The Village
In M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, most of the plot is about love. Every single one of the elders lost a loved one so they gave up everything else to escape that pain. Once they were completely isolated in their new village, they let their love flourish. Everything they loved now became a part of that village, even the pain of their lost loved ones. That was the whole reason why they made up the secret of "the ones they don't speak of". Those creatures represented the horrors of their lost loves in their pasts. On a less general note, the love between Ivy and Lucias could not be stopped. Noah tried to show his love for Ivy by trying to get Lucias out of the picture. That didn't work so well, but it did put a kink in Ivy and Lucias's love. Lucias was then forced to fight for his life. He probably would've died if it wasn't for his love, Ivy. She risked everything by traveling to the outside towns to get medecine. Nothing stopped her, not even when she thought she was being attacked by a creature. She kept going because she knew if she failed, Lucias would die. That's what kept her going.


The Crucible In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, love is also one of the center conflicts. Abigails love for John Proctor drives her to create stories of being controlled by witchcraft. She tries to accuse Mrs. Proctor of being a witch so that she will be hung and Abigail can have John all to herself. Fortunately for everyone but Abigail, her plan does not succeed because the love is only one sided. Abigail may be madly in love with John, but he has a wife, he's already found his love. This love for his wife causes him to lose his life. He was accused of being a witch for defending her. He denied being a witch, which caused him to be hanged to death. John did everything in his power to spare his wife's love, he gave his life. Looking at his wife's perspective, however, it shows that maybe she didn't really completely love him anymore. He commited adultery with Abigail, losing Mrs. Proctor's trust and quite possibly her complete and absolute love for him. The love in The Crucible just became one big circle in a sense, starting with Abigail. She loved John, but he didn't love her, so she gave up everything to have it thrown in her face. John loved his wife, so he gave up everything and died. Mrs. Proctor loved John and was willing to give up everything for him, but in the end maybe she didn't love him enough anymore, therefore she lost him.

The Old Man and the Sea In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea, the old man owes his life to the power of love. While he was trying to catch the fish, he treated the fish as an equal, a brother. Towards the end he didn't even want to catch the fish because he felt it wasn't his right to take the fish's life. Without this love for the fish, the old man would've died. The fish loved the old man just as equally, so the old man survived. Also, the old man had a deep love for the boy. The boy loved the old man unconditionally and took care of him and gave him everything in his power that he needed. The old man's life was completely dependent on his love with the fish and the boy.

The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Beesshows exactly how far the power of love can pull someone. Lily hated her father, so she decided to run away. However, she loved her mother so much that she took her mothers belongings and went out on a journey to try to find where her mother came from. All she had was a plaque of a black Mary with Tiburon, South Carolina written on the back, but love guided her to find her mother's old friends.


The Bell Jar
In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, the love Dr. Nolan has for her patients, especially Esther, saves Esther's life. Esther attempted suicide many times in her depressed state and the only reason why she snapped out of that state was because of Dr. Nolan. She made sure that Esther's treatment was administered properly and Esther was well taken care of. Dr. Nolan went out of her way to make sure Esther felt safe and comfortable with her treatment. She earned Esther's trust completely and she deserved it. Without Dr. Nolan, Esther would've eventually succeeded in killing herself.

The Tell-Tale Heart
In Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator's love for the old man's eye drives him to insanity. The narrator is so passionately obsessed with the eye that it even drives him to kill the old man. In the beginning, the narrator admits to loving the old man, as a friend. Who in their right minds would kill someone they absolutely and undoubtedly love? It was his love for the eye that drove him to kill the old man. Nothing, not even a lesser love, could overpower the pull of true love, forcing the narrator to kill the old man.


A Rose For Emily
A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner tells the ultimate struggle because of love. I interpreted it as Emily's servant was so in love with Emily that he killed her sweetheart to have her all to himself. Emily was so in love with Homer, however, that she kept his body in her house and slept in his skeletal arms every night. She still loved him, his lack of life did not get in the way of love. It doesn't really say what happens to Emily's servant but I'm pretty sure that he either died soon after Emily or was never seen or heard from again after her death. He was in love with her, he let it consume his life, he gave up everything.
Memories - Romanticism Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown
With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.
And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?
I fear to ask; yet wherefore are my fears?
Pleasures, like flowers, may whither and decay,
And yet the roof perennial may be.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The narrator is so in love with these past memories that he has. He fears that they will go away completely, that he will forget them forever. It also scares him so bad that the other people in his memories may not even have the same, joyous experiences as him. In the end, however, he realizes that he will never be able to forget these memories which he holds so near and dear to his heart.

Julia Butterfly Hill - Transcendentalism
Julia Butterfly Hill gave credit for her motivation to love.
"Love holds me fiercely accountable," she said. She said the only reason why she lived in a tree to save the forest was because of the love she had for all of them, they were the only reason why she was there. She lived 180 feet above the ground in a 1,000 year old redwood tree because she loved them dearly. When construction workers started plowing down trees around her, Julia was almost knocked out of her own tree, to her death. She had so much love for these trees that she was willing to give her life. That is the ultimate sacrifice for love, yet nothing can stop it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Transcendentalism
Give all to love; obey thy heart.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson is trying to show everyone that they just need to follow their heart, which they need to surrender all of their worries and all the bad stuff in their lives to love. Love will take it all away. Love is so important that it deserves to be given your all. Just obey your heart, trust your instincts, and all will be well.


Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass's autobiography tells the tale of love. This love, however, is the love of oneself. Most people think they have superiority over every other race. They love their own race so much that they consider every other race as an animal, something that isn't even close to being an equal.