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Exploring the Theme of Love in Sonnets 57 and 58 Essay

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Shakespeare's sonnets are numbered in a sequential order and adjoining sonnets often have similar content. Throughout Shakespeare's sonnets, he covers many subjects, such as interest in the life of a young man, his passion for a young guy, and his love for a dark haired lady. In sonnets 57 and 58, Shakespeare discusses love is like slavery in its different manifestations. The goal of the narrator's love has a dominating power over the narrator, which controls him and guides his actions. Shakespeare reveals in sonnets 57 and 58 that love could be displayed by using many distinct routes like seeing love as a commanding power, exploring the theme of time and waiting in regards to love, along with also the question of the physical condition of being of love. Throughout both sonnets there's a sense that the narrator has resigned himself to the refusal of love. In sonnet 57, the narrator maintains at the first couple lines that all he (we will presume the narrator is a "he") can do is wait patiently till the enthusiast needs something. This blind dedication to the enthusiast appears to come with no bookings on behalf of this narrator and seems to be a natural inclination to give of the self whole-heartedly and unconditionally ("unconditional love"). In sonnet 58, line 13, "though waiting so be hell" reveals the pain that the narrator is going through while he's waiting on the lover. In sonnet 58, line five, "let me suffer, being at your beck" again constitutes this loyalty of the narrator to the recipient of the love without any reservations. The narrator is willingly accepting hell, distress, and sadness, as seen from the phrase "sad slave" (sonnet 57, line 11), so as to be a slave to love. This devotion to enjoying servitude is admirable and the bond formed...

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