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Written by Micola Magdalena
Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live register'd upon our brazen tombs
The reason that the King wants to acquire knowledge is revealed towards the beginning of the play when he discusses the oath with his noblemen. He then tells them that the reason he wants more knowledge is not to better the world but rather to gain more fame and be remembered forever for what he had done. He wants to have his accomplishments written on his tomb for everyone to see and to serve as a remembering tool for those who will come after him.
‘’[Y]ou’ll prove perjured, if you make me stay.’’
The princess understood from the beginning that the King will not be able to resist her. Because of this awareness, she warns him about the dangers of keeping her close and offers him the possibility to send her away. But the King refuses to do that, believing himself to be strong enough to resist her. He proves thus that he is a proud man who is controlled by his pride and desires.
How well he's read, to reason against reading!
After hearing the oath, one of the King’s men, Biron, tried to argue that the oath is not a wise thing to do and that they should give it up. He tried to use his rhetoric to argue that it will not benefit them to give up women but the other men, instead of listening to him, mock him from trying to argue his inability to control himself.
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