After his accusations, Oedipus mocked Teiresias for his blindness, and told him to leave the palace as Oedipus had grown tired of him. Oedipus’s imperfect nature stopped him from learning the truth from Teiresias before it was too late, and lead to great loss at the end of the play. Throughout the story of Oedipus the King, the imperfectly noble nature of Oedipus is displayed for all to learn from. His temperamental and overzealous nature made him argumentative and combative when Teiresias tried to tell him the truth about the murder, causing Oedipus to accuse his good friend Creon of being a usurper. The consequence of Oedipus’s imperfect noble nature was his eventual blindness and exile from the place he loved and cared for the
(We later discover that this tension is because of his affair with Abigail while Elizabeth was sick at home. We also find out that this is the sole reason of Abigail getting fired by Elizabeth.) Additionally, we can see that John makes many efforts to please Elizabeth with his kindness. For example, as the act starts, he grabs some food from the fireplace and takes a sip. He immediately adds salt to it, but as she turns around, tells her it’s “wonderfully seasoned”.
The household will clothe, feed, and room the guest, while the guest in return shows respect and gratefulness. Penelope continues to practice xenia, even though the suitors “bled [Odysseus’] house to death” by eating, drinking, and stealing, “ravished the serving women [and] wooed [her without consent]” (Homer 22.37-38). Even after an instance when the suitors “broke into uproar… / [and prayed] to lie besides her [and] share her bed]” (1.420-21) when she cried about Odysseus’ absence, Penelope stilled practiced xenia. When Odysseus returns, he
The Inspector’s dismissal of Birling’s relationship with the Chief Inspector “I don’t play golf” shows his refusal to be intimidated by status, hence encouraging the audience to weaken the influence of social hierarchy. Moreover, the Inspector’s presentation as omniscient, via the use of dramatic irony and foreshadowing, makes Birling seem short-sighted. Birling’s belief that the Titanic was “absolutely unsinkable”, when the audience knows better, depicts the blindness of the upper class, their idealism and lack of awareness for what is going on, which leads to them acting in a sense of authority they don’t deserve. The inspector’s entrance and disruption of Birling’s speech about social responsibility to Eric and Gerald is significant as it reveals Birling’s hypocrisy as he refuses to accept his inherent social responsibility. This leads the audience to trust the Inspector’s perspective, as a communicator of positive, socialist change.
In contrast to this, in Antigone, Creon is a tyrant-like leader who lacked empathy and care for others. This can be seen as he forbid the burial of Polynices, which defied Greek custom. This act results in the death of Antigone, his son Haemon and his wife Eurydice (“Play Summary Antigone”). Contrary to Oedipus, Creon’s Hubris lead to a series of conscious actions that negatively affect the characters in the story. In the end, Creon can be seen to have learnt his lesson as the chorus states: “Of happiness the crown And chiefest part Is wisdom, and to hold The gods in awe.
By courting two men simultaneously, she sets herself up for even more ridicule from her friends. At one point, after a dinner at the Richman’s house, Mr. Selby writes a letter to Mr. Boyer discussing Eliza. He states, “I am anxious, lest you should be made dupe of a coquette, and your peace of mind fall a sacrifice to an artful debauchee.” (Foster 147) In this passage, Eliza is being scorned for having dinner with Major
She didn’t like the fact that he was just showing off her body to those men, it was not a suitable thing for a queen to do. Vashti refused to come and to be shown off like some common concubine. She behaved with haughty dignity when she refused the king 's command, but unfortunately her answer was given in front of the officers of the empire, and she paid the price for humiliating the king. Xerxes, still half-drunk, acted hastily. On the advice of his councilors, he made the situation worse by making it publically known that Vashti was to be banished.
Arrogance is that of an exaggeration of one’s own abilities or conceited. He believes he is well by ignoring the symptoms and spinning them in a manner to prove they have improved his state of mind. The tone is excitable due to his mental illness and the structure of the work and suspenseful because he leaves you hanging on every line. What will he do/say next? Poe offers a look into a sick man’s mind.
He also doesn’t accept that (“She liked what’er/ She looked on, and her looks went everywhere”: 23, 24). In the next line (“Sir, ‘twas all one!”: 25) we can see why the Duke really was that furious. She made no difference between the people, she was nice to everyone and that didn’t comply with the Dukes
Although this could be argued as a subtle compliment, although throughout the play this slowly progresses. This reaches a climax when he comes home intoxicated which shows that he expressed his true feelings towards Catherine, “He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.” From the stage directions we can see that Catherine strives to be free which can be argued that she is fighting due to unwanted admiration. This scene was extremely uncomfortable for the audience to view due to realization of Eddie being her uncle. Despite many warnings from Beatrice and Alfieri, Eddie’s blindness is shown as he ignores their concerns. This was considered as a huge turning point in the play, as the action moves towards catastrophe, as his relationship with Catherine plunges from happiness to misery and culminates in his unnecessary