Religion 35: Love and Caring Unit Project Name: Love Song Analysis

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Religion 35: Love and Caring Unit Project Name: ________________

Love Song Analysis

Date: ________________

Due: January 9th 2015

As a class we defined love by the following adjectives and examples:

And Infatuation as:

  • Intense

  • Short-lived

  • One night stand

  • Lust

  • Rapid

Your task is to analyze the lyrics of a love song based on the above examples and the following definitions:

Love: an intense and long-lasting feeling of deep affection

Infatuation: an intense but short-lived feeling of admiration for someone or something

Step 1: choose a love song (must be school appropriate or radio edit if not) whose lyrics you would like to analyze, print off the lyrics.

Step 2: Analyze the lyrics, and answer the following questions

  1. Is the song an example of love or infatuation? (provide at least three examples from the song that support your response) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. State your opinion: Is there a problem with love songs being more often about infatuation rather than love? Why or why not? Where are children/young teens primarily learning about love? Where should they be? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Step 3: Use your responses from the two questions and your analysis of the film “Yours, Mine and Ours” to write a short essay on love and caring in intimate relationships, in families and how couples and families are affected by the media’s portrayal of love vs. what the church and traditions say love should be.

In your opinion does the mass media – romantic comedies, love songs, and sappy stories in the newspaper or unrealistic memes on the internet – affect our view of what love is and what a loving relationship or a loving family should be?

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