Displays Of Love In Endymion And Tamburlaine

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Comparing and contrasting the kinds of love represented by Tellus and Endymion in Lyly’s comedy of errors, Edymion, and the love between Tamburlaine and Zenocrate in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine show similarities where passions drive lovers to capture suitors, but differ in one couple desiring the unattainable, and another taking action to attain. Love is presented in different ways, specifically in Lyly’s play the love is unattainable and unreal, as opposite in Marlowe’s play the love is attainable. Both, couples also have similarities when lovers are driven by their passions.
We can judge Tellus by her actions and their consequences. If she loves Endymion, she has a strange way of showing it. Tellus in the end is responsible for arranging a sorceress to put him into a deep sleep that lasts decades and robs him of his youth. When confronted by Cynthia in 5.4, Tellus confesses her wicked actions and professes her love for Endymion. Tellus’ love for Endymion is so intense that it made her dangerously possessive of him. She tells Cynthia of a “not-to-be-expressed yet always-to-be-felt love.” (5.4.71) Tellus’ love sickens her, and when she realizes her lover loves another, her love turns into hate. Perhaps hate and love are similar in this play. They are similar in the way that they are intensely the extreme. Extreme love makes Tellus sick, and extreme hate makes her act on revenge to hurt her love. Her excuse for wicked ways is that her body was becoming sick from this kind of love. Her feelings are psychologically real, but incredible unhealthy. She rationalizes her actions by pleading a kind of self-defense. Tellus is a dangerous, possessive woman, who probably never really experienced love that is kind, gentle and unconditional. Two people who mutually love one another do not cause physical harm. Tellus is adolescent in her love for Endymion. She acts out of jealousy and is capable of great harm to others. Her harm is physical, but her love is not. She is not willing to save her love for someone who will love her back. Instead, she seeks revenge with bodily harm. If we were to define her according to our present society in the twenty-first century, she is a sociopath who would be imprisoned for causing such physical harm to another human being. Though she admits her shame, she is quick to ask for pardoning “without extreme punishment.” (5.4.61).
Endymion, our protagonist, is somewhat cursed with a deep infatuation with the Goddess Cynthia. When he first expresses it to Eumenides in the beginning of the play we, like Endymion, realize that this love can never be realize. His deep infatuation maybe love, but it is still love that he knows will never be realized. When he says he is ready to “die or possess the moon herself” (1.1.17), it appears as though he is choosing the former (death), rather than the latter (the moon), because the moon is unattainable. However strong in his desires...

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