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The Silent Sacrifices of Love Can comfort be found in falsities Can security be attained through lies Can one truly sustain a relationship based on deceit In Shakespeares sonnet When my love swears that she is made of truth the speaker portrays a less poetic illustration of love through a description of his own involvement with a younger woman and he demonstrates that love is not a picture perfect romance but rather a relationship where two people make silent sacrifices for the good of the other person Through his assessment of their relationship he not only reveals his lovers true character but he also unknowingly unveils the secret aspects of his own character Both of them are aware that their love is essentially based on the front they put on in order to protect each othershe pretends not to be unjust while he pretends not to be old It also becomes evident however that they consciously accept each others distortions of the truth not only to comfort each other but also to comfort themselves and maintain security in their relationship The speaker desperately tries to exhibit a youth which both he and his lover know he no longer possesses since his days are past the best Given that he obviously cant do anything to change his physical appearance he tries to compensate for his age by altering his personality He manipulates his lovers perspective of his character and thus he vainly hopes to manipulate her perspective of his age He credits her false-speaking tongue and pretends to believe her obviously false claims of truthfulness with the hopes that this ostensible naivet would give him the persona of the untutored youth that he yearns for In effect he expects that this act of innocence would somehow cast a youthful shadow on his old age Because he seemingly accepts her distorted state of honesty while she seemingly accepts his distorted state of youthfulness on
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