On The Categories Of Love In Toni Morrison’s Love

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Most People tend to misconstrue the true meaning of love. They have a generalized ideology that love is all about having a romantic affair with the opposite gender. According to Wikipedia, love refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure. Love is a complex and complicated feeling; therefore, it is categorized in diverse forms. The various kinds of love, Agape love, Phileo love, and Eros love are clearly expressed by characters In Toni Morrison’s Love. Junior Viviane’s love for Cosey can be considered as more or less an agape love. Heed and Christine are characters who expressed phileo love, even though they later ...view middle of the document...

Junior climbs up the stairs partly to show her new boss how punctual she was, but mostly to catch another glimpse of her Good Man’s shoulders (Morrison 118. All other references from Toni Morrison’s Love will be indicated by page reference to this text). Junior cherishes Cosey’s personal belongings which include his shoes, ties, shirts, suits, and even undershorts. Junior smells his shoes, rubs her cheek on the sleeve of his seersucker jacket, and wears his shorts (119).
L’s love for the Cosey’s family is a practical example of agape love. She is the narrator of the novel; this fact proves that she is aware of all that is going on in the story. L is one of Cosey’s employees. She worked as a cook at the resort. L works tirelessly to the betterment of the resort. “The success and health of the Cosey Hotel and Resort is dependent upon the presence of L” (Gillespie 112). L, who knows a lot more fact about the story than any other character in the novel, stands as the truth teller. A scripture in the Holy Bible seemingly describes L as a character. “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13: 6-7). “L knows what actually has happened and her perspective corrects the misperceptions and erroneous judgments made by the novel’s other characters” (Gillespie 112). L poisons Cosey when she learns that in his will he leaves the resort and all of his money to Celestial. Her intension is to protect the women in Cosey’s life who depend solely on him; these women include Heed, May, Christine and of course Celestial, (the love of his life). L also wanted cosey’s genuine family members to benefit from his will. After Cosey died, L destroys his will and rewrites it. L succeeded in ruining the evil plan that Cosey had concerning his inheritance. Apparently, L’s act is altruistic; it displays unconditional love which is practically agape love.
Another love that is expressed is phileo love. The initial relationship between Heed and Christine was intimate. Since childhood, Heed and Christine were very good friends who play together and share together. Even though they seem to be enemies later, they still have a strong bond between them.
Apparently, Peter Paul Fortas and Junior Viviane friendship is enviable. Pee Pee is Junior’s only friend in school. “They become fast friends and explore with youthful enthusiasm the world they inhabit and they mutually imagine” (Gillespie 127). They both have similar life experiences when they were children. Like Junior, Peter is a bit of an outcast in school and is teased with a nickname Pee Pee. Peter and Junior share the experience of exclusion and alienation from their peers (Gillespie 125). Even though Junior is from a rural community and Peter is from District Ten, he still loves her as a friend...

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