Sonnet 138, by William Shakespeare

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(Interesting hook) William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 depicts the relationship of a couple, who many believe to be Shakespeare and his mistress, a woman referred to as, The Black Lady. Throughout the sonnet the vast use of imagery causes the reader to imagine the sonnet as if it were a play where the characters are covered by a mask of lies. (Put a clever transition in here) Although Sonnet 138 depicts the speakers’ willingness to settle for false love and put on a mask, Sonnet 138 depicts a relationship that its very survival is based on this deceit. Sonnet 138 illustrates that through lies characters hide themselves, which illustrates the importance of being true to yourself and not giving into mediocrity, and deciding to put on a mask…show more content…
The first one, is found on line one, and that word is made .The meaning of “made” in this line can be used to describe a person who cleans up and as he uses this pun to establish a sort of fake dominance toward the black lady, because usually the person that does this would be a women, which in a way would places her in a role that she is not to play. On line four the word “subtleties” needs to further be analyzed to fully understand the sonnet. According to the Oxford English Dictionary subtleties means, “the quality or state of being or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe” which in the content of the sonnet makes sense much more after one understands what this word means because on line four it does not only mean what one is used this word to mean, but it can also mean are most likely alludes to the fact that individuals are difficult to analyze or describe when they are covered by a mask of lies. (Explain more on this piece of evidence), (Transition to 2nd body paragraph) It soon becomes apparent that in Sonnet 138 Shakespeare continues to use puns in the second quatrain to show the reader that individuals put on mask of lies to escape from their life, which bring them into a state of self-hatred. On line five, Shakespeare uses the word “vainly” to further give the reader a better understanding of the sonnet. Vainly is simply meant to be a
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