Plato's "Symposium"

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“Love is many splendid thing, all you need is love,” this quote is from one of my favorite songs entitled Elephant Love Medley which is featured in the movical (a movie musical), Moulin Rouge. The song is a duet between Christian, a playwright, and Satine, the lead actress of his current play, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman play the two roles. This song is a compilation of love songs that were qui (Kidman, McGregor and Leguizamo)te popular during the 20th century, Christian is singing to Satine trying to convince her that they can love each other and that nothing else matters. When I was reading Plato’s Symposium this song kept playing in my mind for the fact that it addresses different kinds of love, or eros, which is the main concept of the Symposium, just with a different approach. Everyone has heard of Plato’s Symposium at one point in their life, after all it is a literary classic. When I began reading the novel I had no idea what a symposium really was, but according to the book’s introduction a symposium literally means “drinks party” when translated into English so if that is transliterated it informs readers that it is a party in which there would be consumption of alcohol (xiii, Plato). A symposium was also only meant for men and it was typically for the upper-class in which the host would provide a meal, entertainment, and alcoholic beverages (xiii, Plato). This particular symposium is in celebration of the tragedian playwright, Agathon, who had just won first prize for his tragedy at the Lenean festival (xiii, Plato). At the party there are seven speeches made about love by six different speakers, these speakers include: Phaedrus, Pausanias, Aristophanes, Eryximachus, Agathon, and Socrates; it is believed... ... middle of paper ... ... stray from it and make a mistake. The consequences for straying from this always result in pain and suffering for at least one person, which is in my opinion the opposite of love. Do not misunderstand me, I do believe in monogomous relationships, but in my opinion that is a specific bond that the two people can share and no one else is involved in. The two people have a mental and phyical understanding of eachother that may be more detailed than the way the understand themselves. With my form of love people in relationships are able to display love to others in a platonic way that is not unfaithful to their significant other and save certain aspects of love for that specifc person. Works Cited Moulin Rouge. Dir. Baz Luhrmann. Perf. Nicole Kidman, et al. 20th Century Fox. 2002. Plato. Symposium. Trans. Robin Waterfield. Oxford: Oxford World's Classics, 1994.

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