Sonnet 116 Essay, Research Paper
What is love? Love has many definitions, which varies from one person to another. One may never know what true love is until it has been experienced. Love is the most amazing, affectionate feeling that can be experienced. According to the Encarta Encyclopedia, love is an emotion that is “explored in philosophy, religion, and literature, often as either romantic love, the fraternal love of others, or the love of God.”
The actual definition of romantic love has been knowingly altered in the minds of men as time progressed. The original definition of love is, a fiction; a falsehood, a love affair. A comparison of arranged marriages and marriages that are result of romance if one love another, usually the two engage in matrimony. Let me not to the marriage of true minds,(I will not interrupt true love between a couple) It’s a wedding scene in a soap opera. The minister is saying, “And if there is anyone present who knows why these two should not be joined together, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.” In the back of the chapel, a stranger stands and announces to all, “She can’t marry that man. You see: she’s adopted. That man is really her brother!” Does that mean love has ended? According to this poem, no, the loved does not stop. And even though finance and physical attraction are sometimes what draw a person to another, it is only their inner personality that will keep a relationship going for a lifetime, “to have and to hold, for richer and for poorer, The fact is that romantic love is a different thing to different people. To me romantic love is a fleeting thing. It is a step towards a better thing.
The other definition of love is the fraternal love of others. A person loves their family and their friends. Do not let me interfere with a union of people who belong together. Love does not change no matter what. Love cannot be taken away at will even when the lovers want it removed. This kind is more common. Everyone is familiar with this sort of love. I might love my family in a way that someone else will not. However, fraternal love for others goes beyond family. One can also love his or her friends. What sort of storms comes between lovers? Arguments, even those as strong as this thunderstorm or even a force 5 hurricane, do not shake love, cannot scare it away, if it’s true love. Many of us have best friends and although we might not declare that we love them, we do. Neighbors, relatives, and other people in our lives who have played a significantly positive part are also people we love. Given the risks of been at sea, anything as constant as the North Star must have been a comfort. In this metaphor, the star is constant, like the beloved, and the lover is a wanderer, like a sailor, trying to find his bearings.
We are supposedly being taught as children that God loves everyone unconditionally no matter what their physical appearance is. But, as we mature and grow up into the “real world”, it becomes obvious that the words that we sang in our Sunday morning praises are not always being expressed by the very people who taught them to us. Some of the preachers and teachers who instructed us were themselves victims of Satan’s plans to destroy the human race by building walls of prejudice and stability between and amongst us. Therefore I feel I should not let other people’s sins stand in the way of relationships in my life. Something to consider is the fact that Christ did not tell us that life on earth, as a Christian would be easy. In fact he told us to not only expect suffering, but to rejoice in it, for we know that we are being put through it for the sake of Him. Love is an ever lasting mark that never surcoms to temptations. Love guides every wandering soul just like the North Star guides wandering ships that do not know their own worth, but their measurements may be physically taken. Beautiful things fade away because time takes its toll on them, but true love never gives in to times sharp edges. Love lasts forever and it will go to any means, it has no limits.
In conclusion, Romantic love is only their inner personality that will keep a relationship going for a lifetime, “to have and to hold, for richer and for poorer, for better or for worse, till death do you part.” It does not appear that it was any easier for people in Shakespeare’s time to define it than it is now. Perhaps the poet is less confident than he appears to be. Back in biblical times, there were those who believed so much in something they had never seen nor touched, that they were willing to lose their lives. These people in ancient times had so much faith, that we, in today’s society, cannot even come close to understanding. They were able to feel something, by their faith, not physically, but spiritually. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. If I am wrong about what love means. I should never should have spoken or written, and no man should say he loved.