The mOuntain Goats

The mOuntain Goats - Matt Deis Mr. McNerney WRT 105 25...

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Matt Deis Mr. McNerney WRT 105 25 January 2010 The Ends and Means of Love In the mind of any eight-year-old in a public elementary school, the word “love” excites images of pink and red paper hearts, fuzzy bears that sing songs when pressed in their stomachs, and of course, candy; tons and tons of candy. From the beginning of every child’s life, they are taught that love is good. That this thing called love is something born from the deepest emotions of every person’s hearts and that love could never be a negative emotion. Love could never result in the destruction of anything; love is a creator, love is a builder and first and foremost, love makes people happy. With this idea instilled in their mind, as the child grows and experiences life for themselves, it is easy for them to identify love in places and events that stem from happiness and creation. But when they are forced to confront an event that is bred from evil and reaps destruction, they become blind to love. The child was never taught that love could be found in even the most horrific of events, and so, the child does not even attempt to salvage any bit of goodness that could have been sought out through the devastation of that horrible event. In the song, “Love Love Love”, written by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats , the belief that love is a controllable force of goodness is challenged by events in the lives of historical and literary figures that follow paths of destruction during the search for love in their lives. The first words of the song, “King Saul”, immediately transfer the listeners mind to a time of regret, hubris and sadness, laying the groundwork for the meaning of the rest of the song. King Saul was the first King of Israel, and committed suicide after his defeat in battle against the
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Philistines and the loss of his three sons in that battle. King Saul’s death directly resulted in the appointment of Saul’s commander of armies, David, as the second of King of Israel. Hundreds of years later, it was discovered that King David was a direct relative of Jesus Christ himself. And so, it can be said that the appointment of David to King, led to the eventual birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the savior of all humanity. At first glance, the jealously and overwhelming pride of King Saul seems to reap no benefits. He lost his only three sons in a battle that he led and after all that, took his own life. Yet, through Saul’s suicide a child was born who grew to become the idol of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. That child grew to become a source of strength, wisdom and clarity for people in times of despair. Saul’s love, which was all was for himself, led him on a path of death and betrayal, leaving almost no signs of success along the way. Yet, through King Saul’s destruction, love was born in the person who was Jesus Christ. The idea of love being found in the rubble of destruction is a theme that is portrayed through all of the figures mentioned throughout the song. Love is not always
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