Her father wanted a male heir so he sought out to divorced Cathrine when Mary was eleven because he was afraid that if he had no male heir and he let Mary become Queen a civil war would start. In order to obtain the divorce King Henry created his own religion: The Church of England. The divorce cause Mary to resent the Church of England and didn’t accept the fact that her parents divorced. After the divorce King Henry VIII married Anne and Mary was declared illegitimate and was to no longer be called "princess",
Throughout King Macbeth’s impassioned soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, his insecurity and inferiority complex is highlighted as he strives to rationalize his position as king and murderer. At the beginning of his soliloquy, Macbeth declares that “to be thus is nothing” despite having committed heinous crimes to become this “nothing”. The parallel structure used in “to be thus” and “to be safely thus” juxtaposes what he has and what he lacks as king, indicating his feeling of inferiority in and his lack of worth of his stolen crown (48). By committing horrible sins to achieve the crown, he had soiled the title of it and demoted it into “nothing”. King Macbeth also reveals that he believes the Sisters placed “upon [his] head...a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in [his grip]”, exhibiting how he will not be able to leave behind a legacy as king and how Banquo’s sons will take over his already unstable rank.
When he is leader, he shows his inner king and disposes of anyone he finds that is not important. As he progresses living on the island, his blood lust becomes way out of hand which makes the other boys grow to have the same blood lust and becomes so huge that it becomes a problem since they start to go way too far with it. His actions become questionable later on in the novel as it can be compared to a barbarian or a beast other than a british boy. What William Golding is trying to tell us with the character Jack is that in society, there are always going to be people going against the rules and destroying society, making it
Gilgamesh appears to be impulsive throughout “The Epic of Gilgamesh”. In the beginning pages of the story, he is a ruthless tyrant because “his human form [is] unable to contain the restless vigour of divinity” (38). A person who is restless can oftentimes make impulsive decisions and do impulsive things. Examples of this behavior surface through his actions as a tyrant. As king, Gilgamesh is quick to stop weddings, and take the bride as his own.
What moves your world? Corruption moved Europe in the Middle Age. “The Pardoner’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer demonstrates the corruption of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages in an effort to illustrate the irony of paying to get saved which portrays their religious culture during this time. During the Middle Ages after the black death people feared God was mad at them. Those who did not acknowledge the pope as God’s representative and the Roman Catholic Church as the only true church was doomed.
The Condemnation of a Greedy Appetite “The Devil and Tom Walker,” written by Washington Irving, is a satirical account of the perils of greed and its effects on Tom Walker in the course of his life. This story is full of characters grotesquely pledged to little more than pursuing their insatiable greed, particularly though Tom Walker and his wife. It is especially through these characters that Irving depicts the moral harms of greed, which corrupt and harm the lives of the greedy
A common theme in Macbeth is that power and corruption come hand in hand. Frequently, people with power lie and go against the better welfare of their people. Tragic hero, Macbeth, and political mastermind, Joseph Stalin, end up corrupted by trying to control and obtain power. They both wanted power and superiority so they did everything they could to get higher and higher on the totem pole. The tragedy play Macbeth by William Shakespeare tells the story of a hero’s journey to kingship.
Lady Macbeth’s constant questioning of his manhood early on lead to an even greater amount of pressure on Macbeth to gain power through any means necessary. As stated by 19th century English writer Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Macbeth starts as a man who has been praised for murder he committed on the battlefield and soon becomes the very enemy he originally fought against by rebelling against higher power.With his inherited power Macbeth gains the access to do whatever he wants with those who oppose him. When he is confronted with the apparition that Macduff must be bewared he states, “The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.” (4.I.167-168) Macbeth’s anxiety about his power somehow being in jeopardy, even though the witches reveal no one can harm him, leads to him murdering Macduff’s family. Macbeth has an idea in his head that he must follow his first impulse so he can retain his power. Macbeth is a classic dicator, a power hungry individual who will do anything to maintain his power.
Power razes all of its enemies to the ground, and its enemies are ignorant of its presence.Power negatively affects others by turning someone with power on their allies, making the owner paranoid, and diminishing common sense.In Antigone, King Creon turned on his own niece in order to preserve his self-serving law. Power turns the holder onto their allies. Creon created fear in the hearts of his own sentries who selflessly worked hours keeping him safe. After gambling for the right to deliver the news, a lone sentry brazenly travels to tell Creon the news and after being berated says, “you have seen the last of me here…” and briskly walks off (scene I lines 160-163). Creon has disrupted the feeling of trust by misplacing fear in the hearts of the sentry because he wanted his edict to be all-powerful.
Danforth is never pleased when he is questioned. This is most likely due to the fact that Danforth is part of “the highest court of the supreme government of this province” (79). Danforth proves himself to be a judge that lets his arrogance and ego affect ruling decisions for the worse. Danforth’s superstition and arrogance is a substantial factor in determining lives and moving the plot forward. Danforth’s actions pursue Abigail to continue to accuse her fellow colonists for participating in the act of witchcraft.
By 1170, the Pope was considering excommunicating all of Britain. Only Henry 's agreement that Becket could return to England without penalty prevented this fate." (“The Pope and the Archbishop”) Unfortunately, the same argument came up soon after he returned. “One day while Henry was sojourning in France, he cried out in a moment of passion, while surrounded by a group of knights, "Is there no one who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" Four knights who heard him understood from this angry speech that he desired the death of Becket, and they went to England to murder the Archbishop.” (“Thomas Becket”) Thomas Becket’s murder was brutal and touching.
Because of this, Puritans were saying that James was a corrupt, lazy, coward to try to discredit him as a ruler. But, James was actually for the Puritans, so when the people learned of this, Catholics got very upset. This led to the Gunpowder Plot which was a plot to destroy Parliament at an event that included James and a few people from noble factions in one foul swoop. Their plan was foiled before the meeting between James I and Parliament, and the people responsible were punished. After this plot, many people were left wondering if the country would have been better of if James I and Parliament and gone up in flames.