Chapter 5 - Eros Pt.2
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The Four Loves

Chapter 5 - Eros, Pt. 2

  • 1. What is the "certain attitude" which Venus can evoke from pairs of lovers? What do you think about Lewis's assertion that lovers are role-playing in a pagan sacrament?




    2. What does Lewis mean when he claims that nakedness is not a natural state but an abnormal one?



  • 3. In what type of marriage is a husband's headship most fully embodied?



  • 4. What do you think Lewis means when he writes: "The real danger is not that husbands may grasp the [crown of thorns] too eagerly; but that they will allow or compel their wives to usurp it"?



  • 5. What support does Lewis offer for his contention that Eros does not aim at happiness?



  • 6. What are some of the dangers of Eros when he speaks like a god?




    7. How might we turn "being in love" into a religion?  What is the real danger in this?




 8. How is Eros the most fickle of loves?




 9.  What sort of marriage is most endangered by Eros? 




10.  What do "all good lovers know"?





Notes:

King Cophetua:  a painting by Sir Edward Burne-Jones as well as a poem by Tennyson, based on the legend of an African king who had no interest in women until he saw a beggar maid, fell instantly in love with her, and made her his queen. 

Milton's Dalila:  refers to Samson Agonistes, a poem published in 1671 by John Milton based on the biblical narrative of Samson and Delilah (Judges 13-16).

Benjamin Constant (1767-1830): Swiss-French philosopher and politician notorious for his love affair with Germaine de Staël, another French political thinker.

© 2008 by Allyson Wieland