To Be or Not to Be

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Term Paper Outline: “To be or not to be….” For most it leaves no question as to who wrote these infamous words. William Shakespeare is regarded by some as the greatest author within all of the English language. Regardless of one’s true opinion of Shakespeare’s writings, they continue to cycle their way from one generation to the next. His works still hold significant value within all levels of academic teachings. Shakespeare’s literatures range from poems and plays to sonnets. Once he gathered the notion of how the style of blank verse operated, he began to cultivate it into something unique and one he could call his very own. His latest works was that of sonnets, in which were found to be the last of his non-dramatic works to be…show more content…
Shakespeare gives the mirror the ability to reflect not just an image, but also, the truth. Thus, paving the way in the personification of the glass mirror found in Sonnet 62. Now seeing the reality of it all he questions who and what he was praising all along. Surprised at the vanity, he saw a change must occur. Shakespeare tells a story of human perception, human nature, and its desire to long for everything we are not. Here in sonnet 62, one finds the main character in visioning something he is not and loses all direct grasps on reality. Shakespeare tries to convey that it is important not to engulf ones self with the sin of no humility, yet, remain in touch with reality at all times. One can conclude by reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 12 that the predominant motif deals with the course of time. When read aloud the reader can easily compare the pace of the sonnet and the internal rhyming to that of a ticking clock. Every line is short and steady as it progresses just as the steady ticking of a clock. In the second line, Shakespeare generates a metaphor in which he compares the life of a violet to that of one’s own life, “when I behold the violet past prime and sable curls all silvered o’er with white.” Shakespeare pursues the cycle of life in this sonnet with illustrations of nature and humankind. Just as a flower blooms and a leaf falls likewise, a human is born, reaches its potential, grows old, and at

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