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The Lottery: Tessie Hutchinson is a flustered middle aged wife, coming late to the traditional "Lottery" and apologizing profusely. As the first slips of paper are drawn, Tessie notices her husband has gotten the black dot on his paper. Quickly, so as to hopefully proclaim innocence, she protests the unfairness and they are all allowed to put their slips of paper back. Upon redrawing, Tessie receives the black dot this time. Even though, as tradition proclaims, she was stoned to death, by mother, husband, sister, children, brother, cousin, aunt alike, she had love. Even though she protested against the injustice brutally done to her, she had love. She sacrificed herself for her husband, not something many of us realize. She had explained how unfair it was that Bill should get the piece of paper, so in turn, she got chosen. It may not be right or fair, but even though her love didn't save herself, she at least had saved Bill. Love was still very evident in this piece, and at least I see it like that.
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The Minister's Veil: The minister demonstrates love through his veil. Even though it's a mask that hides his face from the world, what he's merely doing is hiding the world from evil. He wants to protect those who suffer, and in doing so, he sacrifices himself to rumors, gossip, drama, anger, sadness, and betrayal. He has such an everlasting hope, such a flame of love for the people around him, he bares himself so that he can save them. It's true beauty portrayed in a selfless act of love. Romance.jpg
Romantic Poetry: This pretty much explains itself, but as an example, romantic poets usually try to express their feelings through love. Their poetry flows with a rhythym unlike the usual. It sweetly combines the classic romance with the thirst of passion. It leaves a reader wanting more, needing to hear more of what comes next. That's the job of a poet, to use words to create a different world within a reader's brain. It gives you a flash of flame, a hint of passion, and just a bit of romance all to just keep your attention. They are expressing their feelings through love and show it in the most meaningful way possible. intothewild.jpg

Chris McCandles: Chris was very hard to determine in my personal philosophy at first. I mean there was no fling or affair going on in his life, how could I compare him. But then I remembered what his main purpose was about: Transcendentalism. I remembered that the love in his life was nature; the beauty of nature and the simplicity behind it. I could see his motives and intentions about going into the woods alone. All he wanted to do was experience the passion behind his life. He wanted to find the burning flame that drove him into the woods to stay. And, even though he had wanted to come back and didn't make it, he still had fulfilled his life's desire. To be away, from any kind of humanity, live off of the land, and feel the emotions that nature's beauty brings out in all of us. And he did that. To say he never felt love would be like saying he died in vain. He didn't die in vain, he died in glory and went out in a flash of passion.

38960_full.jpg Transcendentalism: "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." — Louisa May Alcott: This Transcendentalist quote reveals the nature behind people's hopes, thoughts, and dreams. A dream is, understandably, a wish that your heart makes. The love, the passion, the fuel behind your fire. Your dreams are what you want to try and pursue in your life. Your dreams are something you want to happen, your life goals. Your highest aspirations are beautiful; things that all of us just wish we could achieve. And although sometimes it gets hard, it's also always worth it, especially when the ending is so glorious. Holding_Hands.jpg Frederick Douglass: In this book, at first, I had a hard time finding love in the story. It was hard to see how beatings and whippings could bring together love in this story. Then I realized how much the tragedy and hardship in his life brought him together with other people. His love for life and passion for love was what had got him through. He had a passion for living, a dream of being free. It set him free. Instead of becoming a slave for life, and feeling like a slave for life, he became a man, and in that, felt completely at peace. That is something I marvel at.