Literary Analysis Of Adonis And The Goddess Of Love

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e majority of the authors I have read before writing this essay consider Adonis as a weak, bored and childish boy who tries to find every mean to escape responsibility. He avoids, when he physically can, the contact with Venus and it seems that his only concern in life is to catch up with his companions and going hunting. Indeed, in his shoes, probably every man on the planet would surely accept – and enjoy – the company of such a goddess: the goddess of Love.
• But, considering it form another perspective, I am not sure that such an aggressive and sexaholic woman would really be the goal of every man’s desire: we are not talking about spending a night together. Indeed, from Adonis’ point of view, we are considering spending a whole life together.
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Indeed, she is “sick-thoughted” (v.5) , insane thoughts affect “her troubled brain” (1040), as she is completely overwhelmed not by the desire of power, but by sex lust.
• This insatiable desire of sex is made even more disgusting by her carelessness of Adonis family situation . During one of her rhetoric assaults to the boy, one of her arguments touch him exactly where it hurts, recalling his mother’s sad story , and showing us, paradoxically, a god of love without sense of tact: “Art thou a woman’s son, and canst not feel/What ‘tis to love? How want of love tormenteth?/O! had thy mother borne so hard a mind,/She had not rought forth without thee, but died unkind” (199-202).
• By the way, even if she has no sense of tact, surely she shows a talent for acting. In order to grab Adonis’ attention and compassion, she does not hesitate to pretend to be death, faking a fainting that remind us of the Romeo and Juliet strategy to escape their parents’ plans: “And at his look she flatly falleth down/For looks kill love, and love by looks reviveth” (463-464). The effect on the ingenuous Adonis is immediate: “And all amaz’d brake off his late intent,/For sharply he did think to reprehend her,/Which cunning love did wittily prevent:/Fair fall the wit that can so well defend her!”

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