Isirikoufoulou Sibabi Akpo Kamou
English 11 Section 1875
Instructor: Julia Har-el
Assignment #3 Definition Essay
Date: October 6, 2010
Definition of Love
Love by definition is an emotion explored in philosophy, religion, and literature, often as either romantic love, the fraternal love of others, or the love of God based on the definition found in The Encarta Encyclopedia. As I explored the definition by means of the Internet, books, and articles I noticed the definitions changed quite a bit, but yet had the same basic understanding. The definition I found in The Encarta Encyclopedia was probably the most simple and most basic. It refers to love in the whole aspect, which is Godly, fraternal, and romantic. The definitions of love are the same and yet different. Godly, for instance is the love of God, and your devotion and respect toward him, the creator. In all religions, God carries the same aspect. According to our faith and our belief that God is gracious and merciful, we feel a certain degree of affection towards him. In response, God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God's love is unconditional, and it's not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn't love us because we're lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him. The romantic love is the love between two people, which I consider to be both intimate and sexual. Older dictionaries and encyclopedias usually refer to the romantic aspect of love, as the love which is experienced between man and woman. In today’s society, it is said that romantic love can be found regardless of your gender. Love has been expressed since the beginning of time; since Adam and Eve. Each culture expresses its love in its own special way. Love has been a major characteristic of literature also. One of the most famous works in literary history is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This story deals with the love of a...
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