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Aristophanes Views on Love In the Symposium a most interesting view on love and soul mates are provided by one of the characters Aristophanes In the speech of Aristophanes he says that there is basically a type of love that connects people Aristophanes begins his description of love by telling the tale of how love began He presents the tale of three sexes male female and a combination of both These three distinct sexes represented ones soul These souls split in half creating a mirror image of each one of them Aristophanes describes love as the search for the other half of your soul in this quote When a mans natural form was split in two each half went round looking for its other half They put their arms around one another and embraced each other in their desire to grow together again Aristophanes theme is the power of Eros and how not to abuse it Aristophanes thinks that a humans love is clearly a lack a lack of ones other half- and having no meant to satisfy themselves they begin to die Zeus having failed to foresee this difficulty repairs the damage by inventing sexual reproduction 191 b-c Any embracements of men with men or of women with women would of course be sterile though the participants would at least have some satiety of their union and a relief 191 c and therefore would be able to carry on the work of the world Sex therefore is at this stage a drive and the object is defined only as human Sexual preferences are to emerge only as the human gains experience enabling them to discover what their original form had been Aristophanes has mildly insulted the previous speakers in two ways By claiming that one of the original forms was androgynous he has suggested that heterosexuality is at least as natural as
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