I believe that love and hate is presented in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Robert Browning poetry. I believe that both Shakespeare and Robert Browning poems show us that there is unrequited love, as well as how quickly love can change to hate. I’m going to present my reasons from Porphyria’s Lover, The Labatory, Julius Caesar.
In Porphyria’s Lover, Robert Browning shows unrequited love as well as obsession between the narrator and Porphyria. I believe that the narrator is panicking about something that has either happened or is going to happen. I think I see this when Robert Browning says, “When glided in Porphyria; straight she shut the cold out and the storm.” I believe this telling us how the narrator is feeling in relation with the environment. Two lines down he describes that when Porphyria walks in he feels warm. This could show that Porphyria’s lover has deep feelings for her and he feels warm and better inside when she’s around. On line 18, Robert Browning uses foreshadowing to show obsession for Porphyria. I believe he shows obsession by foreshadowing when the lover keeps on talking about her yellow hair. I believe this is foreshadowing after reading the rest of the poem because, in the end he strangles Porphyria. I believe that the narrator believes that he has unrequited love for Porphyria, but what he doesn’t realise is that Porphyria actually loved him. But then I also believe that he always knew that she loved him because of the line where he says “I knew Porphyria worshipped me”. There could be many motives for him to kill Porphyria, but the idea that he killed her for unrequited love and if he couldn’t have her, no one could have her. Robert Browning could also imply that love could lead to hateful acts. I think that Browning is trying to tells us that love can become hate if there is unrequited love.
In The Laboratory-Ancien Régime, Pauline (the narrator) implies how her love for her lover turned into hate. The poem tells us how Pauline’s lover has now got another lover. I believe Robert Browning is showing us in this poem how love could easily turn to hate with a single action. I can see this as throughout the poem, she talks about poison and death. Pauline is out to kill her lovers mistress with a lozenge. I believe that she does this to get back at her lover for getting a mistress and leaving her. She kills Elise (her lovers mistress) because, she wants to make her lover feel alone and destroyed. In stanzas VI Pauline says “Soon, at the King’s, a mere lozenge to give, and Pauline should have just thirty minutes to live!” This tells us that Pauline is going to commit suicide after she kills Elise. I believe she does this because, she has hit a all time low with her lover having another lover, also she does this so that her lover has no one to go back to after both his wife? and his lover have died and this will destroy him in a way. In stanzas X Pauline is telling her assistant, that she is going to spare Elise the pain as she will die a quick painless death as it isn’t her fault that he loved her, while he had a wife. In the last line of stanzas X Pauline says, “He is sure to remember her dying face”, from this I think that she wants to make him feel like it is all his fault as he will see his lover die in front of him and he can do nothing about it. In conclusion for this poem, Robert Browning tells us how love can be turned to hate quickly and also love can cause you to do destructive things such as kill.
In Julius Caesar, it shows unrequited love and hate. Shakespeare presents love and hate differently compared to Robert Browning. In Julius Caesar love is presented as unrequited love as well as stereotypical love. Hate is presented as well in Julius Caesar. Shakespeare presents unrequited love, in Julius Caesar mainly between Caesar and Cassius. Cassius shows his love and loyalty to Caesar but he doesn’t recieve. This could be Cassius’ motive to be in the conspiracy. Cassius wants to be accepted by Caesar like Brutus has been accepted. In Act 1 Scene 2 Caesar says “Let me have me about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, he thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”, this to me seals Cassius’ role in the conspiracy. I believe this because, Cassius puts everything towards Caesar and he in that line makes fun of Cassius. Cassius later in that scene warns Brutus there is danger for Caesar.
Shakespeare makes Brutus show love in a way which makes him part take in the conspiracy. I believe Brutus is doing it for the love of Rome, so in my eyes I believe he is doing it as he is a patriot. Brutus says “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this my answer: not that I love Caesar less, but that I love Rome more.” In my eyes this shows how Brutus is a patriot and loves his country. A patriot is someone that loves his country and is willing to defend it against foreign and domestic enemies. With this in mind, I think Brutus sees Caesar as a domestic enemy as he believes he is on a destructive path and this could destroy his beloved country. He is trying to say that it isn’t murder because of hate but of love, he did love Caesar and he loved Rome more. Brutus says, “Had you rather Caesar were living, and we all die slaves, then that Caesar were dead, to live all freemen?As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoiced at it; as he was valiant, I honour him but, as he was ambitious, I slew him”. This quote tells me the reasons why he killed Caesar. He is trying to put across that he did it for the people of Rome, as he got to ambitious he would have made everyone die a slave under him. Shakespeare is telling us that Brutus loved Caesar but, when Caesar threatened Rome and the people he had to act in the name of freedom and liberty.
In conclusion, I can see that both Robert Browning and Shakespeare present Love and Hate, through their works. They may both present it in different ways but, to me they show it strongly. In the Robert Browning poems, he presents both love and hate as being similar and they can change from one to the other. In the poem Pophyria’s lover, the speaker believes there is unrequited love between him and Porphyria but, he is blind to her love for him, this causes him to kill Porphyria. In Labatory, Robert Browning presents how a speakers love for her man can change quickly to hate, as he has another lover. She is overcome with anger, she decides to kill his lover and then to kill herself to make the man feel bad, as he can’t have anyone. In Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius show the idea of how Love could quickly change into Hate. Brutus does it a a patriot for the people of Rome. But Cassius does it as unrequited Love from Caesar and his love soon turns to Hate, this makes him created the conspiracy.