The Flea


PosterĄG Iren Lai at 10:15:42 3/24/98 from c550-7.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
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I think the author John Donne, he desired to make love with the woman, but she refused him. In 17 century, a lot of people regarded that a man and a woman make love, their blood will mingle, at that time, the woman will have a baby. I think the author wanted to marry with her, but he desired to make love with her before their marriage. The woman refused him, he was very sad, he suspected that the woman haven't loved him, because he think he will marry with him soon, but she still refused him. In his opinion, he regarded that if the woman accepted him, that expressed she loved him very much. However, she refused him, that expressed she didn't love him by her whole heart. In the woman's opinion, she attached importance to her virginity very much, and she believed that when the blood of two people mingled together, it will be have a baby, so if she hasn't married with the author, she won't make love with him.
By the other side, the woman's parents didn't like the author very much, so he thought the woman didn't want to marry him very much. "Though parents grudge, and you, we are met, And cloistered in these living walls of jet." They met each other without the woman's parents notice.
The author wrote this poem, he imaged that if the woman accepted his desire, what they will be. "Me it sucked first, and now sucks thee, and in this flea our two bloods mingled be; Thou know'st that this cannot be said A sin, or shame, or loss of maidenhead, Yet this enjoys before it woo"
He asked the woman not to kill the flea, because the flea represented their love, because the flea sucked both of their blood, it represented their baby in the flea's body. If the flea died, that represented their relationship (their love) would break down. "Cruel and sudden, hast thou since Purpled thy nail I blood of innocence? Wherein could this flea guilty be, Except in that drop which it suched from thee? Yet thou triumph'st, and say'st that thou Find'st not thy self nor me the weaker now; Tis true; then learn how false fears be: Just so much honor, when thou yield'st to me, Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee."


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