"Tis Better To Have Loved And Lost/Than Never To Have Loved At All" (Tennyson). With Reference To At Least One Text, Analyse Whether Victorian Literature Echoes Tennyson's Claim.

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Emily Bronte has only written one novel due to her short tragic life, this was Wuthering Heights, and it was first published in December 1847. She also wrote a lot of poetry, which was published in May 1948 alongside her sister's in "Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell". Wuthering Heights was "met with" mixed reviews and "hardly" any "success" (Knoepflmacher, 1). Even Emily's own sister Charlotte was critical about the novel, saying in the preface to the second edition which was published in 1850; "I have just read over Wuthering Heights and for the first time have obtained a clear glimpse of … its faults" (Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights, 324). Charlotte then goes on to say, "it is out of my power to apologize" (Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights, 325). The readers could take this to mean that Charlotte felt obliged to apologise for her sister's novel however, as it was not her novel, she was unable to do so. Nevertheless, Charlotte's degrading view on her younger sisters novel did not influence future generations of readers but did reflect the view of the novel at the time. Now days Wuthering Heights is seen to be one of the most popular and highly regarded novels in English Literature.To explain love and to give it a meaningful definition seems to be impossible. However, the Bible over the centuries has taught its readers the three different types of love. The first example is 'Eros' also known as 'erotic love'. it is based on strong feelings between two people. The weakness with this type of love is that it is based more on 'self-benefit' of what can benefit you rather than the other person. This is "I love you because it feels good and makes me happy loving you". The second type of love is a love based on "give and take", where two people benefit in a mutual way. It is called Philos, it takes time to reach this state of love but the strong emotions appear suddenly and passionately. The third and highest form of love is 'Agape', or also known as unconditional love. Agape love is above Philos and Eros love. It is a love that is very selfless, where a person gives out love to another person even if this act does not benefit her/him in any way. Whether the love is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit). However, the Bible teaches, the highest type of all love is not human but divine. It is God's unconditional love for us, his children.Freud looked at the love Eros throughout his working career, he also wrote about it in several of his books. Such as, "Group Psychology and the analysis of the Ego" (1921) and "The Ego and the Id" (1923). His main thoughts on Eros are summarised by David Mann who is a member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy. He sums up Freud's different and opposing views on "Eros" are that "Eros clamours, holds together, unites, binds, preserves, lives, loves, is a parent, complicates and creates mischief." (Mann, 17). It is the idea that Eros "complicates and creates...

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