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13.2 A Ilha Namorada

Luís da Silva Pereira
Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Braga
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In The Lusiads, love, mythologically allegorized in Venus, is the energy that impels men to great deeds, transforms them into heroes and, finally, rewards them. It presents several manifestations: love of beautiful things and bodies, love of God and motherland, love of arts and literature, love of fame and glory. It leads individual actions and social organization. It is the destiny of all Humanity, as well. It is the efficient cause and final cause of all human activities. Finally, love conducts men to the perfection of knowledge. We can even say that experience of perfect love and perfect knowledge is the true reward of heroism.


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