Compare The Theme Of Seduction In To His Coy Mistress And The

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Compare the theme of seduction in To his coy mistress and The
seduction

The poem “to his coy mistress” was written by Andrew Marvell between
1621 and 1678. However “The seduction” (which was written by Eileen
McAuley-a woman) was written much later, in the 1980’s. Both poems are
about a man trying to persuade a woman to sleep with him. In “THCM”
the man uses flattery and persuasion “For lady you deserve this
state.” In this poem however we never actually discover if he was
successful in persuading her. In “The seduction” he seduces her using
alcohol in the hope that she will sleep with him if she is drunk. In
this poem we do discover that he is successful as the girl becomes
pregnant.

In “THCM” the male is narrating for example “our” and “we.” In “The
seduction” neither of the characters narrates. It is written in third
person “He lead her to the quite bricks of Birkenhead docks.”
Throughout the entire poem no names are used “he” and “she.” I think
this symbolises that the situation is quite common. In both poems our
sympathies are with the women. We sympathise with the women in “The
seduction” because she becomes pregnant and truly regrets her actions
“So she cried that she had missed all the innocence around her.” In
“THCM” our sympathy is also with the woman as she is being pressurised
into to having sex even though she might not want to.

The men in both poems are similar in one way as they are both seducing
the woman in the hope that she will sleep with them. However they both
act very different. The man in “THCM” is more romantic as he takes the
time to admire and appreciate the woman “An hundred years should go to
praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze.” Whereas in “The
seduction” He doesn’t care about her wellbeing at all and just takes
advantage of her “and he muttered little slag.” I don’t think that
there are many similarities between the two women, except the fact
that they are both being seduced by men. The women in “THCM” is
obviously very shy “This coyness, Lady were no crime.” However the
female in “the seduction” is more outgoing and appears more confident.

I have already mentioned the different ways in which the men...

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