W06 October 21, Fallacious Woman: An Analysis of Max Shulman’s Love is a Fallacy Reading is a favorite past time of many people in the world. It has the. I think the title says it all. Love is a fallacy; love is a false belief. This story talks about a nerd who is apparently in love with a blond dumb chick (Polly Espy). Max Shulman (March 14, –August 28, ) Love? Or Fallacy? we have now spent five evenings together. We have gotten along splendidly. It is clear.

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The only drawback to his plan was that Polly Epsy did not seem to be the brightest girl on campus — much to the contrary; she seems to be quite airheaded.

Shuljan in your details below or click an icon to log in: The nerd and the jock are roommates in the university. Educational and amusing short story. After going on five dates, and asking her to go steady with him, Polly denies him by using all the knowledge he had taught her. It’s clever and amusing.

Reading can even take the reader to places that do not exist, or places that once did but will never again. To mxx rid of his competitor, Petey, he x with him that Petey gets a raccoon coat if he leaves Polly to him. But then again, that is a hypothesis contrary to fact.

Love Is a Fallacy by Max Shulman

She retorts by saying that he has made a hasty generalization on the grounds that they mwx only gone out on 5 dates. I love what you write about Frankenstein! By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Books by Max Shulman.

The nerd and Polly go out on dates for five days, and he taught her the fallacies and it took her a while to learn them. Sorry, but full essay samples are available only for registered users Choose a Membership Plan.


We’ll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. Want to Read saving…. Then again x must equal 1. But being the keen and calculating fellow he is, the narrator will educate this beautiful woman and make her more suitable for him. And he also asked her to give him a logical reason why she should go steady with Petey Bellows and she responded because he has a raccoon coat.

Shulman has Polly point out the very same fallacies that the narrator taught her in his own arguments and declarations of love for her, perhaps showing a hint of intelligence that the narrator taught her — or intelligence that she had all along.

Petey is loce illogical young man who desperately wants a raccoon coat, and he makes a deal with the narrator to give him Polly for a coat — because anybody who is anybody at the time has a raccoon coat. You are commenting using your WordPress. Polly is a beautiful girl whom the main character is infatuated with, as he sees her as a girl that would be fitting for the man he was to become.

He thinks, he sjulman everything except the right woman.

Love Is a Fallacy

Laura Steinert English Jan 06, aidrielle rated it really liked it. Shulman illustrates the inner struggle of Shulmn while he battles between his want of a raccoon coat to mx up with the latest fad and the thought of giving up the girl he likes for it by writing some dialogue between the narrator and Petey. At the end he asked her for a chance but she responded with fallacies that he had taught her. May 07, Bella rated it liked it.

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The main character studying at a law school, cant help but think about who his wife will be one day, hoping it will be Polly Espy. Polly learns fallaxy lesson and when he asks her if she wants to go steady with him, she defeats because she wants to go steady with Petey. Olivia rated it really liked it Maz 25, This story teaches us the lesson about materialistic objects, and true friendship.


Love is a fallacy; love is a false belief. These ironies add a very humorous tinge to this educational story, but the greatest irony is when he finds out the reason that Polly is now going steady with Petey now. Aug 23, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The basic fallacies that are taught to Polly are meant by Shulman to also give the reader some groundwork for understanding fallacious arguments.

Feel free to comment this. The main character, who is narrating Sorry, but full essay samples are available only for registered users. He desires Polly, not emotionally but as an object to further his success as a lawyer. Joey rated it really liked it Sep 22, In the beginning of Love is a Fallacy, Shulman creates the character of loev narrator as a egocentric young fellow who thinks quite highly of himself.

Major Payne rated it liked it Jul 16, In this way, I proved my hypothesis. Lists with This Book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You sure did a good loe correcting my love equation. Reply to this comment. Amusingly, the reason is that he owns a raccoon coat.

Maybe Petey and Polly were not as dumb as the narrator might have thought. His own lessons about logic turns to the scales against himself when he tries to convince her that he is the right choice. Petey thought about it and at the end he accepted the deal.