I Just Called to Say I Love You

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Sarai Fuentes
March 10, 2013
Professor Crowder
English 170
The way a person expresses his or her love to another person should not bother other people. In the article “I Just Called to Say I Love you” by Jonathan Franzen he clearly states that he hates hearing other people saying the words I love you to another person. He believes that the privacy of others should be kept to themselves and their personal feelings should not be said out loud in public places. Although this may be true there are also other perspectives of how one can handle situations like of expressing feelings when they occur. Not only is the expression I love you the only way of expressing ones feelings for another but there are many other forms of love that are expressed in public places that really should not matter to others if they are happening. People should have the right to express their feelings without others getting offended or caring at all for that matter.

Jonathan Franzen says that “Privacy to me is not about keeping my personal life hidden from other people. It’s about sparing me from the intrusion of other peoples personal lives” (Franzen 367). Jonathan does not fear that privacy is about others knowing things about his life but rather he doesn’t care to know about other people’s lives. Franzen gets bothered to hear people utter the words I love you to other people over the phone. Knowing that fact one can infer that he must dislike people kissing in public, people on Facebook posting statuses about how much they love their significant other and any other kind of public displays of affection. Although who is to say that the person who is being told I love you is not having a bad day and needs to hear those words. Or that the person may be seriously ill and saying the words I love you encourages that person. One can never know what those people’s situations may be, much less the reasons why they feel so strongly to say the words I love you in public.

Franzen later in...
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