In Julius Caesar both love and hate are recurring themes. The characters in Julius Caesar talk a lot about their love for Rome and or their hate for Caesar. I believe this is shown well through the relationship between Brutus and Cassius. They both love Rome like all noble Romans should (cassius love for rome is only on the surface in reality he is motivated by his own goals), but they have differing views on Caesar.In Robert Browning the speakers in his Poetry often use speak about love and hate. The characters in browning poetry (porphyria’s lover) show suggestive signs of both love and hate.
Early on in the play Cassius shows envy toward Caesar, he does this to persuade Brutus to join the conspirators. Cassius shows he’s disgusted with Caesar through the quote “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone.” This is Cassius view on Caesar in the first act while talking to Brutus. He is in the middle of a long monologues during the first act one. In this monologue Shakespeare uses language devices to show hatred and envy. You can see this as Cassius tells both the audience and Brutus a story about how Caesar used to be weaker and not as great and that he saved him when he was too weak to swim across the Tiber.”tis true, this god did shake, his coward lips did from their colour fly” when he speaks about Caesar in this quote he mocks him calling him a god but then later says his lips were cowardly. I believe one of the main reasons that Shakespeare has Cassius in this play is to show blind hatred.
On the other hand Brutus shows his love for Caesar throughout the play as even once he kills Caesar he feels guilty and wants the public to see his reason. In the first act he is still being introduced but one of the first things he says in the play is that he loves Caesar “I would not, Cassius, yet I loved him well.” as this is one of the main conspirators in Caesar death this show how Brutus shows passion and love is linked to Cassius hate and envy.
I believe this is the first sign of hate and love working together in the play and the theme continues throughout. In act two scene one Shakespeare shows Brutus’ love for Caesar by justifying his opinion to the other conspirators.Brutus’ shows love for Caesar by justifying his opinion to the other conspirators. “let’s be sacrificers, but not butchers,” In this speech Brutus spares Anthony but not only that, he wants Caesar to be a sacrifice, as if he is killing him out of love. When talking to the rest of the conspirators he then says “And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg,
Which, hatch’d, would as his kind grow mischievous,And kill him in the shell” This shows that Brutus is trying to justify his guilt for later killing Caesar. Not only that but he also is trying to show to him self and the conspirators that he is doing it for love. I believe that he is so guilty that he has to push him self away mentally from the crime his will commit. This symbolism is also shown in the laboratory-ancient regime as the speaker talks about the poison the alchemist is making as “trade in this devil’s-smithy—” although Brutus is calling Caesar a serpent for love. The speaker in the laboratory is using symbolism in hate of her lover. I believe that she is tiring to justify killing her ex’s lover by taking her own life. Both Brutus and the speaker in the laboratory show that they try to justify their actions but in the end both commit suicide. This show not only shows irony but it does show foreshadowing.
William Blake shows passion in the poison tree as the speaker uses it to fuel his hate the futher through the more passionate he get till he turns that passion it to a force against his foe this shows how dangerous passion is and that it can really hurt someone.
In The Laboratory-Ancien Régime
Browning shows passion is something to be feared and can be consuming. Although the narrator kills Porphyria seemingly without reason, his mood is represented through the weather “It tore the elms tops down for spite and did its best to vex the lake” The opening of the poem helps illustrate the narrators anger. The techniques is called pathetic fallacy, as it describes the weather with words that you associate with a bad temper. Not only do I think that browning wants to show the narrators dark outlook but I believe that he also is trying to show that Porphyria her self angers the narrator, although this does not justify her death it does give use a reason, it also show a reason why he hates Porphyria to begin with. Through out the poem it talks about as a she, this shows that the speaker doesn’t respect Porphyria much. This would make sense as the time it was written when women were treated in this way a lot.I also believe that the killer kills her because he wants her to always love him and a way of insuring this is by her being dead. In porphyria lover the killer says “that moment she was mine, mine,” this show how he is dependent on her love. and that his passion is so encompassing that he goes the the extreme of killing her so she loves him forever.
The Laboratory-Ancien Régime is a very descriptive poem. In most of the stanzas browning uses symbolism to present the speaker’s view on her self and the two other people she is talking about. In the second stanza she very clearly shows that she hates the man that she used to love. “they believe my tears flow while they laugh laugh at me at me fled to the drear.”I believe that this is implying that the speaker is trying to tell us that her ex and his lover thinks she is angry for what they did to her. She says it like they should be guilty for what they did to her. what she really means is that she should be sad, but her passion for her lover has turned into a hating him with a passion. I believe this is similar to Brutus as he doesn’t really hate Caesar but he turns his love for him into the passion he uses to kill him. This passion gets him killed just like the woman in the laboratory. She poisons her self and Brutus commits suicide.
Further through the monologue Porphyria’s lover describes Porphyria’s love as something that she cannot control. This is a sign of a love that is just as extreme as his potential hate. Maybe this was one of the things the writer was trying to portray at the time as he could have tried to resemble the hate for the women acting against the public opinion. In the lover and resemble the innocence of woman. Her uncontrollable love for him could be why she got killed he could not live with out it so to ensure it for ever he killed her. This shows the unhinged character of the killer and that he feeds off her which is unlike popular opinion at the time as women were always seen as less then men.
Hate and love can grow, this is shown in Julius ceasar as Brutus starts by questioning the conspiracy but ends up leading it, his love for Rome ends up growing bigger than his for ceasar. In William blakes poison tree hate grows throughout the poem. The poet treats hate like a plant that if you water enough can have serious consequences. The speaker gets annoyed with a friend and he becomes his foe. The poet hints at the grudge to be like an apple tree and the apple is the death of his foe. In the second stanza it shows the speaker turning actions in to hate, “and i watered it in fears,” this hows how hate grows this is similar the Cassius his hate grows through actions Cesar could not swim it made him hate him, ceasar gets asked to be king Cassius hates him more.
Passion is the most prominent link between both poems and Julius Caesar. Browning questions it as well as Shakespeare. I believe that browning was influenced by the events that happened at the time in which he wrote. Shakespeare also did this he question which love is right. Is it tough love like Brutus give Caesar or gentle love in which Calpurnia shows him. is it the hard love shown by the killers of the soft love of porphyria. In both browning’s poetry and Julius Caesar they share foreshadowing, Although they both have very different style of writing they both have characters who have made decisions’ early on in the texts that affect how the end of the text happens. Brutus spares Anthony who eventually affects his death. Cassius started hating Caesar because he was greater than him, when Cassius dies the last thing he says is “Caesar, thou art reveng’d Even with the sword that kill’d thee” Cassius ends up hating his decisions more than Caesar. In the Laboratory browning shows foreshadowing as well because at the start of the laboratory it is almost consistently about her hate for her ex and the further through the text it starts to talk more about her self. “You may kiss me, old man, on my mouth if you will! But brush this dust off me, lest horror it brings.”