Love is blind

How many times have you heard about “Love is blind”? I bet a lot. But do you know that the origin of this quote goes back to the Elizabethan Age? It is linked to a famous author…William Shakespeare!

He said:

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

This is one of the most beautiful lines of Shakespeare and we can find it in his play “A midsummer night’s dream”. This play’s plot is very intricate because there are some lovers that escape from the rules of the city to love who they want; at the same time in the wood there are actors that are playing and the queen and the king of fairies have argued and they’re causing disorder.

These lines express an important theme, love, recurrent in the author’s plays and sonnets. It isn’t true that a person falls in love only with another one who seems to be pretty. Shakespeare tried to explain this in his work, for example when he makes Titania fall in love whit Bottom, whose face was transformed into a donkey; or when he talks about Hermia, who wants to love freely and not be obliged by her father’s will.

A scene from the film

Love is searching for a brilliant mind to admire. Beauty doesn’t last forever, while an open, beautiful and clever mind is stronger. For example, sometimes you think you are in love with a handsome man, but it is just his appearance and not what it’s inside of him…having a pretty face doesn’t always mean being a good person. If you are in a relationship, you are supposed to love this person and in my opinion, you can’t only because he/she is pretty; I can’t deny that beauty is an important element but you might get bored of it. If you love and estimate a person, especially for his thoughts, you two are on the right road to be happy forever. You will never get bored of listening to his/her ideas and opinions, on the contrary, you will consider these things beautiful, even more, that a pretty face. 

What’s your opinion on this topic? Do you agree with Shakespeare or do you focus more on appearance?

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Autore:

Salvina Mellimaci

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4°B Liceo Linguistico Enrico Medi Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto

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