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Without Love Life is Meaningless

By monsyachig Dec 04, 2013 767 Words

What is Love? Love is a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person, attraction that includes sexual desire, it is the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship. Love is also an object of attachment, devotion or admiration of something. Poets and authors have tried to define love for centuries, now even scientists want to discover the human mechanics of what makes us love. Many of us know intuitively that love is a major purpose for living; that connection is inherent in all that we do, and without love, we cannot survive as a species. We all have our own opinions, thoughts, and perspective of what love actually is. Love is defined in many ways. We have all experienced love at least once to have a concept of what love means. Besides the fact if we have been heartbroken. Some might say love is when you’re in a relationship with a significant other by committing to monogamy, sex, attraction, trust, and respect and caring for your loved one. Others know of the unconditional love for one’s child, the love for sports is rooting for your favorite team and player, the love of art; there are many aspects of love. In the novel “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss, Leo suffers misfortune and betrayal, but the novel he writes in order to survive is written not out of despair but out of love. And it is the love expressed within his novel that leads to a sequence of actions of love that brings Leo a connection to his lost son and also a relationship with another young woman named Alma at the end of his life. Overcoming many obstacles, Leo and the young Alma, each driven by love, don’t give up in their individual quests for the original Alma, the one who inspired the fictional “History of Love”. Leo and Alma both receive a letter from one another. Leo believes it is from his old love Alma, her spirit, has sent the letter. While Alma wonders who has actually sent the anonymous letter. Leo is a sad, undignified, hopeless person but Alma is happy and devoted to finding love for her mother, determined to put the pieces to the puzzle that is Alma Mereminski. Their actions create a new world, one that leads them to seem like angels to each other. Although Leo and Alma claim they know what love is, they’re hopeless for love, love reveals the truth behind secrets and their behavior proves obsession can consume you to see in your mind’s eye. Leo is elderly person who has endured and overcome difficult obstacles throughout his life. The love he has for Alma Mereminski makes him survive the Holocaust. After three and a half years later he went in searched for Alma Mereminski he took a train, a boat traveled to New York Harbor and finally a subway train to Brooklyn. To only find out she was married to another man who she has two small boys with. Leo had promised to never fall in love with another girl other than her and kept his promise. During the course of his life he never married or fell in love again. He was hopelessly devoted to Alma Mereminski all through his life. He was unconditionally devoted to something to the point where it’s not healthy or celebrated. Leo implies he is stuck in a relationship because of a sense of love, duty and loyalty to what might even be seen as him harming himself.

Revelations are also being revealed by Alma Singer as she discovers who the true writer of “The History of Love” is which she has been named after the main character Alma M. Her mother Charlotte has received a letter by Jacob Marcus to translate the Spanish novel for him. Charlotte agrees and translates the novel with a short detailed letter not knowing Alma S. has wrote to him instead destroying the letter her mother wrote. Alma continues to write to him in hopes her mother will get to know Jacob Marcus more than a novel translator. One day she receives a letter from Jacob Marcus and realizes that Jacob Marcus is not whom he says he is. Jacob Marcus is Isaac Mortiz the writer of “The Remedy” and Jacob was one of the main characters in his book. She is determined getting to the bottom of the truth behind “The History of Love”. Alma S. starts her journey with a list of clues to find out who the real Alma is.

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