The end of the Crucible is very suspenseful when the protagonist, John Proctor, is faced with choosing between confessing to a lie or dying for the truth. At first, Proctor is hesitant and signs the papers, confessing himself to evil, but before the signed paper is collected by the court, he tears it apart and is sentenced to death. This was his best option, for it stopped him from living a remorseful life. His decision to tear apart the signed confession was the most correct not only for himself but for his family and the community as well. In the Puritan village of Salem, a man 's reputation is very important.
(Wiesel 91). Even though this son and father had been suffering the same amount in the camps and had been really close, the son remained greedy for his own survival and left his father alone to die. This proves that mankind has plenty of opportunities to make noble decisions such as this boy staying with his father and helping him live, however, greed, along with many other factors, can make mankind ruthless and selfish since they only make decisions based on how they can positively benefit. Another example of this cruelty and selfishness was when Elie
Okonkwo is very much affected by all three of the factors listed above. One of the main factors is his past. Okonkwo 's motivation to be a better man than his dad is what truly shapes him to be who he really is. Okonkwo has a love for his village like the love they have for him. But out of fear that he would be like his father, he started becoming very irresponsible and did things without thinking.
The protagonist is Jeff Smith and the antagonists are the corrupt politicians, amongst them being Joseph Paine and Jim Taylor. What makes Jeff Smith the protagonist is his naturally good-hearted and likeable nature. He’s a clumsy, morally right, and ‘unlikely’ hero throughout the film whose goal is to help the Boy Rangers of America in his hometown and inadvertently eliminate some corrupt politicians from the senate. What makes Paine and Taylor the antagonists of the story is their selfish desires to see their dam-building graft, hidden in another bill, passed. When Smith’s bill threatens their plans, they take villainous actions to put a stop to it, which leads to them framing Smith of trying to make money off of his
Aristotle once said "A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” In literature, a tragic hero is best defined as a character who makes a mistake which inevitably leads to their downfall. Moreover, a tragic hero is often depicted as conceited, arrogant, and someone whose fortune is reversed. In “Inherit the Wind”, the issue of Matthew Harrison Brady as a tragic hero is significant since he was expected to triumph against Drummond because he was a hero to everyone else. Matthew Harrison Brady was looked upon his peers and most citizens as a hero; someone whom they can always count on. Brady, a lawyer and a (failed) politician, constantly emphasized his love toward religion; specifically the Bible.
While the townsfolk’s self-interest is in prioritising the town’s future needs ahead of its safety, Parris’ selfishness is depicted through his greed for monetary compensation including “firewood” (34), being “the first minister ever” to “demand the deed to his house” (34). Notwithstanding his daughter’s “sickness”, Parris predominantly worries that his “ministry’s at stake” (20) as he “cannot have anyone” discover “such corruption” of witchcraft in his house (21, 22). To avoid this “disastrous charge”, Parris perpetuates Abigail’s “deceit” in accusing the innocent, transposing to the audience the destructive
The American flag symbolizes Walter’s desire to achieve his perception of the “American dream”. Walter realizes that he is a failure and a disgrace to his family. He feels that if he can make his family rich, they will be happier with him. His dream of making a large amount of money is quickly refined to focus instead on doing what is morally right to create a close, tight-knit family. The many disagreements that Walter has with the rest of the Younger family is symbolizes signified with the image of the sword.
Ever since childhood, people develop an image on what a true hero should be like. A considerable hero is someone who looks after their allies and makes rational decisions in tough situations. On the contrary, in the book, The Odyssey, Odysseus shows that not all heroes make the most reasonable choices. For instance, he is willing to sacrifice his own shipments in order to get back to Ithaca. Yes, it may be one of the best options considering the position they are in, but he was the reason why the crew is in that position in the first place.
There are countless stories that have sappy endings where the hero saves the day and everything goes well, but in James Hurst’s short story ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ the main character makes mistakes that costs his little brother his life. Doodle, the little brother, has many different facets of his personality similar to a real person. It is because of these many facets that we, the readers, could connect to him.The most notable personalities that Doodle has is his selflessness, dependence on others, and his creative imagination. Doodle is very selfless and he is willing to walk to the edge of the earth just to see his family happy. He could not walk at all because of his birth defects, but his brother slowly but surely taught him how to first stand up, and then walk.
Chris McCandless, deceased adventurer from “Into the Wild”, underwent many obstacles that seems highly ridiculous. Certain physical and mental challenges that could have prevented, Chris decided to do defying the chance of death or severe injury. But the real misunderstanding is who was Chris proving his manhood too? Coming from a comfortable family whose parents make a wealthy income, Chris McCandless had everything handed to him. For instance, In the beginning of the book it talked about how Chris was an intelligent student who strove for perfection and when he didn’t achieve the grade he wanted he was very hard on himself.