“The half-life of love is forever.”
Stories about romantic love have been around for thousands of years. People love talking about the state of love, how the areas of life surrounding love can be improved, and using characters to demonstrate different aspects of the condition. Yet, it’s not enough to lump all love stories together in terms of classic literature.
It’s important to take a closer look at the portrayal of love and the purposes that it fulfilled in literature, dating back many years. A historical perspective shows the struggle that authors have had with the idea of dramatic love.
Motive of love in literature from Ancient Greece to Modern Days
The motive of love in literature has not been the same since the days when it was first introduced. However, we can see dramatic love stories in the epics that came out of Ancient Greece. For example, The Odyssey andThe Iliad both contain stories of men that felt romantic love for women and did incredible things to get back to them during times of war.
In those epics love was enough for men to start a war over. While this idea of romantic love has waxed and waned, modern romances are filled with men and women that love one another, build strong romances, and go to incredible lengths to protect the people that they love.
In fact, some of the most powerful and famous stories in modern literature feature love as a root cause for the events that start a story or help bring it to a close. While there are often other striations in the story, it’s impossible to ignore the far-reaching impacts of romantic love in the modern world. To expound on this topic, a survey of some of the most famous works from the last few centuries can be used to show how love is used as a motivation, a tool to discuss society and to unite the readers.