Elopement goes with a huge price
I could still recall that when I was still a little child I would always admire the hero and heroine eloping together from their unreasoning families. I was filled with the admiration for their bravery to challenge the social ideas and defend their romantic love. Such stories always end up with”They lived happily together ever after” in my naïve mind. However, after reading My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather and Shangshi by Lu Xun, I started to reflect on the real sense of elopement. Generally speaking, two lovers elope as a result of their fervent love being objected by their families or the society. The lovers believe by running away from their familiar acquaintances, they would be able to start a happy life on the basis of their love. They so believe in the strength of love that they are not afraid of the obstacles coming in their way after their elopement. What they sometimes fail to see is that love may fade away by the erosion of life. There is no denying that some love may last for a long time which in deed supports the couple through hard times. But in real life, love can be quite vulnerable. When making the decision to elope, the two lovers are quite possibly in an emotional state. They tend to underestimate many things in their life. Money, for instance, is of the greatest importance. Since they go against their family, they cut off the economic connection with their families and have to rely on themselves. Being young and inexperienced, the couples always find themselves short of money just like the situation in Shangshi. Shortage of money often leads to many trivial problems which may end up a serious problem. These problems test and erode the strength of their love. This lead to the second factor----love itself. Love is like nothing else. It involves two hearts. Once one heart lost love, this relationship is in question. What will be left when love is gone? What will hold the two together when the glue no longer...
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