Heterosexuality In Sonnet 130

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William Shakespeare’s wrote for twenty years writing millions of words of poetry and drama, his career is the product of a perfect match between his talents and the time. A time in England of relative political stability, ruled by a woman, Queen Elizabeth I acknowledged the importance of art to life and the legacy of her nation. The Renaissance, an era in the use of developed rhetoric, allowed Shakespeare to prosper and succeed. As a master of grammar and one who loved language, Shakespeare included irony, hyperbole, and over 200 schemes in his plays to express powerful feelings of his characters. Shakespeare is one of the few playwrights to have success in writing both tragedy and comedy, combining the best traits of Elizabethan drama, mixing them with his wit and imagination. During this time, he wrote at least thirty-six plays that consist of four categories: comedy, history, tragedy, and romance. There is much uncertainty and speculation that Shakespeare’s plays contain many positive depictions of heterosexuality, but also his representation of sexual ambiguity is present, as loving relationships between two men are often portrayed. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is…show more content…
In the first clause, Shakespeare uses a series of adjectives in a jerky, staccato rhythm, as a source of energy, showing his rage, making meaning out of the speaker’s agitated state of mind; a condemnation of the act of lust. The short descriptive phrases suggest the different scenarios in which lust can lead to tragic outcomes. In line three, “perjured” suggest lies men tell women, “bloody” suggest murder or suicide and “full of blame” refers to painful affairs based on lust not love. The use of negative connotations of the words in line four; “savage, extreme, rude, cruel”, contrast as the line finishes mildly with “not to trust”, that leads the movement of the sonnet

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