The division between platonic and romantic love is the division between a friend and a romantic partner; however, analyzing these relationships closer, the difference between platonic and romantic love in media and society is largely contested. Studying various classical philosophical texts and literature, this essay deconstructs this divided consensus and concludes that, while platonic love is founded in goodwill and romantic love in attraction, both facilitate relationships that support and better their participants. Unlike friendship, romance additionally garners a latent need to immortalize the relationship and a deeper expectation of vulnerability and loyalty, with its facet of sexual pleasure.
"Where is the Divide?,"
FYS Endeavor - 2021-2022: Vol. 1, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/fys-endeavor/vol1/iss1/17