Connect to Shakespeare's notion of stability and permanence. Specifically, identify and discuss something from your own experience that is relatively stable and important, something that can...

Connect to Shakespeare's notion of stability and permanence. Specifically, identify and discuss something from your own experience that is relatively stable and important, something that can provide comfort in an otherwise fast moving and volatile world.

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Even in his first sonnet, Shakespeare alludes to the never-ending quest for permanence as he wishes that, "Beauty's rose might never die."(1 line 2) By preserving, in this case, beauty, Shakespeare suggests that longevity is a strived for  aspiration. Beauty, like love, is a blessing, not to be squandered; otherwise, it "must be tomb'd with thee."(4. line 13) Being able to relate to something or someone is crucial to accepting Shakespeare's outlook whereby stability can be created through making something so changeable and even fleeting, more predictable than a summer's day. In Sonnet 18, he contends that "thy eternal summer shall not fade"(line 9), inferring that it is possible to create one's own constant by focusing on a deserving theme and extending it loved ones.

In the modern world, both fast moving and volatile, it is essential to create an environment "that looks on tempests and is never shaken" (116 line 6). It seems even in Shakespeare's day, the need for stability was just as strong. In a personal situation, strength, for me, comes from a family environment. In the "global village" which exists there must be a place or environment to retreat to or escape to in order for any average person to gain strength and someone who accepts all measure of shortcomings to the point that even if "music hath a far more pleasing sound," (130, line 10) this will never detract from "love as rare As any..." (line 13-14).

For me, it may be my family; for some it may be a location such as a special place, holding memories that remind a person of a time when he or she felt secure or even a photograph. The notion of being "relatively" stable fits well within a family environment which can present its own challenges as family members change and develop different perspectives which can cause disagreements and even conflict. However, there is still comfort in being able to express different viewpoints, for example, and still be guaranteed that person's ultimate loyalty and trust. In difficult times, families- even those who haven't spoken to each other for years- often rally together to support a family member who is in trouble or suffering. 

Shakespeare maintains that permanence can be created by committing details to paper and basically immortalizing characteristics of a person so that that person can endure. This compares to a family which, despite differences and perhaps even separated by continents, establishes that one constant and can be returned to, even years later, to provide comfort and consistency.

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