In the Victorian era, it would be typical for a woman to marry for money, or for reasons other than love. Unconditional love for Victorians was rare and un-coveted. Browning’s character mak...
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...nd T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock both center on a theme of love and rejection. The protagonists of both works end up alone despite their efforts and desires to be with the ones they love. Browning’s protagonist desperately tries to remain with his love – almost as though he is gripping on to something so he can remain in the present and never move on, and Prufrock never takes the leap he needs in order to tell his love how he truly feels about her. Although both characters use very different approaches to deal with their feelings, both end up alone because love is uncontrollable and does not rest in the power of any human being. When these two poems are treated as companion pieces, readers realize that the purpose of the rejection in the end of these poems is to show that love is not attainable by desire, and no one has the power to force love.
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