Response Paper Horatius and Lucretia

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positive connotations that a reader would associate with. This would indirectly make anyone to feel like they should also grab a weapon to defend the community. Furthermore, honor is prominently exposed with The Rape of Lucretia when she killed herself when her, “body [has been] greatly soiled” (Livy, A History of Rome ). In this aspect, it represents that Roman women should embrace their honor and be virtuous like Lucretia for her, “heart is still pure” (Livy, A History of Rome ). If you juxtapose the two stories, you can find gender-specific roles. Horatio is more oriented towards the male figure since men are more enticed by heroism and bold actions. Such audacity can be portrayed when, “all [the Etruscan’s] weapons stuck in the shield which he, [Horatio], used to protect himself, and, obstinate as ever, he stood fixed on the bridge, feet planted wide apart” (Livy 2.10). Obviously, this imagery would be drawn out in any man’s mind to be strong, courageous, and true. These are attributes that are fixated upon men since men have been compared to be the alpha figure in every type of society. However, in The Rape of Lucretia , the representation is revolved
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around the woman’s image and their virtuosity. After she was raped, she called an audience to justify her shame and asked the rhetorical question, “’how can anything be well for a woman who has lost her honor?’” (Livy, A History of Rome ). It is concluded that since she has lost her virginity,
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