Life is lost without love, but what is love without desire? Could it be that love is an arguable thought, something that is not as strong as what we perceive it to be? Could love be merely an instrument used by society to justify their foolishness? Is it true that this idea we call love, is nothing but a fabrication of the mind fueled by the intense desire to posses?
Some of these questions find answers only in the minds of skeptics. But if one would look closely into what society there is at present, one would glimpse this glitch in the perfect concept of love and devotion. What love we know today, is influenced by many things, and is not merely an emotion coming from the heart. It may exude passion and vigor, but before these there was desire. Indeed, desire is an abstract idea but let us see it in the context of modern society's struggle to "fit in." Each member of this community has based their personality, consciously or otherwise, on what the other members of society may think is right or wrong, nice or bad, perfect or flawed. Given that, each has a responsibility to be like every one else; imitating the others and making themselves mere copies of the originals. The problem with this is that a person loses his individuality by trying to build a personality which is not based on one's own mind, but on what society dictates. How is this portrayed in the story?
Alfredo was once in love with Esperanza, no doubt, but there comes a time when love fades, and the only thing holding you together is the vow you gave your fiancée, that which you cannot take back. Why can't you take it back? This is because before man becomes complete he must at some point in life marry someone; create a family, therefore contributing to society through procreation, above all things. It is the norm to get married while one is still capable (meaning young), increasing the chances of having a healthy family. So, instead of from love, desire springs forth from the need to be like everyone else. Alfredo, though reluctant, eventually gave in to society's call for similitude. What's visibly wrong about this is that most often than not, men refuse to listen to their own yearnings and simply submit to further dehumanization.
Love here, though perhaps genuine to a point, for Alfredo, is seemingly weak and purposive. Weak, because it is eventually overcome by propriety, and purposive because it was merely a tool to justify his desire to go against society; that for once he will not be a puppet, but the master of his own fate. In the story, Alfredo falls drastically in love with Julia even as he is engaged to Esperanza, but in the end forgoes the idea. He kept on holding on to that glimmer of "what could have been" through out the years of his marriage to Esperanza, but upon meeting Julia again, he realizes that what he thought was there, had now gone for more than one reason.
First, it is possible to say that after what society has done to him (dehumanized...