Analysis of Bacon’s essay ‘OF LOVE’ In this essay, “Of Love” Bacon tries to alter reader’s understanding by pointing out the shortcomings of love by focuses his attention on three points: Love is entertaining only on stage, it is an exaggerated form of expression in literature and wisdom and love wouldn’t coexist. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.
He starts his essay by plunging direct into the crux of his argument which is confined in a short sentence, “The stage is more beholding of Love, than the real life of man.” He in the next line articulates the Aristotelian classification of stage i.e. He believes that only plays are capable of portraying love that is pure and gives joy while in reality love is digressive, deluding and impish in nature like In his view, this potent sensation is for the private life like religion and can be shared with friends, spouse and with the creatures of God, if it follows enthusiastically in the streets it becomes an emasculating influence. Lewis’s “The Four Loves” we also find some categorization of love but for him this suffering is a pivotal ingredient of life. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.
The last example, which Bacon quotes, is of Simeon. The first benefit of death, which Sir Francis Bacon, mentions is that people glorify good deeds of the dead. The second reason, which Bacon has mentioned is sarcastic.
He wished to see Christ and when he achieved his goal of seeing Christ, he happily died. He says that when a person dies, his enemies do not feel jealous for him. Sir Francis Bacon encourages his readers to accept death as a law of nature.
It is true that people afraid of death just like children afraid of the darkness. Similarly, agonies of death are told to human beings due to which they fear from it.
When a person thinks about death, he imagines it from one of the two perspectives: religious and natural.
If he is thinking that death is a procedure to travel from one world to the other and he would be punished because of his sins, then he is thinking from a religious perspective.
Conversely, a person may think from a natural perspective; he may think that death is certain; it is the law of nature.
At the end of the essay, readers feel that the author has convinced them.
Ultimately, readers thank Sir Francis Bacon because fear of death, at least for the time being, diminishes from the minds of the readers. Children listen stories of ghosts; elders tell them that ghosts appear at night; therefore, they feel afraid of darkness.