Love Is Universal By Miranda August 's `` Something That Needs Nothing ``

1384 Words May 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Love is universal. It’s a feeling that every person has felt at least one point in his or her lifetime. Some people search for what seems like a lifetime for love, whereas others may seem to fall in and out of love on a regular basis. Love is rarely defined because everyone experiences it differently. The power of love usually excites feelings of hope, unity, and bliss into one’s life, but it can also bring pain and heartache. Love is a two way street; both lovers need to be fully committed in order for the love to thrive. Love can last a lifetime if both partners in the relationship are equals. Equal in give and take, compromise, and feelings for one another, respect, trust and unconditional love for each other. Both short stories, “Modern Love” and “Something That Needs Nothing”, demonstrate the difficulties that love can cause when people are not equally in love.
In Miranda July’s “Something That Needs Nothing” the story evolves around the conflict of self-love by the two main characters, Pip and her childhood friend, commonly called the girl. Since before they were teenagers, Pip and the girl were planning to run away from home and begin a new life together. The girl explains, “We were anxious to begin our life as people who had no people” (July 69). Pip and the girl were two young lovers who felt abandoned even though they had family. The girl is one who is easily put down and feels like she is always lost within herself, missing out on all of the liveliness…
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