Analysis Of To His Coy Mistress And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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While To His Coy Mistress and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight share very little in the way of genre and structure, the theme of seduction plays a prominent role in each poem. But in neither Marvell 's work nor the work of the anonymous Gawain poet is traditional, successful romance to be found; both seducers find themselves spurned, one in the name of knightly "chastity," the other under the guise of ladylike "coyness." Lady Bertilak and Marvell 's unnamed narrator do not pander and defer to their desired partners-- rather, the tactics employed in the two poems are negotiation and intimidation, the use of leverage and pressure. The exceedingly encroaching nature of the sexual solicitations of both aggressors offers the readers an uncomfortable glimpse at the dark, untraditional side of love and seduction. In Marvell 's To His Coy Mistress, what begins as a worshipful, romantic declaration of love and adoration takes a menacing turn as it quickly transforms into a message that is far more disturbing. The unidentified speaker first addresses his "mistress" with the words "Had we but world enough, and time / This coyness, lady, were no crime," before launching into a description of the happiness and freedom they…show more content…
So perhaps this is how tales of seduction should be presented-- the instant, magical, blissful love formed between strangers in other works is not true seduction; seduction implies persuasion, resourcefulness, seduction is the art of breaking down the existing walls between potential lovers, and if there were no initial barriers, seduction would not be
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