The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Youth vs Old

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Hama Sallah 2

Mohammed Hassan Hama Sallah

Mr. Aso Rasool



Love in Porphyria's Lover

The most important theme of 'Porphyria's Lover" is Love itself. It shows that when you fall in love with someone, you will go above and past to keep that loved one close to you. When you read this poem, you can tell that she is in love with him. She was giving herself to him. The speaker was very happy; he knew that she was his. He knew at that moment that she loved him, he could not accept letting anyone else have going her, so he killed her. Porphyria obviously trusts her lover, which puts her in the position of being exposed to him, so that she is killed. By killing her, this could not happen and she would be his forever. In this poem the narrator is madly in love, not only symbolically but also accurately; he is madman (psychopath).

This may seem like not the most appropriate theme for this poem. This madman believes in his own mind, that he needs to kill his lover to be with her forever. But love is not hurting someone, love is showing someone. It's a special bond between two people.

What we see as love is different from what others see as love as in this case in this poem. Throughout the poem, both characters are obviously in love. The woman makes a clear action, "Murmuring how she loved me... (21), the narrator embraces her loyalty and engulfs himself with her beauty slowly undressing her. He knew for sure at that time that she was his. His undying love for her and his new found excitement is a clear symbol of how each and every one of us are. We all find...