Tutor profile: Katyana R.
Why is Sonnet 130 (my mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun) a more honest and accurate representation of love?
In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare utilises an Anti-Blazon to recall the aspects of his lover's appearance that are significantly less beautiful than the typical recipient of a sonnet. He claims that "when she walks [she] treads on the ground", implying that she is far from being the "goddess" that other poets claim their women to be. However, he presents readers with a Volta in the final couplet: "yet by heaven I think my love as rare/as any she belied with false compare". This final statement indicates that whilst the woman is not typically beautiful, his love for her is stronger and more realistic, because of her flaws.
Why is it important that we study literature of the past?
We learn History because we must learn from our mistakes. That is a widely accepted view, that should be extended to the study of Literature. Whilst History gives us the facts, Literature allows us to explore perspectives, opinions, and cultures from a more empathetic view; thus arguably providing a greater insight into society's previous mistakes. Literature of the past also allows readers to see how far language has developed, and become more eloquent themselves.
What impression does Webster give of Ferdinand in Act One of The Duchess of Malfi?
Webster portrays Ferdinand as a man hungry for power, and with little moral qualms. His corruption is clearly indicated in Act One, which is arguably intended to parallel the corruption of King James I's court; as the people of England were suspicious of his actions. Ferdinand's later violence is also foreshadowed throughout Act One, particularly in his threatening interaction with his sister. Webster intends for the audience to see Ferdinand as a central antagonist, which I will explore through the aforementioned areas.
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