Abigail Williams portrays the human flaw of envy. She tries to do anything to break up the relationship between John Proctor and his wife because she is so jealous. Reverend Parris conveys selfishness through his words and actions. The only thing he cares about is himself and how he is seen in the town. Finally, Thomas Putnam depicts the human flaw of lust for money and power by trying to spread the belief of witchcraft in order to buy more land from those who died.
The narrator of the play states “Thomas Putnam felt that his own name and the honor of his family had been smirched by the village, and he meant to right matters any way he could.” (Act I) The Nurses were involved with Thomas’s brother-in-law not becoming minister of Salem. He also sides with his wife Ann after she accuses Rebecca Nurse. The families aren’t exactly the best of friends.
“His hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief. Now, it plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to his armpit…” This shows how Montag's self-centeredness overcame his compassion for others and how his actions will lead to his overall selfishness. Each piece of evidence pulled from the text all lead to the same conclusion in Fahrenheit 451. In life humans have shown that they are inherently selfish because they are greedy, they are self-centered and they risk the lives of others for their desires.
John’s wife is called out as a witch, and he tries to save her knowing these claims are false and are all made out by Abbey who wants John for herself. John does all he can to get back his wife he gets on his knees and begs. Soon John sacrifices all that he has in honor to get her back. A desperate man pleading, and begging people not to kill his wife because she has been falsely accused of being a witch. He needed some solid evidence to get her back.
He accused Putnam of prompting his daughter to accuse their fellow townsmen of witchery, like George Jacobs, in order to seize more land. He explains to Danforth that, “If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property- that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a price” (96). The tension between Corey and Putnam shows the tension between people in the town, but it also exemplifies the way they manipulated people in order to receive power for themselves. Corey’s claims show that Putnam tried to manipulate George Jacobs by having his daughter accuse him and have him hang, and he would buy Jacobs's land, which is his symbol of power and
Both tales have positions on honor, which reflect a moral inversion seen within the Decameron. In the tale of Caterina and Ricciardo, the story ends happily due to the fact Riccardo was caught and given a choice by Caterina’s father to either marry his daughter or be killed for romping around with her. While in the tale of Tancredi and Ghismonda, the story ends in tragedy due to a false honor. This honor devised was hidden underneath a layer of jealousy, and debatably, an insinuated desire for Ghismonda by Tancredi himself. Ghismonda also died in Guiscardo’s honor.
Selling your soul to The Devil is an old and classic archetype. When an individual sells his soul, is in exchange for something big. Tom, from Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker” and Queen Ravenna from “Snow White and the Huntsman” had their own, but similar reason or motivation to make a deal with The Devil, and they ended up in a very bad way. First, Tom from “The Devil and Tom Walker” wanted a selfish richness because according to the story, he didn’t care when his wife was killed by The Devil:
Daisy could simply wait for Gatsby to come home after the war, but Gatsby comes from a less wealthy family. She meets Tom, the heir of wealthy family, and she marries him. They have such a large desire to keep their money and status that they use others as if they’re there to serve them. An example of this is, once again, how Daisy uses Gatsby to get away with killing Myrtle. Daisy also says ”I'm glad it's a girl.
During the 1800s Dark Romanticism, sometimes referred to as Gothic Romanticism, entered the world of literature. Unlike the writings before this time, Dark Romanticism showed the sinful thoughts that had not been previously shown in the world. Unlike the previous fiction stories or novels such as fairytales that used creative, positive stories to escape reality, these dark and sometimes supernatural writings eluded reality by taking its readers into disturbing and sometimes sacrilegious situations. Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne both used symbols to illustrate elements of Dark Romanticism. The symbols within the stories of these great writers revealed the impending darkness and gloom that characterized Dark Romanticism.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, through the allegory of Chillingworth’s life in Scarlet Letter, rendered the conception that vindictive life can be a melancholy. Compulsion with revenge only led Chillingworth to emotional corruption, hauled away various elements of life, raised anger, and drove him away from relationships with people. After all, would it be a wise determination to live with, or even possess, a spiteful mind preoccupied with revenge? The immediate answer has to be,
Early in the story Tom 's wife goes out to find riches in the forest she had heard about from her husband. In her journey she never makes it back home(295). This shows that the belongings the Devil presented showed temptation of greediness. The riches are associated with the Devil because he has the treasure,
Sam and Bill send a letter to Ebenezer Dorset wanting fifteen hundred dollars in return for Johnny. Ebenezer knows that Johnny must be causing the kidnappers trouble and knows that he will get money to take him back. Instead Sam and Bill pay Ebenezer the money and will never return to the town of Summit ever again. Therefore, in O. Henry’s short story “The Ransom of Redchief” he uses situational irony to create a humorous short
Contrapasso is a law of nature meaning the crime you commit you must get an equal and fitting punishment. The crime that I chose which I believe has the best fitting punishment is greed. The punishment for greed is told in chapter 7 “ These souls pushed heavy weights before them in the circle, and when they met they crashed the heavy weights together .” This punishment is best fitting because when the sinners were alive they’d either hoard wealth or spent it all. Like Virgil said “These sinners were incontinent when it came to wealth”.
As the sexton rings the church bell to signal the beginning of the Sunday service, townspeople from all over the New England Village of Milford rush to the local meetinghouse. Since it is the 17th century, Puritans are required to attend church and will be subjected to a fine if they receive a certain number of absences. Their belief that God only chooses a few people to save drives them to live holy lives so that they might be among those who receive salvation. Out of motivation for becoming perfect Christians, these Puritans follow simple, strict lifestyles and obsessively scrutinize each other's actions and behaviors for the slightest traces of sin. Since the Puritan society views sin as equal to death, most Puritans keep their darkest imperfections to themselves for fear of going to Hell or dishonoring their religious community.
The Devil and Tom Walker is a short story published in 1824 by Washington Irving. The story takes place during 1724 in the colony of Massachusetts when Tom Walker, who is a greedy miser, happens to meet an old lumberjack in the nearby swamp. This lumberjack is known as Old Scratch and offers Tom immense wealth, specifically the treasure of Kidd the Pirate, in exchange for Tom’s soul. Tom initially needs time to ponder the offer, but eventually accepts it after his wife dies trying to fulfill the deal herself. Tom lives his whole life as an usurer, while still being just as cheap as he was, eventually getting taken by Old Scratch and fulfilling his end of the bargain.