The theme of responsibility is first encountered in the first part of Act One, where Arthur Birling criticises socialist ‘cranks’ and expresses his own philosophy: ‘a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own.’ To ensure that the audience disagrees with this view, he depicts how Arthur Birling is wrong about many things, such as Britain’s ‘steadily increasing prosperity’ in 1912, the ‘impossibility’ of war or how the Titanic is ‘absolutely unsinkable’ - therefore making the audience believe that his capitalist “every man for himself” idea is also wrong. As a socialist, someone who believes in mutual social responsibility, Priestley tries to present a more compelling argument by showing both sides. He accurately
Evidently, Shakespeare argues that it is important to make decisions based on logical reasoning rather than let ourselves be influenced by strong emotions because it will allow us to truly understand the consequences, protect our loved ones, and maintain autonomy over our own lives. Making decisions when we are in a sound state of mind forces us to consider all the potential consequences of our actions. For example, when Romeo finds out that he has been banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, he is very distraught. “In what vile part of this anatomy / Doth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sack / The hateful mansion.
Brutus’ emotional wound ultimately deals with his internal conflict of the decision to kill Caesar in order to better Rome. In addition, he deals with such difficulty over the decision because his reason to kill Caesar does not come out of hatred or jealousy, but due to his fear of life under Caesar’s rule. In Act I, scene ii, lines 39-40, Brutus says, “Merely upon myself. Vexéd I am / Of late passions of some difference” (Shakespeare 848). This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him.
He goes to England, the best place to assemble help to oppose Macbeth. Joined there by Macduff, he is not all that silly as to trust the recent quickly, yet rather tests his character by discussing a nonexistent reiteration of sins . He understands, as Macduff has not, the risk Macduff's family has been set in by his sudden flight, and when the news of their homicide arrives, first gives the practial guidance to Macduff to express his emotions, and afterward turns his sadness toward annoyance and vengeance. At last, toward the end of the play, we see him in a comparable circumstance with old Sewell, whose child has passed on, and for the most part masterminding matters, bringing the brutality of the Macbeth period to a nearby with his own particular enthronement. From this we could see that Malcolm will be a great
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand will do anything to pursue
He says it, despite the miners’ strike he claims happened recently, which goes against the ‘prosperity’ that he is promising his family. Yet, the audience knows that the time will show that it only will continue going downwards from that point. This shows how even though the time keeps moving, we need to look back at the happenings of the past. It is also another example of the dramatic irony. The audience finds the things Arthur Birling says ironic with how inaccurate they are and almost controversial because the events, for example, the war and the Wall Street Crash, have caused catastrophes and were likely to affect the audience.
He condemns Romeo’s love as “feckless. Even though Friar Lawrence agrees to the marriage in the end, he seems to know that things will go wrong. The advice he gives to Romeo just before he gets married is particularly relevant, “these violent delights have violent ends.” (Rom.2.6.9) this serves as a reminder of what the prologue says about how the “star-crossed lovers” are doomed. Friar is also worried that Romeo is so wrapped up in his feelings that he will let things get completely out of control, so he warns him to keep control of his
The earliest of his internal conflicts is when his mother married his uncle, Claudius, in such a short window of time after his father’s death. He expresses his feeling in his “heart, for I must hold my tongue” (1.2.160). This is an important quote because it is important to understand because it allows to the reader to see that Hamlet cannot speak to anyone about how he feels. As an effect to his decision of not speaking out, this allowed for rage and discomfort to grow inside him which will be one of the main reasons as to why he is legitimately going insane. With these various stressors in his life, it gives more evidence and reasoning to why he often experienced constant signs of depression and suicidal thoughts.
Macbeth attempts to immorally control his own fate by ignoring his conscience to pursue his ambition. Before Macbeth murders King Duncan, he contemplates if he should commit the evil deed that will come with consequences. He stresses, Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague th ' inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice To our own lips. He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself (1.7 9-17). Macbeth establishes his relationship with the
Things rank and gross in nature” (Shakespeare I.ii). In Hamlet’s most famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy , Hamlets reveals that he is contemplated suicide. However he is stopped not only by the thought of revenge but because of the fixed law that one cannot commit suicide to enter the gates of heaven. He wishes God had not created the law against suicide just so that he could end his life and still go to heaven. Here, Shakespeare not only uses God but also the laws created by Him to represent Hamlet’s supergo in the sense that it represents Hamlet’s conscience telling him that while suicide may seem like the best option