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Defining the word love is almost impossible No other word in the English language has so many different connotations and uses There can be no one true single definition However for the purpose of this paper I have come to the following conclusion Love is an intense emotion characterized by unwavering admiration and caring between two people who consider themselves to be perfect equals in the eyes of God To consider oneself a complete equal with another a deep understanding and respect of the other person must be developed There should be no instances of immature jealousy or pointless wishes Each person must revere the other for who they are and expect nothing more of them Only when this point has been reached true love will be present As the story begins Narcissus and Goldmund already have a very special relationship is growing and changing as the novel goes on However I believe that neither of them ever really experiences the bonds of unwavering love and equality until the very end The relationship begins innocently enough Goldmund is a young student while Narcissus is his older mentor at the Mariabronn cloister Goldmund admires the learned mind and discerning wit of Narcissus while Narcissus respects the strong delicate senses that Goldmund possesses However when Narcissus confronts Goldmund with his gifted observations of him it is a valid indication of the type of relationship that has so far grown between them I am superior to you only in one point Im awake whereas you are only half awake or completely asleep sometimes Natures of your kind are almost always superior to us creatures of the mind You live fully you were endowed with the strength of love the ability to feel Narcissus clearly feels that there exists a separation between himself and Goldmund In his eyes they are not and can never be equal He even seems to imply that he
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