The masquerade carries the traditional meanings of joy and social liberation. Reality is suspended, and people can temporarily assume another identity. Montresor exploits these sentiments to do Fortunato real harm.
He is possibly the fair youth who inspired the sonnets although not all of themor the one who acquired the manuscript, or someone else. It is not possible to identify him. However it seems unlikely that, if Thorpe had acquired the manuscript by clandestine means, he would openly boast of his theft and give a clue to the identity of his accomplice.
My interpretation of this dedication is entirely different, and I maintain that it is written by Shakespeare, or at least put there with his agreement, and that its wording is consistent with the themes of the Sonnets.
In particular the phrase onlie begetter is an oblique reference to the fair youth of the Sonnets and to the onlie begotten Son of God of the Bible, Christ.
Undoubtedly the reference could be seen as blasphemous, and it is treading a very fine line between what is acceptable and what is not.
But the phrase onlie begotten does not occur other than in a biblical context, and it seems unlikely that contemporary readers woulkd be unaware of this, and fail to notice the echo in the words onlie begetter.
The fact that this interpretation of the words is not generally seized upon suggests that Shakespeare was using it before an audience, perhaps a select one, who understood its meaning. The reason I propose that we should see this link is that it ties in with many of the thoughts expressed in the sonnets about the beloved and about the lover himself.
In this context Sonnet 37 is important and provides many of the clues as to how we should interpret those sonnets which have quasi-religious language or themes. I have italicised the words which have a biblical or religious reference.
As a decrepit father takes delight To see his active child do deeds of youth, So I, made lame by fortune's dearest spite, Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth. This wish I have; then ten times happy me! This is an unusual combination of words to find in a 14 line sonnet.
Whereas beauty, birth, wealth and wit may be desirable and oft praised qualities, truth in a loved one does not seem entirely relevant, especially as later on we find that he is not particularly faithful. Hence I would argue that the connection with the Gospel is all the more probable, since it is not an obvious epithet to apply.
There has also been much discussion of line 9.
Can the poet really have been lame! The contrast that is being built up is between the glory, nobility and abundant good qualities of the beloved and the lowliness and wretchedness of the lover. He is despised among men, a familiar phrase from Isaiah He is dispised and abhorred of men, he is such a man as hath good experience of sorowes and infirmities.
But his love for the youth rescues him from this calamity. The youth is identified with the only begotten, the Son of God, while the lover, the poet, becomes an abject creature, one of the poor, feeble and meek, who will nevertheless inherit the earth.
There is also a partial identification of the poet with the suffering Christ, he becomes, temporarily at least, the despised Christ taunted and mocked by the Jews. In a sense this is inevitable, since beloved and lover are one, they therefore share the same interchangeable identity.Example Articles & Resources.
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Antithesis, which literally means “opposite,” is a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect. Antithesis emphasizes the idea of contrast by parallel structures of the contrasted phrases or clauses.