Seniority: Low in “Romance” Yet High in “Love” by Ryan Turner

Companionate love is the growing feeling of appreciation and admiration for a significant other person in one’s life.  It can only be achieved through the passing of time, and certainly does not occur without continual sacrifice.  As opposed to romantic love, companionate love does not create an environment of infatuation for another person only when things are going one’s way, or when life seems to have no trials.  It continues to love the other person regardless of the context – happy or sad.

In the film Up, two young friends, Carl and Ellie, grow up together as the best of companions, and eventually get married.  Together, they spend all of life’s joys and simple successes.  However, when Ellie passes away, Carl feels lonely and longs to be with his wife again.  The film demonstrates companionate love because of the feelings of commitment that Carl and Ellie both showed each other over their life time.  They both valued the same things in life: simplicity, happiness, outdoors, and smiling.  Overall, companionate love endures not necessarily because of mutual “infatuation”, but rather because of a determination to stay committed to the other person by serving, listening to, and sharing all of life’s pleasures with her as long as life allows so. 0:00 – 3:20 (Up)

  1. #1 by kcalvarado1989 on June 5, 2012 - 8:17 PM

    This is a wonderful example of one of the different kinds love that is present in a relationships. (I love “UP!”) And it is interested to notice that companionate love is the kind that people really want. The physical stuff is a definite pleasure and motivation to be in a relationship but want you really hear people say is, “I want someone who I can grow old with.”
    -kim alvarado

  2. #2 by tiannajf10 on June 7, 2012 - 10:28 PM

    I think one important aspect of companionate love is that there is still passion in the relationship. I felt like the book made it sound like a companionate relationship is devoid of passion, but as shown in Up!, there is deeper kind of passion in companionate love. -Tianna Freeman

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