Erotomania Essay

Erotomania Essay - EROTOMANIA Assignment #2 Victoria...

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EROTOMANIA – Assignment #2 Victoria Hoffman TA: Miroslav Due Date: Dec.6/10 Assignment #2 CLC-1023
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Plato's Symposium deals with the study of love. It is a powerful philosophical examination of love where six characters have intellectual conversations and arguments about the meaning of love. Socrates, Agathon, Aristophanes, Eryximachus, Pausanias and Phaedrus are the six characters as noted in the Symposium . From the six characters, it is my opinion that Socrates presents the strongest case for the rationality of Eros. “Eros also called marital love, is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. In the classical world, the phenomenon of love was generally understood as a kind of madness or, as the Greeks put it, theia mania (“madness of gods”) ( www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros ). “The Greeks traditionally regarded eros as a divine power operating either beneath or beyond human rationality. If eros operated beneath human rationality, it was associated with animal copulation and hence considered irrational. If beyond, then it was associated with cosmic motions or divine affairs and hence considered supra- rational”( www.webct ). The symposium was considered a highly ritualized Greek social practice where the men gathered to dine and drink and have philosophical discussions. The drink- party takes place in a square room, in the man's part of the house. The guests at the symposium, are adult males who gather on couches usually arranged in a square for easy conversation, it is usually very male dominated, or could be seen today as a 'boys club'. The party is divided into two parts. First, there is the meal and once the meal is done then the drinking begins. Usually, the drinking is accompanied by conversation,
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singing and speeches. There are male and female slaves that provide music and entertainment as well as escort services for sexual pleasure. In Plato's Symposium , Eryximachus sends away the entertainment and suggests that this party would be more serious than normal as the members will have philosophical discussions to replace the erotic stimulation offered by the entertainment. Each member of the party is to speak about the praise of love and the meaning of love and paves the way to focus on homo-erotic love. The five characters in the Symposium , view the meaning of love differently but some share a similar concept. Several of the speeches centre around the connection between eroticism and virtue. Agathon relates to love as the beauty of wisdom, Aristophanes is the comedian and considers the erotic pursuit of wholeness, Eryximachus, the medical doctor views love in harmony, Pausanias, the lifelong lover of Agathon views it as mind over body and Phaedrus considers love as virtuous. Socrates suggests that sexual desire is an expression of certain deeper and more universal type of desire or motivation. From the six speakers, I chose Socrates as he is the most philosophical speaker of them all. He questions and dissects all the other
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2011 for the course CLC 1023 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '10 term at UWO.

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Erotomania Essay - EROTOMANIA Assignment #2 Victoria...

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