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Throughout the history of art literature and theater the themes of friendship and love have been the most prevalent In numerous compositions including Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics and Platos The Symposium these themes are recurrent as the main topics of discussion Aristotle believes friendship to be a high and noble aim for mankind Analogously Plato considers love a necessity of life that enables human beings to acquire courage and happiness in both life and death Both philosophers believe that these two themes lead a person to eudaimonia or happiness Due to the similarity of the two themes friendship and love are closely interwoven thereby allowing the reader to intermingle the two themes In several chapters of Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle develops an original definition for friendship According to Aristotle We ought to wish for the good of our friend for the friends sakeIf the good will is on a reciprocal basis it is friendship This companionship can therefore be defined as the relationship between people who care about the general well being of each other This mutual concern for the good of the other person is the glue that holds together their relationship We conclude therefore that to be friends men must have good will for one another must each wish for the good of the otherand must each be aware of one anothers good will As a result people will only wish the best for a friend for the friends own sake This behavior of a true friend demonstrates genuine caring feelings for the other person As stated by Aristotle there are three kinds of friendship corresponding in number to the objects worthy of affection the good the pleasant and the usefulwhen the useful is the basis of affection men love because of the good they get our of it and the same goes for when pleasure is the basis of friendship In other words the friend is loved not because he is
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