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Act II Scene VI is a soliloquy delivered by Proteus wherein he is pondering whether or not to pursue Silvia the love of his dear friend Valentine We see a dramatic change in Proteus by the end of this scene Up until this point in the play Proteus is portrayed as a steadfast friend of Valentines Valentine holds him in high regard and professes this to the Duke prior to Proteuss arrival in Milan Proteus is also seen as a loyal lover to Julia to whom he exchanges oaths of love and rings before he embarks on his journey to Milan However upon his arrival in Milan and his meeting with Silvia his loyalties change rather quickly After debating with himself he concludes that he is now in love with Silvia He also comes to the conclusion that in order to love Silvia he must consider Valentine an enemy Proteus then decides to betray Valentine to prove to himself that he is true to himself by informing the Duke of Valentines plan to elope with Silvia Shakespeare uses strong language to exemplify this change in Proteus Line 23 of this scene is where the debating with himself ends and the change is initiated it reads I to myself am dearer than a friend p 49 Here Proteus has made up his mind to forsake his friend deciding that his own feelings are more important than loyalty to a friend I will forget that Julia is alive remembring that my love for her is dead p 49 These harsh words bespoke of his sweet Julia clearly show Proteuss true colors and ficklenessBibliographythe two gentleman of verona
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