Sunday, August 30, 2009

"For in thy bed I purpose to destroy thee"

The actual rape in this poem is a remarkable study of struggles between two people and the struggle within one's own mind. Tarquin knows undoubtedly that he should NOT rape Lucrece. Yet he does it anyway, even when she pleads with him, "thyself art mighty...myself a weakling" he does not change his course of action. Why? I don't understand! Surely reason would take over? He has countless times of consideration all coming to a negative end, "I have debated even in my soul/What wrong, what shame, what sorrow I shall breed." However he mangages to assure himself, "But nothing can affection's course control." Tarquin must be sick in his head. And Lucrece puts up a very small struggle (I have already expressed my problems with this) and succumbs to the rape feeling completely defiled and dirty.While it is disturbing (as any rape should be), this particular rape is so interesting because Shakespeare paints it to make it almost a little sympathetic to Tarquin because he has this internal conflict. The bad prevails to be sure, but the fact that this internal struggle even exists is really intriguing to me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

rape on the first day of class

today we got the assignment to read the beginning of The Rape of Lucrece. I got sucked in and read a ways into it. I also looked up a portrait of Lucrece...

I like the fight in her here...while I don't understand a fight if she ends up killing herself anyway, I still prefer the idea that she did not lay there like a helpless vegetable and take it. That sounds bad...I don't disagree with Shakespeare's description of the rape - I just wish she did not seem as if she had completely given up after verbal suggestions.