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Short Story Review: "Love Is a Fallacy" by Max Schulman

Kate likes ideas that challenge societal norms and natural order. As a reader, she deems to share her newfound ideas to the world.

Can Love Be Defined Logically?

In his short story “Love Is a Fallacy,” author Max Schulman narrates the attempt of a young man to use logic as his advantage to pursuit love. Ironically, however, he falls victim to his own fallacies. Through his use of sophisticated diction and satirical tone, Schulman proves that in certain cases, logic does not apply.

"Organic chemistry is the study of organs; inorganic chemistry is the study of the insides of organs." - Max Schulman

"Organic chemistry is the study of organs; inorganic chemistry is the study of the insides of organs." - Max Schulman

The foreshadowing was clear from the very beginning, that the protagonist’s arrogance and narcissism will inevitably be his downfall. Although the protagonist is not a very likable character, Schulman’s display of haughtiness turned mocking makes one read ‘till the very end to see if the protagonist will succeed in his endeavor at all.

The way the protagonist thinks that because he is well comprehended, he can easily be an eligible boyfriend and husband, is a logical fallacy in itself. This further proves that even the smartest could be outwitted when it comes to love and romance.

The irony and hypocrisy of the situation in the story are so brilliant and well constructed. I like the way Schulman demonstrates how logic and emotions, especially love, do not coexist. Both love and logic may hold truth but merging the two ideas so that they may justify each other is simply not possible.

In a logical sense, it may be concluded that love is a fallacy. Not in the way that it is purely a fabrication but because of how the way it works. Love sometimes disregards clear indications of error. It usually fails to recognize the most obvious warnings because it is blinded by what it only wants to see.

Love is not logical

Love is not logical

Though it has all the qualities of a fallacy, love is definitely not a fallacy. Nor is it a mere deception. It is so much more than having someone to complete our pieces. For a lot of people, it could be their lifeline, their surrender. Because in this tumultuous world, love is the only thing that could bring us happiness and stability. It would be unfair to conclude that it is a fallacy just because of how unexplainable and unpredictable it is.

In the short story, the protagonist must understand that it takes more than knowledge, logic, or reason to create an emotional connection. Love and logic are two incomparable ideas. One cannot live without both, but it would be a futile attempt to be logical about love.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is "Love is a Fallacy" by Max Schulman a poem or a novel?

Answer: It's a short story.

Question: In Max Schulman's "Love is a Fallacy," what is the narrator's reason for wanting Polly?

Answer: The narrator wanted Polly for show. He liked the idea of having a partner so that he could be formidable in society. Having a wife could mean that a person is capable of responsibilities outside himself which is a quality associated with respect and power and success.

© 2018 Kate Galvan


ronilyn panaguiton on December 09, 2019:

how would you describe the narrator in this story

Janica on July 17, 2019:

What are the assumption and claims of the author of Love is a fallacy?

Jiya on September 05, 2018:

What does polly mean in her las sentence -"because he got a racoon coat"

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