He voices his admiration of himself in a way that he wants to love and take care of himself the way a spouse would. This can also be interpreted as Narcissus appreciating his own beauty because he is his conditioned by his peers, but he cannot fully love himself because he does not accept himself for who he is as a being. At the beginning of the poem, Narcissus is prideful of his appearance although, towards the end of the poem he realizes that he is looking at his reflection and cannot hold a romantic relationship with himself: “the world become cloudswell” (15). In the last line, Narcissus states that his world became dreary and dark due to his discovery that the body of water was showing his
He is also romantic idealist. In the dictionary it states that a romantic hero is “someone who is colorful, attractive, and surpasses the average person in every way.” The person who uses powerful literature and his talent to speak pure beauty whenever is speaks is non other than Cyrano. Because of his nose, he denied his love for a very long time, because he was afraid that people wouldn’t love him because his nose is such a distraction. Cyrano finally achieved love through his wit and his love for adventure. He is a true romantic hero, no matter what was in his way he kept pushing.
This is all due to his double life that he has come accustomed to living. The double standard can be depicted in image changing, in lavish lifestyles, and in superficial happiness. Dorian Gray, the protagonist in the novel, lives a superficially stable double life. The portrait that Basil Hallward, Dorian’s artist and friend, created for Dorian caused a self-image imbalance. The portrait was young and juvenile, while Dorian was soon to grow old and immoral.
A main motif used by Wilde is the painting done by Basil Hallward. Early in the novel, the reader gets the impression that the painting is pervaded by the longing for the youth that one has lost as well as the frightening deficiency of human life. In chapter eight this painting is described as: “the most magical of mirrors.” (Wilde 98). The portrait works
In the opening of the story, the narrator is ashamed of Doodle, but in time, the narrator develops into a forgiving, loving person. This overall change was sparked by the death of Doodle. His love that was hidden throughout the story, is finally revealed after Doodle dies in the storm. These changes that the narrator undergoes, taught the reader the many consequences that pride can have on someone, and how it can be certainly evil, depending on the circumstances. To recap, C.S.
Egotism can have many forms and are shown through people in a very full of themselves kind of way. A form of egotism is present within Malvolio, Orsino, and Olivia throughout the book, their egotism affects their actions, motivations, and relationships. Malvolio is very self absorbed in imagining what he could have. Malvolio is strongly in love with Olivia but he is her butler so he cannot act on his feelings. He daydreams about what his life could be like with Olivia.
Cyrano did many things that others couldn’t have done. He let another man, Christian, take credit for his own love because he thought that’s what he had for Roxane and that it allowed Roxane to see that love through him instead. He also fought in war with a “white plume” that showed he was not afraid to fight and avenge his own happiness and the other man, Christian. Although he was committed to doing what he thought was right and what he thought would’ve made Roxane happy slowly got him killed but in the end it was all for love and to show off his
That is freedom. This is nothing else.” (Rand, 101) All along he knew his happiness came from being alone, yet it wasn’t till now he realized the great burden of constantly serving others. His great epiphany derived the question, “What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and obey?” (Rand, 97) At this point he realizes his curse of exising as inquisive is actually his “greatest virtue.” (Rand) The thought of existing for others becomes repelling and Equality instead makes his goal to fight for the freedom on man and for the welfare that comes from
A near-perfect protagonist in a story is a common place for a story to have. A character like this provides a goal for a reader to strive for. In other word, the protagonist is idolized by a reader very often. To the contrary, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a memoir by Jean- Dominique Bauby, diverges from the ‘perfect protagonist,’ and Jean- Dominique Bauby presents himself to the reader as a far from perfect person. This approach gives the book an overarching theme of humanity.
I felt a sense of childishness because I thought I was just painting a rainbow… how basic could I be? Well, I then decided to paint two hands reaching out for each other in the bottom-left and top-right corners of the painting. At this point, I was just painting hands because the instructor said it was one of the hardest things to paint, but subconsciously I think part of me was trying to express what I was feeling. From my personal experience, I’ve learned that an artist never really knows when to stop, you kind of just do it. I did not stop after painting the hands, I then splashed blue, pink, and purple paint all over the painting.