Is the Romance of Falling Deeply in Love a Universal Story?

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Essay #: 063510
Total text length is 5,443 characters (approximately 3.8 pages).

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Is the Romance of Falling Deeply in Love a Universal Story?
It is often pondered whether falling deeply in love is truly a universal story. The following paper looks at a novel by the German writer, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, and also looks at a film by Lars von Trier that suggests that falling precipitately in love is, at least in the western world, profoundly universal. The ensuing several pages will also look at how traditions and memories (influences from the past) and influences from the present (wealth, social classes, personal choices) do shape how first love is experienced. In the end, we all have conceptualizations in our heads about what love should be – and these pre-conceptions come about because society tells us how, and who,...
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.....g amorous men around can help her get through life in spite of the challenges.
In the end, this is a story that captures how love is universal: you have one man who kills himself because he cannot make love to the woman he wants; you have another party (a woman) who kills herself spiritually by sleeping with men she does not want because she is asked to do so by her husband. In both cases, the past and the present do influence the course of events – but the human need for love (and to honour love) does so, too.
Works Cited
Breaking the Waves. Dir. Lars von Trier. Perf. Stellen Skarsgard, Emily Watson. October Films, 1996. Videocassette.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther. Minneapolis, MN: Filiquarian Publishing, 2007.