Stephanie Meyer's Used "Twilight" To Explore Love. How Many Of Aristotle's Six Different Types Of Love, Can You Give Examples Of From Her Novels?
Introduction: Stephanie Meyer said that she, "Was fascinated by the way love impacted on peoples lives." And that her book "Twilight" explored how, "Some one by looking at life through the perspective of love, (Bella) would affect the lives of those around her .
Two of the fathers of the science of Philosophy, Aristotle and Plato were also fascinated by the topic of love. And how it impacted on peoples' lives.
To help them better understand love, they created specific names for what they felt were the primary forms of love.
By 325 BC they felt that specific examples of love, could by classified into one or more of the six following types:
1. Storge: Natural affection, such as the love a parent has for a child.
2. Phila: The love that develops between two or more friends.
3. Agape*: pure love, loving solely for the sake of love.
4. Erose: (Original definition) The love that can develop between a man and a women.
5. Erote: Love inspired by the physical attraction between a man and a women.
6. Xenia: The love that develops between a host and his guest.**The host fed and provided quarters for the guest, who was expected to repay the hospitality only with gratitude.
Question: After reading the novel "Twilight" give an example from the story of each of the Aristotle's six types of love.
And example of how to answer one part of the six part question:
Example: Erose: I feel that when Bella was sitting in Edward's lap, and he tells her that, she had said "I love you Edward" in her sleep. And she turns, and whispers in his ear. "I love you." And he embraces her, and says, "You are my life now!" Is a good example of Erose.
YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR EXAMPLES FROM ANY OF THE SAGA NOVELS.
* Some words change meanings with time. For example: Agape meant, "Pure love" in 325 bc, but it came to mean "The type of love a parent has for her or his child" by 65 AD, and in modern Greek it now simply means "Love."
Observation: This question was inspired by a Tweet discussion I had with an English professor, who knew I loved "Twilight." He said, "My students have gone "Twilight" crazy. It's all they want to talk about. How can I take advantage of their enthusiasm," he asked.
"There are lots of ways I responded, "You could, have them identify plot and character similarities between "Twilight" and some of the wonderful literature that inspired it's creation. Or here's an idea I said "Do you remember Aristotle's six different kinds of love.......
So at a large State University hundreds of students are scratching their heads, looking at their exam papers, and trying to answer the same question that is before you today. I am certain that the questions are the same, since to help a friend, I wrote them both. Doc B
Around the world hundreds of High Schools and Colleges are trying to find ways to introduce the phenomenally popular "Twilight Saga" into their curriculum's. Question such as this one, and some of the others, you have answered" will help show them how. lol DB
**Xenia the love between a host and a guest. This may seem like an odd form of love to a modern woman or man. But in ancient times when foot and horse travel restricted movement to only 20 to 40 miles a day. And there were no safe public rest areas, it was an essential form of love to have if a civil society was to exist. As hard as this may be to believe, there are still isolated pockets in America's Southern States were people take joy in experiencing Xenia, be they either host or guest.
We sincerely look forward to learning, what your opinions are on this topic. BLIND POSTING RECOMMENDED*
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* BLIND POSTING RECOMMENDED: AS BELLA WOULD SAY. Do you post like a COWARDLY LION ? Example: You write a response to a discussion question. But before you post you opinion, you read what everyone else has posted, Then half the time you end up deleating your posts because someone else has already posted an opinion along the same line as yours.
OR: ARE YOU EMMET CULLEN'S FAVORITE TYPE OF POSTER: The BURLY BEAR ! Who writes his or her reply to the question. And then has the courage to post it, with out looking to see what anyone else has already said.
Why does this matter so much ? Because time and again someone will write a post with a simply brilliant thought, and then say "Oh, I almost deleted my response because, I found out that someone else's post contained 70% of what I had written. BUT DON'T YOU SEE ! IT OFTEN WAS THAT ONE LINE BRILLIANT THOUGHT, WHICH ALMOST GOT DELETED, that turned a good discussion into a great discussion.
We all love Edward and Bella. BUT COULD EITHER OF THEM LOVE A COWARDLY LION ? NO. They both could only love someone who had the courage to stand up to them! As Jung said: You can never find love or success UNLESS you are courageous. So type up your answer, close your eyes, and hit the "publish post box"
GOT AN E-MAIL FROM A STUDENT ORDERED TO DO HER MASTERS PAPER ON THE TWILIGHT SAGA. NOW THATS A GOOD PROF.