Throughout William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130,” the reader is constantly tricked into thinking he will compare his mistress to something beautiful and romantic, but instead the speaker lists beautiful things and declares that she is not like them. His language is unpredictable and humor is used for a majority of the poem. This captivating sonnet uses elements such as tone, parody, images, senses, form, and rhyme scheme to illustrate the contradicting comparisons of his mistress and the overarching theme of true love. Shakespeare uses parody language to mock the idea of a romantic poem by joking about romance, but ultimately writes a poem about it. In the first quatrain, the beautiful image of a woman usually created during a romantic poem (i.e, having red lips, pure skin, silky hair) is parodied as he portrays his mistress as plain and not following normal beauty regulations.
The play Cyrano de Bergerac is about a love triangle between Roxane, Cyrano, and Christian. Christian and Cyrano desire Roxane’s love, but Christian has the upper hand because of his outer beauty. Cyrano writes letters conveying his love to Roxane, but allows Christian to use them as his own. Christian wins Roxane’s heart by deceit and eventually realizes that Roxane only loves the fake version of him. Although Christian uses Cyrano, he is a noble and honest man because he wants to tell Roxane regardless of how he feels about her.
During the play Hamlet there are many scenes when Hamlet shows his feelings against Ophelia, roughly and politely. He is very bipolar towards Ophelia, but he can be madly In love at the same time. As Hamlet tells Ophelia, “I did love you once” (III.i.141). Hamlet admits that he did love Ophelia once, but did he stop loving her now? Why did he stop loving her?
The paradox shows that Juliet is talking to herself but he cannot hear her. This means that Romeo is confused of whether or not she knows he is there. Romeo uses juxtaposition and paradox to show his love for Rosaline, and how he wants to love Juliet. This characterizes Juliet as perfect, and Romeo as loving. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, juxtaposition, paradox, and oxymoron are used to create characterization.
The character of Antonio in Twelfth Night was almost a requirement for the plot that Shakespeare delivered; not only did he provide a gift that connected the two characters of Sebastian and Cesario, but he also provided an example of devoted love. The devoted love that Shakespeare portrayed through Antonio’s speeches and actions provide a striking contrast to the love that Duke Orsino had throughout the plot. Even the gift that Antonio presents in the play is a symbol of his greater love compared to any of the other characters. Shakespeare uses Antonio to oppose the Petrarchan lover theme, as a tool to connect characters and to prove the final message of the play; undying love has no boundaries. The theme of love and misery is present throughout the play, yet Antonio holds a passionate and honest love that is a great contrast to the Petrarchan lover, Duke Orsino.
But they have different ways of how and why they believe so. We see clearly that in ¨Cyrano de Bergerac¨ and ¨I Am Offering This Poem¨ use words as opposed to looks. In ¨Cyrano de Bergerac¨, Cyrano would end up winning Roxane using his words, not his looks (even though he didn’t have any). Using letters and his words he would end up with Roxane in the end. This was the only way he could make her love him because his looks alone would not be enough, mainly because of his unattractive nose that is hinted at numerous times in the play.
He compares his love for Rosaline to a rose with thorns. This tells the reader or audience, how Romeo is serious about his feelings for love. In response to Romeo’s quote about Rosaline and his love for her, Mercutio states “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down”(I.iv,27-28). This expresses how Mercutio is mocking and light-hearted when it comes to love hence, making him seem as if he does not take life in a serious matter.
Not only is he pointing her out. It shows he cares enough about her to pay attention to her . Some men couldn’t even tell you their mistress’ favorite color , who they supposedly “ loved” In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare goes into detail about what specifically , makes him feel a certain way pertaining to his mistress. Shakespeare uses a critical and observant tone to suggest that with all her flaws , he still loves her no matter what she looks like. Shakespeare’s comparisons helps us see what he see’s.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.
According to Jamieson “Shakespeare’s treatment of love in the play is complex and multifaceted. He uses love in its many guises to thread together the key relationships in the play” (Lee 1). First, we see Romeo is in love with Rosaline in the beginning of the play. In today society we might describe it as “Puppy Love.” Laurence did not believe it will last long: Romeo says “Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline” and Laurence replies “For doting, not for loving, pupil mine” (Shakespeare 11.iii.). Likewise, Paris is not in love with Juliet, it was more tradition then Passion.
Yet Romeo and Juliet 's love is one that transcends the orthodox realms of society and goes against what is socially appropriate. Even Friar Lawrence makes this distinction when he speaks of the difference between loving and doting. This is the difference between Romeo 's feelings for Rosaline and for Juliet. His love for Rosaline being trivial and juvenile while his feelings for Juliet are more intense and even at times imply a vague sense of religious idolatry. Juliet too, shares similar feelings which is displayed in her soliloquy, thinking of Romeo: “My only love sprung from my only hate!” (Shakespeare 50).
How would the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet be affected without the benevolence of Benvolio Montague? Shakespeare 's legendary tale of romantic tragedy explores the story of how two “-star crossed lovers-” (I.i.5) who, ultimately, take their lives in order to be together and escape the conflict between their two families. Benvolio’s peace-making skills within the play are demonstrated throughout the abundance of conflicts that plague the tale; his altruistic and compassionate personality burns a fervent effect on others, whilst not excluding him from the effects of friendly peer-pressure. Most crucially, he pledges to his convictions by being the bearer and speaker of the pure truth, even in the face of calamity. Benvolio’s character,
“This sonnet compares the speaker’s lover to a number of other beauties and never in the lover’s favor”(“Shakespeare Sonnets”). The speaker compares his mistress to things against her favor; things that are more preferred. “Sonnet 130”, “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound” (Line 9). The speaker also demonstrates that although there are things that are better than her, his love for her is so strong he is willing to choose her over all other things that are more pleasing to him. The speaker proves this by saying, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare”(line 13-14).