explaining the types of love that happen whether fantasy of reality.

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        The three kinds of love shown in the stories include: Eros love (erotic love), Philos love (friendship love), and Agape love (unconditional love). In comparing the stories, it is easy to see that all forms occur in each.

 In the beginning of “I do not love you except because I love you” the narrator has an Eros love and Agape love. His Eros love comes from his love that the couple shows with their actions. His Agape love comes from his tone that he does not love her once the physical attraction wears off, but because he refuses to end ...

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