International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

PRE-LAPSARIAN MAN: AN ONTOLOGICAL READING OF SHAKESPEARE’S SONNET 129
Dr. Fahd Salameh, Dr. Qusai Al-Thebyan, Dr. Nazmi Al-Shalabi, Dr. Kifah Al-Omari

Abstract
This study approaches Shakespeare’s sonnet 129 as an independent entity, finding in it a contradictory view to the dominant one adopted by most Western critics who link it to other sonnets addressed to a “dark lady” where the theological and ethical judgments are based on the ideas common during the Elizabethan period. It will show how the ontology of this work, through highlighting the common ideas of the time, represents a contradiction to most views held by, and expressed in sonnets of that age.

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