“Love, if you have it you don’t need anything else… and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” The simple text reflects the true identity of love which is illustrated by legendary stories about love.
Love – an everlasting feeling with ephemeral occurrences, a deep-set emotion often demanding superficial expression, a carnival of joys always leaving its bitter sweet memories behind. It is this very juxtaposition of contradictions that make love the most special feeling in the world. Thus, time and again we encapsulate love through words to celebrate its grandeur. What better way of doing it than hearing some more stories about love and fall in love with the feeling of love, all over again.
Soulful Stories About Love
What is it that comes to your mind when you think of love stories? Perhaps it is the father of love himself, Eric Segal quoting “Love means never having to say sorry” in his most unconventional and unforgettable tale of love, Love Story. You cheer for the haughty, rich heir Oliver Barrett IV when he woos the witty, tongue in cheek Jennifer Cavallery. You fight with them in times of their adversities, smile when they find peace and cry when Jenny leaves without an apology. That is what a good love story does to you; takes away the fiction and brings in reality.
Another masterpiece on love was penned down by Margaret Mitchell in her classic Gone With The Wind. An eternal saga of love combined with delusion, betrayal, rejection and denial, it traces the lives of the charismatic yet undaunted Scarlet O’Hara and the shrewd man with power, Rhett Butler as they live through the turmoil of the American Civil war. “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” a sheer expression of chauvinism that concludes this story, has evolved to be a popular expression among the contemporary lovers today.
A closer to heart story would be of the proud, arrogant Darcy and the smart, righteous Elizabeth in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The cold differences that the protagonists share brimming into a legendary love affair disregarding all social barriers, takes the readers’ hearts away. This powerful attraction is also backed by the softer romance cultivating between Elizabeth’s older sister Jane and Darcy’s friend Bingley. The story talks about the journey of the four through contrasting emotions and culminating into a happy ending.
If you believe that love knows no bars, that it does not discriminate against customs, cultures or age, then Nobel winning ‘Love in the Times of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquiz is the story for you. It talks of youthful and spirited love between the practical Fermina Daza and the passionate Florentino Ariza. After a separation of 50 years, they meet again and love follows them once more.
The list of love stories would endlessly go on but my conclusion is a small tribute to the shortest but most beautiful story defining love. The Gift of Magi by O’Henry not only talks of the unconditional element of love in relationships but unfathomable deeds lovers take up for love. Now, go read these stories about love once more, and explore love once again.