Essay on Love Conquers All

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Love Conquers All

Virgil said, "Love conquers all things, let us too surrender to love". Most people have
experienced the overwhelming feeling of love, thereby understanding that in the end,
nothing will stand in its way. Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Fitzgerald's The Great
Gatsby, Yzierska's Bread Givers, and Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God, and dorm life
show that love truly conquers all obstacles. In The Scarlet Letter, love conquers the
pressures of society, while in The Great Gatsby, love overcomes the test of time. In Bread
Givers, love triumphs over major differences caused by a wide generation gap and in Their
Eyes were Watching God, love overpowers the forces of nature and disease.

In The Scarlet Letter, Hester's love for Mr. Dimmesdale overcomes society's pressure and
keeps her from incriminating him as her lover. When the people call for her to "‘Speak;
and give your child a father!'" (Hawthorne, 74) she still refuses to give the name of the
father of her child. "‘I will not speak!' answered Hester, turning pale as
death…‘And my child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly
one!'" (Hawthorne, 74). The power of Hester's love gives her the strength to restrain
herself even when the crowd entreats her to help her child, if not herself. Even when
Dimmesdale, her lover, pleads with her to speak the name of her lover, she does not.
"‘If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace…I charge thee to speak out the name of
thy fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer!'" (Hawthorne, 73). Hester's love for Mr. Dimmesdale
is so powerful that even his appeals cannot sway her in her determination. Hester's love
was so mighty that it persisted over all obstacles.

In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's love for Daisy allows him to overcome time, to find her and
resume a relationship after college and five years away in the army. Because Gatsby loves
Daisy so strongly, and believes that she loves him as well, "He wanted nothing less of
Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you.'…after she was free,
they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house--just as if it were five
years ago…" (Fitzgerald, 116). Gatsby wants to "‘fix everything just the way it was
before" (Fitzgerald, 117). Gatsby loves Daisy so much that time means nothing to him: he
thinks that their relationship has resumed right where it had left off five years before.
Daisy's profession of love enforces this feeling when Daisy "went over to Gatsby, and
pulled his face down kissing him on the mouth. ‘You know I love you,' she murmured"
(Fitzgerald, 122-23). Gatsby and Daisy's love prevails against the test of time, when they
come together against all odds several years after the supposed end of their relationship.

In Bread Givers, Sara's ingrained love for her father wins out over the differences caused
by the wide generation gap between them. Even though Sara's father called her "Schlang!
Toad! Wild Animal! Thing of Evil!" (Yzierska, 206), she still helped him when he was in
need, saying, "I'll take you home. I'll see that you get what you need." (Yzierska, 285).
Sara's father hurt her in many ways because "He was the Old World. [Sara] was the New."
(Yzierzca, 207). Sara's father

"remembered the littlest fault of each and every one of us, from the time we were
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