The Nature of Love

At the start of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, both protagonists feel that love is too much effort and that the search for it involves too much heartbreak. When Tiny Cooper and Will Grayson (of Naperville) break up, the latter wonders whether it was worth falling in love. In a discussion with the other Will Grayson, he confesses that looking for love is like a never-ending game of trial and error. However, since Will and Jane are together, he suggests that a better representation would be “try-error-try” until you find it. It may be that finding a happy relationship is what makes the pain of breaking up along the way worthwhile.

Will Grayson (of Chicago) overcomes a similar difficulty over the course of the novel. Will thinks that relationships are unnecessary drama and that he should never kiss a girl he likes. However, Will realizes that he should be more assertive in his life. He begins to pursue Jane and finds that he really enjoys having her in his life. In fact, he finds that her advice really helps him in all of his relationships. Will is convinced that relationships are worth pursuing, and he is able to convince the other Will Grayson that it is true.

However, looking for love can be very painful. At the end of his musical Hold Me Closer, Tiny explains to the audience that love is about falling and often landing. He says, “It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.” However, by this time, Will Grayson (of Naperville) explains that love does not always have to hurt. Instead, the point of love is to feel like you are floating. Although he is not prepared to be in a relationship with Tiny, Will declares onstage that he appreciates Tiny Cooper, and the entire cast and audience repeats the sentiment before bursting into applause. As the novel closes, Will writes:

the applause continues. i look up at tiny cooper. he may be heavy, but right now he floats.


(The entire section is 817 words.)