Sonnet 96 Analysis and Original Sonnet

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In Sonnet 96, deception of good and bad is questioned: Unnecessary though, the subject is already a good person. William Shakespeares use of gentle repetition and powerful metaphor devices accurately show the power of what deception can do. The diction and repetition of the words fault, youth, and grace create an image in itself. The gentle sound of a short vowel in the word fault and the sharp sound of a long vowel in the word grace counteract each other in definition. Faults are interpreted as bad and graces are interpreted as good, but the word fault in the sonnet sounds gentler than the word grace. Shakespeare even showed the theme of deception in the words that he chose. Shakespeare uses the metaphors of queens, wolves, and lambs. The first two are considered very powerful, showing that deception can conquer many things, but Shakespeares use of the lamb shows the weakness of the use of deception. To be a wolf or a queen of deception, you are only fooling the lambs of society; the weak are the only ones who will follow you. Though there are many lambs, deception cannot conquer all. Ultimately, the poet is showing that one does not need to use deception to make oneself look and feel better, because being ones true self will give them all the benefits and respect they deserve and need.

To me, you are a fraud that cannot hide,To others, you are a god, made from lies.If you believe it, who are you inside?You can charm, smile, and twist, depicting wise.Everyone is fooled, following your lead,Brainwashed and convinced you can do no wrong.What is real, what is fiction? What, indeed.With you its hard to tell, where you belong,Every deed is good, everything you do,Bad ones, good ones, and all the in-between.Does this make you a great leader, who tooJust wanted to be honored like a queen?Then why deceive? Your faade will come down,Truths are buried beneath the lies; dont drown.

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