This quote demonstrates the deadly sin of pride because the foolish rioters think they can avenge their friend against an unknown enemy. This sin is used in order to show how pride in one's own self may lead to unwanted repercussions. Because this tale was written in this time period, boasts and pridefulness were common. The use of pride develops the characters from being a band of brothers to becoming each other's murderer.
Marcus Brutus’ Manipulation Manipulation:to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner. In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, this quote is entirely true. We are also introduced into the idea of manipulation very early in the play, which impacts the plot. The play is about Marcus Brutus, the tragic hero, being manipulated into being in a conspiracy to assassinate Gaius Julius Caesar, a politician for Rome. He ends up joining them for honor for Rome, not jealousy of Caesar’s power, and it ends up very badly for him.
‘Iago is such a disturbing villain because he seems to have no real motives for his evil.’ How far and in what ways do you agree with this view? Iago is nothing more than a devious mastermind and Machiavellian of the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. Whilst Iago does try to communicate multiple reasons for his motives in wanting to destroy Cassio and Othello these are mere rationalisations and excuses to provide justification for his evil actions and can only be accepted when analysing Othello on a surface level. Looking into Othello further we can see that Iago is a power thirsty character that dwells in his corruption and evil which makes him such a disturbing villain. Iago gives a sheer numbers of excuses to try and prove his ulterior motives, conveniently adding new reasons for his hate every time he needs to encourage Roderigo to do something for him.
After retrieving the chemicals, Jekyll offers the opportunity for Jekyll to explain the mysterious mission and take the potion. Jekyll describes the consequences seeing the effects of the potion will have saying, “your sight shall be blasted by a prodigy to stagger the unbelief of Satan.”(71) The word “Satan” is used in contrast with the word “prodigy” which has a positive connotation. Although giving in to temptation and discovering the power of the potion is amazing and “prodigal” it has negative consequences suggested by the words “Satan”. Soon after,
Throughout Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character, young Hamlet, is faced with the responsibility of attaining vengeance for his father’s murder. He decides to feign madness as part of his plan to gain the opportunity to kill Claudius. As the play progresses, his depiction of a madman becomes increasingly believable, and the characters around him react accordingly. However, through his inner thoughts and the apparent reasons for his actions, it is clear that he is not really mad and is simply an actor simulating insanity in order to fulfill his duty to his father. Hamlet only claims madness because it allows him to say and perform actions he otherwise would be prohibited from, while keeping people from taking his actions seriously.
(T) While talking with Gloucester and Lear, Edgar (Poor Tom) mentions that, contrary to what one might think, the devil is a gentleman. This concept of evil clothed in civility is crucial to the the play as it stresses the concept that, often, one must be careful to look beyond another’s outward appearance or intentions in order to derive their true motivations. After all, deception can hide a whole world of sin. This idea can be seen throughout the show, most namely when King Lear’s daughters profess their love for their father. While Regan and Goneril may seem the most appreciative from an outside glance, their true goals lie in gaining land and power, while the most humble of the three, Cordelia, ends up being the only sister to truly care
Genghis Khan once said “an action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure”, thus ultimately leaving those with malicious intentions to wallow in their collapsed dreams. These wise words of advice apply to many circumstances in Othello, by William Shakespeare, where one man’s desperate thirst for revenge causes him to manipulate those around him. Iago’s heinous motives drive him to fulfill the needs of his unruly God complex. In Othello, Shakespeare characterizes Iago as astute through the use of hyperbole and metaphors. We can learn from Iago that having an air of superiority results in a distorted view of reality and can eventually lead to bitterness and hate.
Chillingworth is deceiving Dimmesdale by convincing him that he is his friend. “Come, good Sir, and my dearest friend, I pray you, let me lead you home!” (137). Chillingworth is persisting in his plan to destroy the man that destroyed his marriage with Hester. He is so good at acting like he is a friend that Dimmesdale is starting to let the only one who is planning to hurt him, in, and befriending him. Chillingworth's persistence is finally paying off.
The tragic hero, Marcus Brutus, possesses morality and a deep loyalty for Rome which are noble traits to have, but in certain situations those same characteristics allow for others to easily manipulate him. In response to Cassius’s attempts to persuade Brutus, Brutus admits, “I love / The name of honor more than I fear death” (I.ii.94-95). By revealing his loyalty to Rome, Brutus shows his weakness to Cassius and allows for Cassius to use it against him. Although Brutus reveals his submissive nature to Cassius, Cassius’s natural ability to manipulate people proves why Cassius is successful in completing his own agenda. While trying to recruit Brutus for the conspiracy, Cassius asserts, “I have heard / Where many of
This only serves to heighten the concerns of the king, so much so that he devises a plot to discern the cause of the prince’s madness for himself. Taken aback by the weirdness of Hamlet’s following actions, Claudius remarks, “Madness in great ones must not (unwatched) go” (3.2. 203) . It is in these words that Hamlet’s aim seems to be fulfilled. Masterfully crafting a false insanity, the young prince is in complete control, both of himself and of others’ perceptions of him.