Disguised Malevolence By: Ethan Haberfield Washington Square is a short novel written by Henry James. It was first published in 1880 and set in New York City during the same time period. In this novel he poses the question: Do people do good things for bad reasons? Everyone has ideals. Everyone is willing to sometimes manipulate a situation in an effort to benefit themselves. Frequently, people conceal their true desires and disguise it as beneficiary to the other party. Is there such thing as an unselfish good dead? As single minded focus often tends to blind ethical reason, Henry James presents the idea that while malevolence may be apparent to third parties: he shows that people who are directly associated with the circumstances …show more content…
Penniman’s matronly feelings of affection for Catherine are sincere though her idealistic romantic fantasies cloud her better judgement. Mrs. Penniman claims that her brother, Dr. Sloper, could very possibly change his mind regarding Morris and Catherine’s relationship. She also states “He cares for nothing but facts; he must be met by facts!” (89) Once Dr. Sloper believes that Morris is not a mercenary, he will go along with the relationship and reinstate his wealth to Catherine. Mrs. Penniman decides it best that Morris and Catherine get marries at once without the consent of her brother. She also tells a story where her late husband, a minister, married a young couple who did not have the girls fathers approval. After they had eloped he “reconciled, and thought everything of the young man.” (89) “‘If you marry Catherine at all risks,’ she said, ‘you will give my brother a proof of your being what he pretends to doubt.’. . . ‘Austin Married a wife with money - why shouldn't you?’. . . ‘you must not be afraid. Be afraid of nothing, and everything will go well!’” (90,92) Lavinia is directly betraying her beloved family as she is overcome with her desire for the plot of Morris and Catherine’s relationship to thicken. In no way is she concerned with the realistic outcome of her plan, every responsible thought she has is swayed by her need for her romantic fantasies to be played out on Morris and Catherine. To attain these fantasies she must disguise her malevolence by …show more content…
Dr. Sloper views Morris as a self-absorbed mercenary. Catherine sees him as a miraculous statue but with more beautiful eyes. Ms. Penniman is swayed by his charm and expresses her feelings toward him through her niece. He has a great skill for manipulating woman and he is well aware. The question remains which opinion is true? And does Morris himself even know the answer? He doesn’t think of himself as a villainous or unmoral person. He simply believes that he is a person who deserves a luxurious lifestyle. Marrying into wealth as a means of attaining that would be acceptable to him, especially if he wouldn’t have to work. He may be fond of Catherine but love is not what he wants from her. Morris is not a mercenary but in order to live the life he desires, money is a requirement. “Morris walked along a moment, and then he repeated harshly, ‘I must give her up!’”. . . ‘I certainly say it distinctly enough--brutally and vulgarly enough.’ He was ashamed of himself, and his shame was uncomfortable; and as he was extremely intolerant of discomfort, he felt vicious and cruel. He wanted to abuse somebody, and he began, cautiously - for he was always cautious - with himself.” Morris now understands that he is never going to persuade Dr. Sloper into giving
Rev. Parris was concerned more for his own status in the town than even the strength of his little girl in Act I. WhileBetty lay oblivious in bed, Parris ponders "a group that is vowed to drive *him+ from *his+ lectern (Mill operator 10). He
Parris had recently discovered that his daughter is “sick” and unresponsive. The sudden illness was worrying for him, but not for a reason that necessarily showed his interest in the health of his daughter. With the hysteria surrounding witchcraft during the time period, it was natural for people to assume witchcraft as the cause. Parris only cared for the health of his daughter as if she did not get better, the accusation of witchcraft in his household would be strengthened which would ruin his name due to witchcraft charges bearing a sinister social weight when
Parris’ fickle persona throughout Miller’s play, which reflects his interest in self-security, contrasts his desire for safety with his requirement to be reasonable through his reversal of his word. Originally, Miller crafts Parris’ character in opposition of the Witch Trials because Parris does not want to be associated with such a sin. However, when the Witch Hunt becomes a mark of fame, Parris
The grotesque psychopathic nature of the characters in Flannery O’Connor’s, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” ironically shows how a good man does not truly exist through the revelation and proclamation of what characteristics a good man possess. In the story The Misfit shows characteristics of a psychopath by escaping prison and killing an innocent family. However, The Misfit isn’t the only character in the short story to show psychopathic tendencies. The grandma also shows some characteristics of a psychopath because she does not care or show remorse for her family who was brutally murdered
I have often wondered if the Devil be in it somewhere; I cannot understand you people otherwise.” (Miller, 30) His dislike influenced other people of the village to question Parris’s authority such as Giles Corey. His death had the most influential impact on the village because when he passed away, Parris and the trials are overthrown which may signify his impact on the society. This frees the next generations of the corrupt minister and the unjust
200) These interactions clearly demonstrate that Parris is both rather paranoid and ready to place blame on anything other than himself. Parris’ despicableness shows the behavior of the town through his steps of dishonesty, and diffusion of counterfactual evidence. In Conclusion, Parris becomes more despicable and paranoid as the play wares on. He has been instrumental in these witch trials by spreading gossip and accusing innocent people for his own benefit.
Parris is a very self-centered man and is very embedded in his place in the community. He is a preacher for the church of Salem and his niece and daughter have been “bewitched” or so he thinks. Parris believes what he does is just and that no one should oppose him. This is also why he refuses to let news about his niece and daughter get out, he doesn’t want people to overthrow his position. Parris is a static character due to his nature of unchanging personality wise throughout the crucible, he is always self-centered.
So, in the end we see how Philip Marlow is a detailed person, kind of self-coincided, witty, loyal honest, and very intelligent and willing to take risk to find the answers to his cases. But we also see his four ethics he lives by. They are staying dedicated to the General and loyal to his job along with not being money hungry and not getting side tracked with other people. That then leads us to show that Marlowe has more of a life in his work than in his relationship life.
Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam makes many valid points about women’s identities in marriage. Mariam’s choices throughout the play reflect her understanding of the fact that in the world she lives there is no space for a chaste, honest, independent woman. The standards that a woman of the time are impossible and Mariam’s attempts to grapple with them are doomed to fail. After experiencing the freedom of self expression afforded to her after she believes her husband has died she is unwilling to re-enter the position of a subordinate.
The idea that marriage is treated as a business is expressly shown by multiple characters. The most recognizable example is Lady Bracknell after she learns that Jack proposed to her daughter, Gwendolen. “Lady Bracknell: I feel bound to tell you that you are not down on my list of eligible young men,
The great controversy caused by Mrs. Ansley’s affair with Mr. Slade renders Mrs. Slade into a state of shock and disbelief. She only suspected her quiet, submissive, kindhearted friend to have feelings for her husband, yet never expected her to be disloyal. Mrs. Slade’s jealousy led her to set a trap that she herself would be caught in. Her fake letter to Mrs. Ansley in the name of Mr. Slade initiated the whole issue, which led to the dreadful
Did you ever see her? A smart, stilish girl they say, but not handsome. I remember her aunt very well…she married a very wealthy man” (Austen 184). Willoughby despite loving Marianne marries Miss Gray for her money because of his financial state. Instead of love, money becomes a determiner for the choice of marriage, making it a commodity rather than a