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Love In "Death Constant Beyond Love"

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The strength and confusion of love lies in its diversity. Love is an individualized emotion. It is a part of who we are. Love does not look for equality, but it persists on balance. Love exists in every smile, every pounding heart, and the sweet taste of every kiss. Love is an emotional feeling in the soul and the basis of everyday life. However on earth and in this life, love is forever changing and death is the only constant. The role and significance of love in "Death Constant beyond Love", by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is that of powerlessness. It emphasizes the human condition of being alone and helpless in the face of love, life and death. Love is powerless in the face of death. All of its complicities, confusions, and alterations can not compete with the ultimate confrontation of life, which is death.Senator Onésimo Sanchez has money, power, and respect. Yet, he is isolated because of the lack of love in his life and the very money, power, and respect that he has. He is alone because he chooses to be, but his choice was no match to love. Love plays an important part in his life, because the lack of it contributes to his desolation. When he saw Farina, he was instantly taken aback by her beauty. According to the story "The Senator was left breathless" when he saw her. He held so much power, and yet he was powerless to the lustful feelings of love that he held for the teenage girl.The lack of love in the town was apparent to the reader and because of it; the town was filled with lies and scandal, and was on the verge of deterioration. "...in broad daylight looked like the most useless inlet on the desert..." The love of the town was lacking and so due to the lack of patriarchy the town had to make its living off of smuggling in concubines and other illegal things. "...village by night was the furtive wharf for smugglers' ships..." People in the town were starving and they were powerless because they thought their leaders loved them and their village, but they were being misled by them.The senator finds out that he is going to die and he decides to bear that burden alone. Death is inevitable in that everyone will die, but to live a life knowing the time that death will come alone is a torture that no one should have to bear. This life was the senator's choice, but when love came, like death, he couldn't avoid it.When the senator told Farina that no one loved them, he was addressing the fact that they were both lonely and in need of companionship and love. Through a reader's interpretation, it could be said that Nelson did not love his daughter because he used her body as a pawn to get what he wanted from the senator. She was being sold to buy freedom and security.Love played a significant role in Nelson Farina's life because after he killed his wife and escaped from prison, he found love with a black woman. After she died of natural causes, he and his daughter had to live isolated and incognito so that he would not be sent back to jail....

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