Shakespeare's Definition of Love College
William Shakespeare puts forth his definition of what makes love true in his untitled sonnet beginning with “Let me not to the marriage of true minds.” Shakespeare does not deny other views of love, but instead insists on a certain characteristic of love: love is rigid and crucial to endure life.
With the very first line of the Sonnet, Shakespeare indirectly acknowledges there may be obstacles in true love: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments,” (lines 1-2). By recognizing it is possible to have “impediments” in a sound relationship, Shakespeare may be seeking to grab the attention of the audience by bringing forth a realistic love that is attainable. Additionally, marrying true “minds” rather than merely two people suggest Shakespeare carefully picked “minds” for a deeper meaning. It is possible the word “minds” was used to illustrate the thought that goes behind true love. Without thought, a person would be more primitive, and with primal instincts come physical urges and desires. Shakespeare’s word selection proposes love is more than physical, it is reasoned through.
The next part of the Shakespeare’s sonnet expresses the unyielding characteristic of love. The line “Love is not love / Which alters...
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