The Use of Allusions to Characterize Claire and Critique Human Nature in The Visit Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit is an absurd, yet profound play, critiquing flaws of human nature and society, most notably the ruthless thirst for justice and revenge that people often succumb to. These vices are illustrated through the prototypical town of Güllen, which falls prey to the billionairess Claire Zachanassian’s vengeful schemes. Claire’s goal is to get revenge on the man who betrayed her in their youth, going to great lengths and hurting relatively innocent people to secure “justice”. Claire’s characterization as a ruthless woman scorned is integral to the play’s plot and it is facilitated by allusions to Greek mythological characters, such as Medea, the Fates, and the Furies, who all represent some aspect of Claire’s character and ambitions. Dürrenmatt uses allusions to Greek mythology to characterize Claire Zachanassian and critique the abuse of power to ruthlessly obtain justice and seek vengeance.
Robbie Panta Outcomes of Unforgivable Sins François-Marie, a famous enlightenment writer once said, “It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one” (Volaire 42). The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, contains many different types of guilt in the main character, John Proctor. Many innocent people in the Salem are hanged while the guilty people are thought of as saints. During this play, a young woman, Abigail Williams, accuses innocent people for witchcraft and seeks for more attention. Proctor is a farmer who lives in Salem Massachusetts.
John Proctor passed the trial of his sins, and Abigail Williams failed her test. John Proctor committed the serious sin of adultery and then experienced the trial of his wife being accused of witchcraft. One quote that shows this is a conversation between John Proctor and Mary Warren that says,
Lastly, the nature of the feud involves obscene sexual innuendo towards women, something that becomes evident when someone considers the puns the Capulet servants make with language referring to sexuality, such as their wordplay regarding Montague’s women virginity: “I will cut off their heads…Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take / it in what sense thou wilt” (1.1.20-24). These puns, as Coppelia Kahn states it “attest that fighting in the feud demonstrates virility as well as valor” because Sampson and Gregory feel, that by using their male nature to take women by force, they show their dominance to the Montague
No individual, however, deserves the suffering these accused witches are forced to experience. Their society turned its back on them; they are beaten, tortured, humiliated, excommunicated. These previously God-loving citizens were warped for straying from their religion’s ideals. At one point, Reverend Hale approaches Proctor and his wife begging the question, “. .
This shows how rudely Mary reacts when she is accused of being a carrier for typhoid disease. She acts this way because she knows she is going to get caught for her crimes. The only way Mary covers up her sins is by threatening people. Similarly, Mary had an admonishing reaction when scientist George Soper wanted to help her cure her typhoid disease. Soper explained how is fortunate enough to escape, “When he recounted the incident, Soper didn’t say whether Mary chased him with the carving fork-and if she did, how far he ran- but he did say, “I felt rather lucky to escape” (Bartoletti 44).
In Medea, a surge of insanity purges her after she is betrayed by her husband Jason causing many cruel and harsh actions to follow from her. The ending result a murder scene. Is she really at blame for her actions and should she be punished? Believing that she is truly insane this would entail that she is completely innocent and therefore not to be punished. Thesis: Medea’s insanity which led her to killing her children suggests she let her emotions take control of her proving she is not at fault for her actions.
Written in 1846, Wuthering Heights tells the tale of wicked lovers Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and the destructive path their romance leaves behind them. Their story highlights the capacity humans have to love themselves and others as well as their ability to hate. It also depicts how hatred and revenge can cause people to do terrible things. Emily Bronte 's novel illustrates just how selfish and cruel humans can be, even to the ones they love. Throughout the novel, you see several examples of various forms of love.
We’d slept with Clara [...] We swore on false oath [...] Ill bribed us” (Act One, page 37-38). His power doesn’t come from an abundant wealth, but from the knowledge of other’s desires and addictions. After this, Claire pays the townspeople to kill Ill, as she believes that death is the right punishment for what he did to her: “BUTLER. And now you desire justice, Claire Zachanassian? / CLAIRE ZACHANASSIAN.
Othello’s search for justice ultimately brought upon the destruction to not only himself but to those around him. Led by “honest Iago” to believe Desdemona has cuckolded him, he lets himself be the judge and jury of her alleged infidelity, and finally executes her with his bare hands . It is truly ironic when Othello says that it is “My life upon her faith!” (1.3.335) , when in fact it is her life upon his faith . In a sense, its romantic , even poetic how much trust he places on her faithfulness to him, yet there is a underlying hint of desperation of overwhelming importance for her to be chaste for him to function . Desdemona is of noble linage and has gone out of her social sphere to marry him , and he is aware of this.