William Shakespeare 's Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, And My Last Duchess

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Power is said to be the ability of another to be able to control or influence others in a given situation. Power is also a reoccurring theme that is without a doubt well displayed in Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, “Porphyria’s Lover,” “Eveline,” and “My Last Duchess.” In drama Othello, by Shakespeare, the title character suspects his wife Desdemona has been unfaithful with no proof and just the assumption of a friend. He publicly confronts Desdemona by hitting her and calling her a whore. Othello is in possession of power here because he publicly shows what he is capable of; he is not afraid to hit a woman. In short story “Eveline,” by James Joyce, Eveline and her younger brothers grow up in an abusive environment, with their father the abuser. Since then, she has suffered great anxiety at just the thought of her father. Her father has power over Eveline because, being the abuser, has authority over his children. The abuse eventually lead to anxiety in the future, meaning her father is still in control. In poem “Porphyria’s Lover,” by Robert Browning, the speaker strangles and kills Porphyria. Power is exemplified by the title character because he physically kills Porphyria. Killing anyone and bringing unhappiness to their loved ones holds great power. Killing is also an example of power in poem “My Last Duchess,” by Robert Browning. The Duke has power because, based on the title of the poem, the reader wonders what happened to his last duchess and reads the title of the…
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