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I need a word for when a person feels very drawn to something in a way that the object itself is calling out to you and as a result, you feel drawn to it. I'm trying to write an essay on the first chapter of Helen Keller's Story of my Life, and in one account, she recounts looking at the shadows of leaves on the wall of her bathroom when she was only a year old and getting so excited by looking at them that she walked towards them. I need to describe how she was drawn to nature...but I can't find the word.

  • beckoned and invited come to mind, but sadly don't really work here. – Lordology Mar 21 at 7:29
  • Isn't this known as "love"? – Hot Licks Mar 22 at 0:33
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When one has that feeling, it can be said that the something has an allure.

In the example scenario, Helen could not resist the allure of the shadows of leaves on the wall of her bathroom.

ODO:

allure
NOUN [mass noun]
The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.

‘One man who knows, all too well, Everest's seductive allure is British climber Doug Scott.’

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According to your description a word for when a person feels very drawn to something in a way that the object itself is calling out to you and as a result, you feel drawn to it.

I'd suggest the word gravitate. On-line Thesaurus has following synonyms: be pulled, be influenced, sink, be attracted, drift etc.

Cambridge On-line dictionary define it as: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/gravitate

to be attracted to or move toward something:

"People tend to gravitate to the beaches here."

"Capybaras are so magical other animals gravitate towards them."

  • Please don't use code blocks when you aren't writing code. – Lordology Mar 22 at 8:34

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