Using his charm, good looks, and manners, Mr. George Wickham is able to deceive multiple characters throughout Pride and Prejudice in order to gain favor and sympathy. Initially, Mr. Wickham is introduced as an upstanding, friendly character who would be the perfect spouse for Elizabeth Bennett. He then evolves into a man in search of pity and wealth. George manages to turn blame and hatred onto others instead of owning up his own actions. Money and revenge are his motives, and he does not care who he has to hurt or mislead to obtain his goal.
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
She is an insider looking out. Newland has an inner struggle throughout the film to maintain his posterior, yet he can’t help but give in to his desires sometimes. He makes a lot of morally questionable choices that at times, would benefit no one - including himself. He too, becomes slave to the toxicity of society, and ends up losing his love and living an empty lie. He was a man who loved one woman and married another, because it was “the right thing to do”.
From the very beginning of the story, he immerses himself into the morally ambiguous culture of Eastern high society, cloaking himself in deceit. He tells no one of his moneyed past and chooses instead to earn his money. He upholds this illusion through maintaining his silence. This is not the only illusion he upholds in this manner; Nick’s omissions and alterations preserve Gatsby’s grandeur as a man and a memory. Over the course of the book, Nick begins as a perfect observer of a deceitful society yet is drawn deeper into it as the book progresses.
Hedonism caused Fantine to spiral into the lower depths of the social ladder, and made her seen as undesirable. However, Utilitarianism made Jean Valjean an honest man, and drove him to pass on that good will to the others around him. Despite their similarities, from their treatment from the society around them to the symbols of their pasts that they held onto, Fantine and Jean Valjean had very different outcomes due to these philosophies. It shows how Victor Hugo focuses on characterization, and how different upbringings
While Anthony in The Beautiful and Damned is illustrates reaching pleasure as the lifestyle and it becomes a habit. To get what they want, he will do anything and they do not want to feel the hurt. They think the important things in their life are pleasure and happiness. Pleasure for Anthony is when he lives freely without hard work, spends a lot of money for drunk, goes to the party and also makes up his wife more beautiful using luxuries treatment. The important thing for him is could get his grandfather’s heritages.
We see Shimamura sympathizing for Komako in several instances in the flashback in the first part, one when he calls for another geisha, where he knows “he was only parading his masculine shamelessness,” (21), and that “he had deceived her too easily.” (23). These lines show how Shimamura is, subconsciously through his relationship with Komako, undergoing a self-realization where he is slowly exposing himself. He is showing a vulnerable side of himself that can only be brought out by Komako. This is because Shimamura knows that, deep inside, he doesn’t only have a desire for Komako, but also a desire to be able to love her. This idea is carried forward in the scene where Komako appears at Shimamura’s room in a drunken state.
This is notably seen in John Proctor as he denotes himself to be of much lesser value due to his confession, and affair with Abigail. “I have made a bell of my honour! I have rung the doom of my good name…“ As a result, Proctor who was identified to be an honest, upright and stern man at the beginning of the play feels as though his personal identity developed within the community has been desecrated. In essence, it is the values and morals of Proctor which essentially shape his personal identity, and right to belong within the community. In light of the morals and values of characters evidently shaping the personal identity of characters, this can also be blatantly seen when Francis Nurse, an influential man in Salem, who is well respected in Salem due to his nature of being able to called upon when needed, risks his social standing in an attempt to fulfil his role as a good husband.
Like his father, he is limited in his point of view, since he quotes Simonides as his father had quoted Pindar. However, his definition and path of argument change as soon as he stops answering to Socrates’s questions. He is wise, friendly and good in making affairs. He represents the modern school of morality where the definition of justice is related to the concept of friendship. He resembles the businessman, who has good skills in contracts and aim to establish tight friendship using their wide arena of thought, but at the same time he’s stuck to some traditional beliefs and values, yet he is open to arguments and criticism.