asymmetrical nature of love of man and woman."Love is of man's life a thing apart 'Tis woman's whole existence." Discuss the asymmetrical nature of love of man and woman by referring to the comedy...

asymmetrical nature of love of man and woman.

"Love is of man's life a thing apart
'Tis woman's whole existence."

Discuss the asymmetrical nature of love of man and woman by referring to the comedy plays, such as The Playboy Of The Western World, A Midsummer Night's Dream or anything else you consider.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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In regards to the asymmetrical nature of love, my mind took your quote in a completely different direction.  Because this is a discussion, I hope you don't mind if I take your last phrase literally and depart from the comedies.  It struck me almost immediately:  the exact opposite is true in The Great Gatsby!  In fact, you could almost say love is of DAISY'S life a thing apart and 'tis GATSBY's whole existence.  Ha!  Ironically, even when you are looking at opposites here, it still nicely exemplifies the asymmetrical nature of love!  In this case, Daisy's "love" for Tom is about security and materialism, not about the usual romantic love we would consider in a play such as Romeo and Juliet.  Then there's Gatsby, the poor guy.  Falls in love while he's poor and pines until he's rich and living across the bay.  The image of Gatsby staring longingly towards Daisy's green light speaks volumes.  The difference here is degree of intensity.  It's SO opposite of our usual idea of love and so asymmetrical, ... it's actually creepy.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I have not read The Playboy of the Western World, and it's been forever since I've read A Midsummer Night's Dream, but since you said or any...This makes me think of the saying, "A man has sex and falls in love. A woman falls in love, and then has sex."

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