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Lubas 1

Ally Lubas
Ms. Gardner
English 10H/Period 4
8 September 2016

Sonnet 1 Analysis

In Sonnet one, Shakespeare theorizes narcissism as the definite theme discussed in the
sonnet. Shakespeare uses captivating imagery, intriguing diction, and gripping sound devices to
successfully stage the main characters struggle with being in love with himself. The image of
Feedst your lights flame with self substantial fuel, concludes that selfishness is a main theme
discussed in this poem. Narcissism exists in this quote because it is suggesting that you should
feed you lights flame with self substantial fuel; meaning that you should be narcissistic in life.
Not only are captivating images used to help get the point that self love is indeed a quality in this
poem but, intriguing diction is used as well. Shakespeare states, Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet
self too cruel. Once again vainness is advocated because of this diction revealing that although
you may love yourself, your own self will always be your worst enemy. Finally, using gripping
sound devices; Shakespeare declares that To eat the worlds due, by the grave and thee. This
statement suggests that there are many self-centered people in this world and that if we dont
pity them, there will be consequences. Selfishness is represented throughout the poem although
being so isnt necessarily good. Even though vainess is expressed frequently in this poem, it also
teaches us that we should look down on those who are narcissistic, saying to them that it is not
the right way to be. Narcissism is significant in this poem because it is telling us that we should
teach people to be welcoming and not self-absorbed. Because of captivating imagery, because of
intriguing diction, and because of gripping sound devices, Shakespeare is able to provide
evidence of narcissism being a well-exercise theme in this poem.