Through this satirical writing, Wilde uses comparison of beauty and industrialism and juxtaposition between compliments and criticism to paint American social values as backwards and unappealing in order to dispel the glamour of a romantic American culture.
Due to Lear’s inadequacy of flattery from the daughters’ in Act I, their familial love equivalents with materialism. The unveil of the fatal flaw creates a ultimate opportunity for the treacherous sisters’ intentions to focus in the dethroning of their father’s position of supremacy, Lear’s flaw, blindness and prioritising self-esteem causes him to illogically ‘disown’ Cordelia whilst both Goneril and Regan observe and take into account Lear’s poor judgement and the recurring motif of blindness. This is highlighted in Goneril’s dialogue, “He always loved our sister the most, and with that poor judgment he hath now cast her off appears too grossly.”
They are given no opportunity to form a true opinion, and to further prevent any opportunity as such from happening, the government shoves endless amounts of entertainment at them, for example the parlour wall programs and technology like the seashells, to keep them distracted. To hide the truth. The focus of Fahrenheit 451 is in fact the issue of censorship. The novel, as a matter of fact, begins with the first sentence expressing censorship by saying “It was a pleasure to burn.”
Initially, Lydia’s characterisation as “self-willed and careless…ignorant, idle, and vain” foreshadows her eventual elopement with elopement being a punishable offense under the Hardwicke Act of 1753 which enables Austen to advocate a sense of independence, tempered with values of prudence and consideration for others. After Wickham deceitfully claims “Till I can forget his father, I can never defy or expose him”, the dramatic irony in the omniscient narration “Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings” exposes Elizabeth’s prejudiced dislike towards Darcy formulated from appearance and emotion rather than rationality. However, Elizabeth overcomes her prejudgement after reading Darcy’s letter, shown through the cumulative listing “Astonishment, apprehension, and even horror, oppressed her”, resulting in the ephiphany "she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd”, typifying the impact of the epistolary style in promoting introspection and re-evaluation of one’s morality. Consequently, the satirisation of the Regency value of Physiognomy in Elizabeth’s perceptive monologue, "There was some great mismanagement in (their) education. One (Darcy) has got all the goodness, and the other (Wickham) all the appearance of it" validates Elizabeth’s moral development, highlighting the importance of responsiveness to feedback in
Kent believes that “to plainness honor’s bound when majesty falls to folly” (I.i.165) or “when power to flattery bows” (I.i.165). The flattery Kent refers to is the disingenuous and exaggerated professions of love from his daughters Goneril and Reagan, which he has to point out for the lies they are as he is honest and loyal. The juxtaposition of majesty falling to flattery foreshadows the effects of Lear’s lack of judgment and the literal fall of his majesty. Shakespeare usage of the litotes when Kent explains Lear that his daughter Cordelia “does not love (him) least” (I.i.171), underscores his usage of plain language, as opposed to decorative speech, which again pertains to his truthful nature. To emphasize this honesty to the audience during my performance, Kent barely uses gestures and in the cases where he does they are minimalistic gestures as a slight shaking of the head for “does not love (him) least” (I.i.171), which is a juxtaposition to the deceptive eldest sisters who’s gestures are purposely exaggerated for the opposite
Inspired by his own materialistic, self-destructive life, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his influential novel The Great Gatsby, accurately criticizes the delusion of the American psychology of success in 1920s America - as well as the present day - revealing the demoralizing atmosphere of inadequacy and failure in pursuing an unreachable objective, while illuminating the hidden pandemic of misery this caused among the American people - preventing their
surprising to create Balarabe Jr. as a character who is guilty of infidelity by keeping a concubine while he abandons Zaria, his wife. They have turned away from the fact that this contentious issue is a hydra-headed monster which is capable of been able to ruin a home. They claim that it may result in taking on a second wife, in complete neglect or abandonment or both. According to them, how does a wife react to marital infidelity in a situation where she expects no redress from society, tradition and family? This is actually the plight of Baram Alkali’s case in Personal Angle.
While unique characters are very valuable in various forms of literature, authors can successfully utilize stereotyped characters to achieve author’s purpose. The character of Mariane in Tartuffe by Molière is a stereotypical “damsel in distress”, as the other characters must help her while they combat the hypocrisy of Tartuffe. When Orgon, blinded by his reverence for Tartuffe, announces that Mariane is to marry Tartuffe, it causes conflict between characters. Mariane has to express her opinion and defy her father, so that she will not marry a hypocrite and liar, despite being a generally submissive person. In Molière’s Tartuffe, the author successfully employs a conventional character through Mariane, to demonstrate the strife that fanaticism and
Brabantio and Iago both warn Othello that Desdemona’s act of love what something else entirely. Brabantio warns Othello by voicing, “Look to her, Moor, if thou has eyes to see:/She has deceiv’d her father, and may thee” (1.3.289-290). Iago tells Othello a similar message but the meaning behind is is very different, “She did deceive her father, marring you” (3.3.204). While Brabantio is actually warning Othello Iago is actually the one deceiving Othello. Iago knows the true motivation for Desdemona’s actions but successfully manipulates Othello into believing that Desdemona is deceiving him by having an affair with Cassio.
Hamlet’s views on women is adulterous which pertains to the misogynistic tendencies in the play; thus, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, sparks up his misogynistic approaches. Hamlet is repulsed with Gertrude since she was quick to re-wed immediately following Old Hamlet’s death and cries: “She married. O, most wicked speed, to post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (1.2.156-157). Hamlet is shocked that his mother remarries to Claudius, Old Hamlet’s brother, before letting the tears on her cheek to dry.
Modernism is a literary and artistic movement of the 20th century that can be defined as a set of values produced between World War I and II. Some examples of Modernist Literature are the essays Modern Fiction by Virginia Woolf and From Romanticism and Classicism by T.E. Hulme. These essays characterize Modernism by it’s rejection of materialism and the sensible view of hopes and dreams that it holds. And though not all pieces created in this time were an example of modernist literature, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is. This is due to its strong stance that man has limits, unlike the past literary movement, Romanticism, which viewed man as a somewhat perfect creature possible of anything, and the fact that it strayed from materialism, and focused more on internal conflict.