Love the Conqueror
Love is the last magic that universally we all believe. Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, magic carpets, and superheroes lose their allure and the magic they once had disappears as we grow up but the magic of love never leaves us. We see love’s power repeatedly in movies and media but also in our own lives and it makes us believe in the magic. The power this belief engenders in all of us is why love is able to “conquer all”. The love we have for our families, our pets, but most of all for our beloved—blinds us, overcomes all obstacles, bears all things, and believes all things are possible.
The story of “Cinderella” has been told and retold countless times, the story of love coming to save a girl from slavery and abuse, but the original story from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm describe the girl’s love for her parents as the catalysis that allows the slavery and abuse to occur and ultimately that paternal love leads to her freedom and happiness.
Cinderella’s mother’s dying words were for the girl to “remain pious and good”. Two years after the mother’s death, Cinderella’s father married another woman. Cinderella’s love for them made her obey her mother’s final wish and made her put her father’s happiness before her own. Love was the reason Cinderella allowed herself to be turned into a maid and her beautiful clothes to be taken away. She was repeatedly mistreated by her stepsisters throughout the story, and yet her love for her mother allows her to hold onto the belief that if only her mother knew about the abuse her problems would disappear (Remix, 407). Cinderella’s faith that her mother will “help her in her time of need” provides the foundation for the story’s happy ending (Remix, 406). The “help” she receives from two talking pigeons and a tree that grew over her mother’s grave are additional adaptations of her belief in her mother.
The belief and love Cinderella has for her mother eventually leads to the happily-ever-after, not the prince’s love or her love for him. In fact, this version of the story does not speak of either the prince or Cinderella as falling in love with the other. The prince is simply amazed by her beauty and will have no other (Remix, 408). Love, in this story, caused the catastrophe and eventually saved the day.
In David Sedaris’ essay “The End of the Affair”, love overcomes the obstacle of divergent personalities. In this brief narrative, Sedaris implies his partner Hugh is a deeply romantic person while Hugh describes Sedaris as being “grossly insensitive” (Remix, 335). Their outing to a movie has reminded Hugh that their love story has become dull and predictable to the point monotony. Sedaris suggests that real love, after the courtship period, is boring and would require warfare to stimulate passion (Remix, 336). And yet, Sedaris cannot imagine anyone he’d rather be with than Hugh (Remix, 336). This statement after describing an event involving Hugh breaking a wine glass over Sedaris’ head and...