Chapter 4 Activities
Love: The Right Chemistry
A Focused Explanation of the Concept
Toufexis begins with the fact that there is science to romantic love, and that she
will discuss this in her essay. She then earns credibility by introducing a person
with a Ph.D, and getting his opinion on whether love is scientific. She follows that
with some brief history on the beginnings of love, and then dives into the
chemistry involved in love, which is her main focus.
She initially captures the readers interest by proclaiming that there is “nonsense
about romantic love” and that she is going to “put love under a microscope.” She
also later includes references in
Bram Stroker’s Dracula
and Marilyn Monroe’s
The Seven-Year Itch
to keep the readers interested. Another thing that helps keep
the reader’s interest is her comparison of chemicals involved in love to common
drugs, and how love is actually a “natural high”.
A Readable Plan
There are clearly four sections in her explanation of how chemistry is involved in
love, which are imprinting, attraction, attachment, and “the cuddle chemical”.
Dividing the main portion of the essay into four sections help the reader fully
understand all the ways chemistry is involved in love.
She had mentioned an idea earlier in the essay about goofy grins, sweaty palms,
heavy breathing and flushed skin. Yet it still hasn’t been explained why these
actions occur in love, and this is exactly what Toufexis states as she transitions
into the “love maps” section of her essay.
Appropriate Explanatory Strategies
Toufexis does a great job integrating causes and effects into her essay. She uses
many different strategies in doing this, including listing the cause, followed
immediately by the effect, listing the effect, and then explaining what caused it,
explaining the cause, and then numerous effects from it, and listing quotes that
include a cause followed by an effect. These different strategies keep the reader
interested, and informed.
Smooth Integration of Sources
She explains some of her sources credentials, when necessary. Yet, she only does
this once, and if she uses the same source again, she just refers to the source using