What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Many people have tried to define love for ages. Love can be the most powerful word and the most dangerous too. But love is more easily experienced than defined. Many authors and poets have written stories and poems about. Expressing how they can love something or someone so much, through their literature. Or some author is just telling a story about love. Love is the driver for all great stories: not just romantic love, but the love of parent for child, for family, for a country. When you're in love, you always want to be together, and when you're not, you're thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete. With these two literary novels, you can see how love can over take someone’s mind. You are being so in love with someone or something, you become so fascinating to them. It’s kind of scary when you look at it. Love is so strong it can become an addiction because you can love someone so much you can become numb to anything around you when you are thinking about that special person or place in your life. I will be elaborating on comparing and contrasting between one short story called “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien and a poem called “Nightsong: City” by Dennis Brutus that author and poet have said about love with their characters they used.

The comparing between “The Things They Carried” and “Nightsong: City” is obviously both writers are writing about love but how they used imagery through their writing of showing how much the characters love someone through the stories. “The Things They Carried” and “Nightsong: City” have some similarly through the author’s work. “The Things They Carried” is about a soldier in the Vietnam War named Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is deeply in love with a girl name Martha from New Jersey and still attending college. Cross carried every letter Martha wrote to him while he was in Vietnam. With the letter, she gave him her good luck pebble and he kept the in his mouth. But soon as Cross and his troops finishing marching the jungle of Vietnam he unfolds all of her letters and pulls out a picture of her and just imagine her loving him how much he loves her. He hopes she loves him as much he do hers. During a mission Cross and his fellow troops was on, Cross starts imagining a tunnel collapsing on him and the Martha relationship because he was going through a cave. He sometimes wonders if she still a virgin and still just worried would she ever feels the way he feels towards her. Cross is so fascinated with Martha love, he forgets that he’s in battle. Bullets flying a crossing his head and one of his comrades name Lavender was shot and killed. Cross didn’t even notice it because he is so into loving Martha. He was blind to his love for Martha. A great example O’Brien put the story of how much he loved Martha, as soon Lavender was killed and O’Brien was describing him. [He was smiling. Vaguely, he was aware of how quiet the day...

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