Leonce is the perfect husband, successful and wealthy, and he gives Edna all that she could ask for. After he sends Edna a gift, “the ladies, selecting with dainty and discriminating fingers and a little greedily, all declared that Mr. Pontellier was the best husband in the world” (Chopin 10). Although outwardly he is caring, Leonce has no knowledge of Edna’s inner struggle or her dissatisfaction. Edna does not love Leonce. She admits, “Her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an accident, in this respect resembling many other marriages which masquerade as the decrees of Fate…closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreams” (Chopin 18).
While Tom and Daisy at least try to appear happy and loving, Myrtle and George are hardly identifiable as married. Myrtle has lost complete interest in George and any life that she has with him, and runs off with Tom to live the extravagant life that she’s always wanted. Even before George and Myrtle were married, Myrtle’s understanding was that George was wealthy and powerful. Upon finding out that he didn’t have everything that she dreamed of, she stopped being in love with the idea of being with George, leading to an affair with Tom years later. “She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost and shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.” We can see the disinterest she has for George by comparing her attraction towards Tom.
Extending upon Safie’s fathers lie, “He loathed the idea that his daughter should be united with a christian” (127). This characterizes Safie’s father as shrewd man who is only looking out for his own back. “Safie was always gay and happy” (121)… “Animated smiles of the charming Arabian” (123). Safie was always a happy and generous woman, but due to the commotion her father caused… ruined the reputation of the De Lacey family. She chose to run away from her father after all the havoc he caused escaping from prison, in search for Felix after she learnt his filthy intentions.
Tension rises between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor because Elizabeth had suspicions of Abigail and kicked her out of her house. Abigail Williams hates Goody Proctor because she believes that Elizabeth Proctor is a gossiping backstabbing liar and she wants John Proctor for herself. One way Abby seeks revenge from Elizabeth is by drinking a charm made by Tituba to kill her. Another way Abby seeks revenge is by falsely accusing Elizabeth of killing Ann Putnam 's babies. When Betty shouts that Abby drank a charm to kill Good Proctor, Abby states to Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren, and Betty Parris, ¨Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will
Selfishness is portrayed as self-righteousness, pridefulness, greediness, indifference to faith, vanity, attention seeking, idolatry, and holding grudges. All of these build a picture of how broken humanity is. These descriptions also emphasize that idea that heaven and hell are different from each person. For example, the mother in chapter 11 lost her son prior to her own death. Her desperation and all-consuming love for him became a source of idolatry in her life, and thus, an unholy endeavor in her life.
Judy loses her looks and falls into a bad marriage with a cheating alcoholic and her transformation into a homely housewife ultimately shatters Dexter’s illusions and ideal about a romantic life of the upper class. This is proven when the narrator says, “The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him. In a sort of panic he pushed the palms of his hands into his eyes and tried to bring up a picture of [……..…] her mouth damp to his kisses and her eyes plaintive with melancholy and her freshness like new fine linen in the morning. Why, these things were no longer in the world!
In the end, Abigail and John are both hanged and Elizabeth is jailed because she is pregnant and cannot be hanged. The emotion of envy led to throwing accusations at one another. These accusations and the envy of the relationship caused not only the death of the relationship but also one another. Greed is another character trait that does not work in relationships. Greed, as defined by The Webster Dictionary, is the intense, selfish desire for
He has fame, fortune, and could essentially marry any girl in the town, yet he is still unsatisfied. Gaston wants to marry Belle because she is the most beautiful girl in town, and in the opening number he says,“Here in town there’s only she, who’s as beautiful as me…” Because of this Gaston becomes the major antagonist. In the text of tao te ching it says, “When wealth, and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.” Taoism teaches contentment with what you have, but Gaston continues to desire Belle, and even tries to force her into marriage. After Belle rejects his proposal, he desires her even more. When Belle returns to the town and tells him of the friend she found in Beast, he becomes jealous and his desire is to kill Beast.
Charlotte In Esquivel’s romantic novel and Aura's film, Like Water For Chocolate, they express how people impulsively listen to their hearts instead of taking the rational option. Tita, the youngest of three sisters, is not allowed to married because tradition says that she must take care of her mother until she dies. She falls into a wistful love with Don Pedro, who then marries her sister Rosaura. Tita and Pedro remain in love, but she also falls into a safe and comforting love with Dr. Brown. In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita chooses a fiery love over a nurturing one, which is the author’s way of expressing human nature to choose heart over head, even if it leads to one’s own destruction.
Second, Lady Macbeth’s insanity shows when she sleepwalks. While sleepwalking, Lady Macbeth repeats words she said to Macbeth on the night Kind Duncan was killed, “Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.” (Cowther 5: 1: 26-28). Lady Macbeth’s lust for power was evident as she pushed Macbeth to kill Duncan because she wanted to be queen, but after the deed is done, it is apparent that it has messed with her mind.
England conversely placed the principle amount of blame on women compared to men. Higher church officials held a negative view towards concubines, as one stated that " I speak to you, o charmers of the clergy, appetizing flesh of the devil, that castaway from paradise, you, poison of the minds, death of souls, venom of wind and of eating, companions of the very stuff of sin, the cause of our ruin." In this account, women were equated with being spawns of the devil sent to soil the souls of priests. In England, however, this viewpoint distorts even further to women in general. It was thought that " The polluting, sexual presence of women 'defiled the lips and hands ' of priests and, therefore, the sacraments."