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In Christopher Marlowes play Tamburlaine Zenocrate and Tamburlaines relationship seems to be plagued by a lack of intimacy and sincerity Although on the surface it may seem as though the couple is in love do they really possess an undying devotion to each other When Tamburlaine captures Zenocrate and her caravan she is horrified by his wild hunger to conquer everything in his sight Furthermore as the play continues Tamburlaine offers her no true emotion or love other than his good looks and fancy words Even at the end of the play Tamburlaine refuses to honor Zenocrates desperate pleas to save her homeland He goes so far as to promise her marriage yet does not follow through with his word It seems as though Zenocrate who is blinded by Tamburlaines superficial characteristics is just another one of his conquests Her true purpose in the play is to complete his romanticized image of the perfect emperor Zenocrates first impression of Tamburlaine is laden with contempt and disgust When Tamburlaine and his enormous army find Zenocrate we immediately learn that she is on her way to meet her fiance Even from the beginning Zenocrates thoughts are occupied with continuing her travels to join her future husband as she asks Tamburlaine to pity her distressed plight Iii7 She criticizes Tamburlaine and tells him thou art so mean a man because he recklessly captures a silly maid Iii8-10 Here it is difficult to make a connection between Zenocrates initial accusations and her later love for Tamburlaine Zenocrate is clearly horrified by the fact that Tamburlaine chooses to detain a helpless woman who has done nothing to harm him Furthermore Tamburlaine engages in the lawless rapine of Zenocrate and her convoy Iii8 Whether rape is defined as a seizure of her property or forced sexual intercourse she seems to forget and disregard this fact as the play continues How can she come to truly love and admire someone whom
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