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Analysis of Sonnet 2
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In Sonnet 2, Shakespeare stresses to his lover that beauty will not last, and that it is selfish and foolish for anyone not to prepare for the loss of beauty and youth by having a child to carry on unsurpassed beauty. The sonnet can be cynically seen as Shakespeare"s attempt to get his lover to sleep with him rather than as a lesson in living life. In the first quatrain Shakespeare says that later on, your youth will be worthless. The greatness of your youth, admired by everyone now, will be, will be as worthless as a "tatter"d weed of...
be used but could not be. Shakespeare says, "How much more praise deserved thy beauty"s use" which regrets, if only your beauty could have been put to a greater use.

The couplet then describes what it would be like to have this baby. Shakespeare poetically states that this baby would be "new made when thou art old" This means that the baby would be young while you are old. The final line tells how you would see your own blood flow warm through the baby while you are cold. "And see thy warm blood when thou feel"st it cold."

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1. When the fire goes out...1. When the fire goes out it symbolizes the loss of all remaining civility and the beginning of absolute savagery. The fire was the boys" only link to the past, as it was the one true technology they had. Fire symbolizes man"s domination and manipulation of nature. As the fire goes out the boys are no longer people, but animals. It is also important to note that the fire was voluntarily allowed to die. This tells us that the boys voluntarily became savages, so this represents not only the loss of a civilized society, but also the betrayal of it. When the fire goes out, it also signifies the loss of hope. If the boys believed that they would be rescued, then they would not allow the fire to go out. Again, because of the fire being let out voluntarily it also represents the betrayal of hope. When the fire goes out, the boys no longer want to be a part of civilization or be rescued by it. 2. The beast from the air is a dead man, who is attached to a parachute, falling from the sky. The beast from water is a figment of their imagination. Once again the loss of civilization and the old ways are represented. The dead man in the parachute, falling slowly, from the old world and civilization, represents the steady decline of the old ways which have been implemented in the new society and therefore the distinction of being civilized itself and the death of it. The beast represents mankind"s fear of an outside threat as well as the evil and wrong doing that mankind brings upon itself. Fear of an outside threat has been a characteristic that mankind has had ever since we walked on two legs. Ancient peoples saw demons, and now many people claim to see UFO"s and aliens; it is quite plausible that a very primitive society would see a beast. As evil and fear are created from man, so is the beast. The beast, being a fictitious creation of man and one that appears in every society, becomes no longer a physical entity, but a fear rooted deep in the human psyche; perhaps a fear of ourselves. 3. The parachute symbolizes the forces of human behavior that attempt to hold the fabric of society intact. The parachute, however, fails to hold society afloat indefinitely. The parachute slowly loses to nature in this case gravity, but symbolically mankind"s animal instincts and desires. This conclusion can be drawn because the parachute is carrying a dead man, who of course represents the old way and civility. Perhaps it could be also concluded that the parachute symbolizes the last efforts to maintain a civilization that has already died and cannot be saved. Because the parachute symbolizes efforts to save civilization on the island, it can be related to Ralph, Piggy, and Simon. The parachute, however, does not represent these characters, but rather what they themselves in turn represent; leadership, knowledge and kindness. 4. When Simon says, "You"ll get back alright"¦", he means to say that the beast is a figment of the imagination and cannot harm anyone; therefore, they will get back without a beast preventing their return. Golding puts Simon"s words in such a manner so that they have a connotation of sarcasm and annoyance. I believe that this was done to give the reader a hint of Simon"s unspoken knowledge. Simon knows that the beast is fictitious, in fact Simon knows what the beast represents. He is annoyed by the general ignorance of the boys on the island and knows that when they return, they themselves will bring the beast back; only it won"t be the beast that they think they know. 5. Jack was unable to kill the pig because he still had traces of civility left in him. The savage part of him drew him to kill the pig, but did not fully dominate and he was unable to kill the pig. Society teaches us from a young age that it is not only wrong to kill, but disgusting. He was not ready to stain his hands with the blood of another living creature and to abandon his morals. He took a large step towards savagery by deciding and nearly bringing himself to kill the pig, but was not ready to complete the journey; not yet. 6. Piggy"s glasses are significant as a symbol of knowledge. Piggy also represents knowledge, and he is blind, basically useless without them. Piggy and his glasses are strong while society is strong. When society crumbles and no longer listens to its intellectuals which will happen later in the story they become weak and abused like Piggy does. After society crumbles Piggy"s glasses are stolen and broken, he becomes useless, and is later murdered. Because society broke down, knowledge is stolen and destroyed in the hands of savages. Piggy"s glasses are broken in one lens by Jack, and later the other by him and his followers. This shows that knowledge was not killed in one day, but rather over the duration of the boys" stay on the island. Because glasses symbolize knowledge, they must be the tool used to obtain technology and the domination and manipulation of nature. This is achieved by using Piggy"s glasses to light the fire that represents these things. It also shows that when knowledge falls into irresponsible hands it can be used to do great destruction that is symbolized by the forest fire. The fire also represents hope, so it is knowledge that gives us hope. Without Piggy"s glasses Jack and his boys do not have fire to roast pigs. Jack hates Piggy, and treats him poorly, but needs the glasses to obtain fire. This is very similar to evil leaders of society who abuse their thinkers and use the knowledge that they yield for personal gain and wrong - doing. Without Piggy"s glasses the boys would not distinguish themselves from the rest of nature and perhaps become subordinate to it. The same would be true for all of human society without knowledge. 7. The boys did not inspect the parachutist more carefully because they had forgotten about the Old World and no longer cared. They did not care that a man died or that someone from the Old World arrived. They did not care to examine the body for useful items. This tells us that the boys were preoccupied with events on the island. They were no longer children of the Old World, nor did they care for it, they were now children of the island. The dead man was no longer one of them, but an outsider who did not matter.   

1. When the fire goes out it symbolizes the loss of all remaining civility and the beginning of absolute savagery. The fire was the boys" only link to the past, as it was the one true technology they had. Fire symbolizes man"s domination and manipulation of nature. As the fire...

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