A person or character feels an instant, extreme, and ultimately long-lasting romantic attraction for a stranger upon first seeing that individual, which is a personal experience as well as a common literary cliche. Falling in love at first sight has been a recurring motif in Western narrative since the dawn of time, as described by poets and critics. The phenomena of “love at first sight” was seen in the classical world as part of a larger concept of passionate love as a form of madness. This love passion was explained through a complex metaphoric and mythological psychological impact including “love’s arrows” or “love darts,” the source of which was frequently attributed to the mythological Eros or Cupid, and occasionally to other mythological deities (such as Rumor). The source of the arrows was sometimes supposed to be the vision of the lovely love object itself. If the arrows hit the lover’s eyes, they’ll travel to his or her heart and ‘pierce’ it, overwhelming them with need and longing (love sickness). To create oxymorons and rhetorical antithesis, the notion of a “arrow’s wound” was sometimes used.
“Love at first sight” was defined as the lover’s quick and immediate beguilement as a result of these processes, and it is shown in a number of Greek and Roman works. Narcissus is quickly fascinated and charmed by his own (unbeknownst to him) picture in Ovid’s 8 AD epic Metamorphoses, and Echo falls in love with Narcissus at first sight. The lover in Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon “As soon as I saw her, I was lost,” Clitophon says of his personal encounter with the phenomenon. Beauty’s wound is more piercing than any weapon’s, because it flows from the eyes to the soul. Love’s wound passes through the eye, and I’ve become a victim of a slew of emotions.”
In Plato’s Symposium, Aristophanes describes the separation of primitive double-creatures into modern men and women and their subsequent search for their missing half: “They are both so intoxicated with affection, friendship, and love, that they cannot bear to let each other out of sight for a single instant.”