The Sun Rising And To His Coy Mistress

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We see many themes presented in the literatures I will be writing about in this essay. However, the themes we see in 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Sun Rising' and 'To His Coy Mistress' are mainly similar. The main themes in these three pieces of literature that are similar are the way women are treated by men, marriage and love. These three pieces of literature all explore love or falling in love. However, in all three of these literatures, there is something that obstructs either the couple's love to work out, or to expand. Overall, we see that women are treated by men as prized possessions, but this can change according to what kind of relationship the man has with the woman. In 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare
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This also shows that not all men treat women as possessions, although most do. The Nurse treats Juliet in a very similar way to the Friar, but with a few notable differences. The Nurse believes that marriage is only for a sexual relationship, which means that she does not fully understand Juliet's love for Romeo. This explains why she thinks that 'Romeo is a dishclout to him'. The word 'dishclout' suggests that it's only Romeo's physical appearance that may be like this compared to Paris, but not how he is emotionally. This shows that the Nurse does treat Juliet as a human, although she does not understand Juliet fully. Lady Capulet, however, does not treat Juliet as a human individual. Although she is Juliet's mother, she treats Juliet more as a possession which can be given away. She persuades Juliet to marry Paris and tells her that she herself 'was your mother much upon these years that you are now a maid'. Lady Capulet, as seen in this quote, believes that marriage is a duty that a woman must perform. This therefore shows that Lady Capulet treats her daughter as a possession. In 'The Sun Rising' and 'To His Coy Mistress' we see a different way that women are treated my men. These poems have many similarities and differences between them. 'The Sun Rising' is about a man who wants to be able to be with the woman all the time. However, since the sun rises everyday, it forces them
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