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In sonnet CXLIV by William Shakespeare Shakespeare writes a sarcastic theme about the struggle between good and evil and how he hopes good will prevail but in reality he knows evil will To two angels on his shoulder as the poem at first glance conveys could possibly be metaphors for his real-life loves The man and the Dark Lady Through the poem Shakespeare explains how his worser evil tries to sway his better angel from his side and he knows the male angel is good for him He also details how he knows the female spirit is bad for him He finally says how he knows in the end the lady evil will prevail over the male good Shakespeare has a lot of confusion in this sonnet When starting this sonnet he has a sure tone of his love for good and evil However it could be assumed that these good and bad symbolize his male and female lovers The better angel is a man right fair He loves to be good as the angel wants him to Two spirits do suggest me still With this he shows his dilemma with the choice between good and evil Shakespeare knows the situation does not look good so he starts off by explaining it Perhaps he does this to ease his transition to evil He has hypocrisy to what he says because he knows he should be doing good but doesnt want to because being bad feels so good too Shakespeare also goes on to explain the trials oh his bad spirit The worser spirit a woman colourd ill When saying colourd ill one could guess the bad angel is an allusion to his lover the dark lady He in a way admits that he is taking advantage of the situation he doesnt have to choose because the
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