Character Analysis! Proteus from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”

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In Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus proves to be true to his namesake. In mythology, he is the god of changeability, being likened to water which can easily adjust it’s shape. At the start he is smitten with Julia, but as soon as he goes to Milan, he becomes infatuated with Silvia; making me wonder whether if he were to travel further during his time abroad, would he forget about her too? Proteus is confused and doesn’t understand why his feelings for Julia have dwindled. He reasons that, “one nail by strength drives out another, so the remembrance of my former love is by a newer object quite forgotten.” Proteus’ grasp on what love is appears painfully primitive yet corresponds somewhat with his young years and immaturity. When he says that, “eating love, inhabits in the finest wits of all,” I can’t help but think of the obvious vulgarity…

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