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Sonnet 116 is about love in its most ideal form. Shakespeare introduces someone who believes that true love does not bind itself to the constraints of society. 'ADMIT.. FINDS' This same love will not stumble when it runs up against change, even when these changes include temptations and other challenges intended to lure love away. This unity in love will not budge when there are attempts to move or remove it. Shakespeare draws with clear language to explain that love is a marriage, not of legal binding or within the limits of societal expectations, but an everlasting bond on its own. He points out that love is not real unless it withstands all these constraints and possible obstructions in its course True love exists between people who do …show more content…
Love becomes its own destination and guide. In addition, love is “an ever-fixed mark,” implying that love will never fail or change even when all else does, serving to emphasize that love can guide to lovers and the permanence of true love: The remaining lines of the third quatrain (9-12), reaffirm the perfect nature of love that is unshakeable throughout time and remains so "ev'n to the edge of doom", or death. The third quatrain reveals time as a force that true love can conquer. Love lasts despite time’s attempts to “fool” it into submission. Even though time may change the appearance of a loved one, love will not subject to the “sickle,” meaning that love remains unchanging in the aging face of time. Shakespeare again employs metaphors to explain a lasting love that bears the burdens time places upon it. While days and weeks may alter appearances, love lies within, undisturbed by the passing of life, and even in the face of death remains true. With these words, Shakespeare insists love can withstand the ultimate test of death, which makes love stronger than life. With this couplet, Shakespeare claims that if he is wrong about love, then everything he has written becomes worthless, for then, no man has ever loved at all. If love is not unbound, if it is not powerful, and if it cannot last, then love does not exist in Shakespeare’s mind. This perhaps shows itself to be a vivid example of how firmly

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