Humanities
write 4-6 pages about a variety of texts about love

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At the completion of our third unit, we will have explored a variety of texts about love (or its pitfalls) – Sappho’s fragments, Sophocles’ Antigone, Voltaire’s Candide, Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, and a small selection of erotic poems. Each of these texts expresses ancient, classical, pre-modern and modern ideas about love, desire, loss, destiny, absurdity, religion, and numerous other themes.

Drawing on your reading of each of these texts and our class discussions, answer only one of the questions below in an essay that does not exceed 6 pages. Use specific examples to support your written observations.

Note: You can choose any texts that you are familiar with to write about. And I can provide you with them.

1. Drawing on some of our older texts and some modern ones (using specific examples from three texts), would you say attitudes about love have mostly changed over time or stayed the same?

2. Using specific examples and themes from the poetry we’ve read this unit (Song of Songs, Sappho, Catullus) define what makes a text “erotic.”

3. Using specific examples from three of our unit texts, discuss themes related to marriage or family values. How do these values change over time in some ways, yet stay the same in others?

4. Our two novels from this unit (Cat’s Cradle and Candide) describe instances of bad love. Using specific examples and themes from each of those texts, discuss how love was a destructive force. Or was it really love, after all?

Final Answer

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Running Head: DESTRUCTIVE LOVE

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Destructive love in Cat’s Cradle and Candide Suitable

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DESTRUCTIVE LOVE

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Introduction
The theme of love is explored in both novels and presented to be an illusion and a
destructive force that brings forth utter destruction. Characters in the novels suffer tragedies as a
result of love. The authors in both novels bring out the ideal that love is not idealistic but rather
an illusion held and treasured by many people only to bring forth destruction. Although various
characters in both novels such as John and Candide in the novels go in great depth to find love,
they are left disappointed in the long-run. In Cat’s Cradle, John accepts to become President in
order to get the opportunity to marry Mona who constantly cheats on him and at the end commits
suicide (Vonnegut, 2009). On the other hand, Candide commits so many crimes and takes away
many lives in his pursuit for Cunegonde but is left delusional at the end of the novel after he
discovers that he no longer loves Cunegonde (Voltaire, 2005). Newt’s love for Zinka brings
about tragedy not only for him but for America as well. Zinka deceives Newt into believing that
she loves as she gets close to him only to steal the ice-nine that gives the Soviet Union the same
power held by America in the Cold War. Hence, love is presented in both novels as a powerful
weapon that at the end brings utter destruct...

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