Analysis Of Shakespeare's Loves Labours Lost

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Shakespeare’s story, Love Labour’s Lost, focuses the story on the endearing lust of men. Women are a powerful force, so in order to persuade them men will try to use a variety of different resources in order to attract the opposite sex. Men will often use their primal instincts like a mating call, which could equivocate today to whistling at a woman as she walks by. With the use of lies to tell a girl what she wants to hear, the musk cologne in order to make you appear more sensual, or the cliché use of the love poem, men strive to appeal to women with the intent to see his way into her heart. William Shakespeare is a man, who based on some of his other works, has a pretty good understand and is full of passion for the opposite sex. Nonetheless, whether it had been honest love or perverse lust, Shakespeare, along with most men, aimed to try to charm women. With keeping this understanding of Shakespeare in mind, his weapon of choice, to find his portal way into a woman’s heart, was his power of writing.
In Shakespeare’s writing of Love's Labour's Lost he shows us some of the struggles that men and women will always deal with, in a man’s timeless struggle for a female’s heart. His characters in this book do not always achieve their ends. A majority of the play tends to focuses on many of its character's flaws instead of their virtues. First, the men of the play try to make sacrifices in order to better their minds and their studies. King Ferdinand of Navarre and three of his lords: Dumain, Longaville, and Berowne, take a vow to abandon the pleasures of the world for three years to pursue knowledge and keep themselves company with the use of only books in order to gain respect as scholars. Ferdinand draws up a contract which outlines the conditions which they are to live under. Longaville and Dumain are both quick to sign, Berowne, however, questions the strictness of the contract. First, it forbids all discourse with women. Next, it requires the four men to fast one day a week and eat only one meal on the other days. Finally, it dictates that the lords may sleep no more than three hours a night. After the king tells Berowne their study time will yield hidden pearls of knowledge, Berowne too signs the contract.
In the play, however the only knowledge that the characters gain is that in taking away life's natural distractions, they tend to focus on what they cannot have, primarily women. Shakespeare shows this by having the lords spend their time extracting information about their respective women, writing poetry to them, sending them gifts, and hiding these attempts from their comrades. By making virtual monks of at first unwilling men, the king of the play has unrealistic expectations of his comrades and himself. These strictures, also, are not only forced upon by men of...

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