He uses the same underlying temperament with Desiree, “her face the picture of fright… presently her husband enter[s] the room”, showing his ability to frighten those that love him most (5). Although, his cruelest way to punish Desiree was through cold indifference, not even willing himself to look at her. “When he spoke to her, it was with avert[ing] eyes,” because of the grave injustice she has unconsciously done to him and his name. The shame that Armand impresses upon Desiree is what brings her to take their baby into the bayou and never come
From the onset of the book, death is a recurring event, persistent throughout the entire poem. In many ways, the Odyssey is the story of the death of all of Odysseus’ friends and fellow fighters during their return home from conquering Troy. These deaths are particularly heartbreaking to Odysseus because, normally, one would expect that all dying would conclude with the end of the war against Troy. In this case, however, the anticipation of his return to his family at home became a series of tragedies. This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family.
Just as Odysseus warned his crew, “old shipmates our stores are in the ship’s hold, food and drink; the cattle here are not for our provision, or we pay dearly for it (meaning losing his entire crew)” (page 220) after skillfully escaping from the treacherous hands and mouth of Skylla and Kharybdis on the island of Thrinakia, but they decided to listen to Eurylochus instead, who coaxed them by saying, “You’ve gone through everything; listen to what I say. All deaths are hateful to us, mortal wretches, but famine is the most pitiful, the worst end that a man can come to” and to “better open your lungs to a big sea once for all than waste to skin and bones on a lonely island” (page 221). Similarly, I’ve gone through a moment of self-restraint, which turned into a moment of no self-control. When I was visiting India during the scorching summer at the age of seven, I noticed an increasing amount of stray dogs wandering aimlessly in unsanitary alleyways and on the perilous highways in the overpopulated city of New Delhi. Because I
And the story of his family and their life in Odysseus’s absence. Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left. Even once he returns, he continues killing, and demolishing a hundred peaceful suitors. Odysseus leave for the Trojan War twenty-years earlier with men, and returns back to Ithaca with no men.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, legality is often deemed less important than morality in terms of decision making. Multiple characters throughout the novel disregard the law in order to carry out their vision of justice. When Curley, the son of the ranch owner, discovers his wife’s body, he is furious. So furious that he plans to track Lennie, a new employee with an intellectual disability, down and murder him to get revenge for his mistake. Regardless of the law, Curley’s morals based on vengeance and masculinity drive him to kill Lennie.
The first time Raskolnikov visits Sonia at her apartment, he is quite rude to her. After he murdered Lizaveta and Aliona, he became a miserable criminal, and that is what he labeled Sonia as. He said, “You live in this muck that you hate… Wouldn’t it have been better, a thousand times more ‘right’--and more clever, too--if you’d gone and jumped in the river and ended everything at once!” (315). Sonia thought many times of killing herself, so she understood his cruel suggestion. However, this may seem contradictory of the previous statement of his dependency on Sonia, but it appears this was Raskolnikov finding an outlet for the misery he created for himself, and Sonia knew that Raskolnikov was “terribly, infinitely unhappy” (321).
He claims that Beowulf has lost the swimming competition between him and Breca. This affects Beowulf because his reputation is vital to him. Beowulf fires back with a reminder that Unferth killed his own kin. “[...] and the forthright Unferth, admired by all for his mind and courage, although under a cloud for killing his brothers, reclined near the king” (1164-1167). To prove himself, Beowulf informs the King Hrothgar of his new expedition, killing Grendel.
A van from the knackers comes to take Boxer away two days after his lung collapses. This goes to show how as soon as Boxer was of no use to the pigs, he gets sold, again for their benefit. They showed no sympathy for him, despite Boxer’s blind loyalty and him being the best worker of the farm. Reduced rations, working with an injury and ultimately dying in the end demonstrates the conditions Boxer had to go through just because of the simple reason of not standing up for himself. Boxer lets his pride takeover, leading him to disregard his own well-being.
Shakespeare draws on the beauty and restorative powers of nature that audience members were familiar with. He shows, as nature becomes defiled and no longer a safe place, powerful and skilled hunters will attack your family because the Emporer has allowed them access to state. Saturnius is so consumed with Tamora. He doesn’t see what she and Aaron are doing. He isn’t concerned with finding justice, and Titus is forced to take matters into his own hands (sound familiar?).
A prime example is the Tom Robinson case, which was a blatant display of racism. Jem and Scout saw their “father take the gun and walk out into the middle of the street,” he then killed Tim, and the threat of his rabies was gone (127). The rabies were like racism. Racism, at the time, was something that ruined Maycomb and changed it. The people were less open and more stuck on this one idea of race, while everyone outside of Maycomb were fine.