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Argumentative Article Comparing The Love Of Kamala And Siddharta Vs. The Love Of Hamlet And Opehlia

910 words - 4 pages

When the word love comes to mind what do you think of? What exactly is the definition of love, and is there a real definition for it? Everyone has an opinion on love, but few are brave enough to define it. This universal and apparently conflicting emotion seems almost incapable of definition. Webster's Dictionary defines love as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship and personal ties or an attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers. We all know that if it were this easy to figure out if we loved a particular person or if a person loved us our life would be much simpler. However love is not this easy to figure out. As William Shakespeare states "The course of true love never did run smooth".In the initial reading of Siddhartha we see that Siddhartha loses sight of love during his quest for enlightment. At one point he admits to Kamala that he thinks he cannot love, and he says, "You cannot love either, otherwise how could you practice love as an art? Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can- that is theirsecret " ( 73). When reading in to this passage we get a sense that Kamala is a very high-class prostitute, in which she is incapable of being able to love, because that is what she is paid to do. However after digging deeper into the story it is obvious there is more to it than that.When Siddhartha comes to Samsara he is ignorant to the ways of the world. He meets Kamala she takes him under her wing and teaches him one of the most important things someone can be taught, how to love and be loved in return. We see many examples throughout which suggest that Kamala cares deeply about him and wants to take care of Siddhartha by teaching him the ways of the world. "[Siddhartha learns] that one cannot have pleasure without giving it...She taught him that lovers should not separate from each other after making love without admiring each other, without being conquered as well as conquering, so that no feeling of satiation or desolation arises nor the horrid feeling of misusing or having been misused" (54). Kamala deeply admires Siddhartha and sees him to be her equal in many ways. She even predicts that she will become pregnant one day and have his child. We also see that when Siddhartha leaves Samsara Kamala releases a bird from the golden cage. This is a symbol of her releasing Siddhartha to experience a life without her. Deep in her heart she loved Siddhartha and by releasing the bird she is symbolizing that she is releasing Siddhartha to go on...

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