The Concept Of Love In William Shakespeare's Sonnet 129

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Register to read the introduction… At the beginning of the poem the speaker uses a series of brutish adjectives “murd’rous, rude, cruel, perjured, savage” to enhance how the culmination of a lustful act can lead men to “despise” the performance straight away. Perceiving this poem from a subjective point of view, Shakespeare’s sudden abasement of sexual encounter may stem from an affair with the dark lady, although the absence of her in the poem may represent how you can have lustful desires with anyone. This can be exemplified with the marriage between Catherine and Edgar as their love is extremely accustomed to society and therefore they could have had this attraction for many different people. The spiritual feelings between Catherine and Heathcliff on the other hand are predominant, although sexual desires are vacant within their relationship, their love is more profound and realistic as opposed to the illusion of such a unique love Catherine has for Edgar. Shakespeare contrasts the increasing lust against the regret after the final act using religious imagery in line 14 where the “heaven” is the “bliss of proof” within line 11 and the “hell” represents the “very woe”. This poem overall can be perceived as a contradiction between platonic love void of sexual desires (such as Catherine and Heathcliff’s) against a carnal, impure love (such as Edgars and …show more content…
He focuses on the weakest, innocent and purest character being young Isabella, and manipulates her into belief that she loves him. Bronte’s predominant connotations of Heathcliff being a villain – “I assure you, a tiger, or a venomous serpent could not rouse terror in me equal to that which he awakens” - create a sense of empathy towards young Catherine Earnshaw and display the theme of vengeance that lasts throughout the second half of the novel. Isabella’s love is homogenous to that of Catherine’s for Edgar; it is based upon illusions, desires and is short-lasting; therefore her life deteriorates into misery. The relationship between them reflects the romances within gothic and romantic literature with the involvement of Heathcliff being considered a Byronic Hero. He has all the connotations such as a “true misanthropist” who is passionate, endangering but ultimately idealistic in the eyes of young, naïve Isabella. In comparison to Catherine’s feelings for Edgar and Blanches for her classy lifestyle, Isabella’s affection for Heathcliff is purely illusionary and the reality is “he’s not a rough diamond” and Heathcliff’s heartless revenge crushes Isabella “like a sparrows egg.” This comparison of Byronic Hero can be seen within Tennessee Williams literature in relation to the character Stanley. He has very manly qualities such as gambling, drinking, swearing and his animalistic features create an air of being endangering, yet Stella seems to still have some unbeatable attraction towards him when she states “there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark – that sort of make everything else seem – unimportant”. She disregards his cruel beatings and accepts his values that debase woman, even to the point where she substitutes her sister’s declarations of rape as insanity to

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