Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Monday nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE AFA Seminar! See locations and dates here.

View Active Topics       View Your Posts       Latest 100 Topics       FAQ Topics       Switch to Mobile

Are we living in classic literature?

Discuss and talk about any general topic.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Are we living in classic literature?

Postby Tezcatlipoca » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:29 pm

I don't mean this literally, but if you read a lot of old books there are a lot of similar themes to what men are complaining about on this forum today and themes in classical literature.


Crime & Punishment: Raskolnikov's romance with a prostitute
Jane Eyre: A young schoolmistress falls in love with a much older wealthy man
Madame Bovary: a beautiful poor woman marries a sequence of men to sustain her luxurious lifestyle
Candide: a young idealistic man chases a woman so hard he ends up harming his life
Cyrano de Bergerac: a man with a facial deformity believes the woman he loves cannot love him in return, he helps a more attractive man win her heart and in the end she finds out it was he she loved all along.
The Great Gatsby: A man achieves great wealth and social status in order to win the love of a high society woman

I do think things have changed in the culture, but perhaps to one level or another these stories always have existed and always will exist?
Freshman Poster
Posts: 151
Joined: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:42 am
Location: California

Postby Someone » Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:02 am

Depends on how traditional you are. Would you sacrifice everything for a woman? Are you a romantic? Further, do you believe that your worth as a man is primarily a function of your ability to provide (i.e. resources and wealth)? If you answered "yes" to these questions you're probably conservative. In which case, yes, these traditional themes will ring true.
Freshman Poster
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:08 am

Postby Ghost » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:33 am

Nihil sub sole novum.
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 5749
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:23 am

Postby fschmidt » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:23 am

Tezcatlipoca, you have the wrong time periods. Look at other decaying cultures. Try Chaucer, The Secret History by Procopius, The Golden Ass by Lucius, or Juvenal.
Following the Old Testament, not evil modern culture
Veteran Poster
Posts: 2287
Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 8:16 am
Location: El Paso, TX

Return to General Discussions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests