The characters in the play Othello by William Shakespeare and the short story “The Storm” by Kate Chopin, refuse to take blame for their unfaithful actions by blaming external forces. Although, the main characters, Othello and Calixta, are fairly powerful characters, they seek comfort in knowing their actions were determined for them. In the short story “The Storm” the main characters Calixta and Alcee try to make their adultery seem amoral by accusing the inevitably of their fate. Their sexual intercourse happens due to the violent storm that keeps Calixta’s husband and son captive in a small market.
In the short story “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, satire is incorporated in a perfect way. This story is about Tom Walker, who makes a pact with the devil, and ends up lending money at high interest rates. When Tom Walker thinks he is smarter than his customers and does not give more time to one of his customers to pay him back, Tom’s life ends in an instant. Through the use of satire Irving criticizes the institution of marriage and the folly of human nature. Irving criticizes the institution of marriage in many ways throughout the story.
For example, Tom and Daisy Buchanan both cheated on each other for what was known as temporary love. Even though at the time they seemed happy in their own affairs, they became miserable when they stayed together for social acceptance, under marriage at the end of the book. Furthermore "(Tom) had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security”. As a woman during this time
In Stagecoach, the prostitute and outlaw Dallas and Ringo defy society’s definition of what it means to be a “bad guy” versus a “good guy.” Each is a victim of circumstance having lost their families to murderers. Through their actions both together and apart, they prove to be good people. This illustrates that society judges people by their jobs, not by their characters. This shows that the movie makers think civilization is bad.
301617- A Streetcar Named Desire Lying as well as deception is a common theme in A Streetcar Named Desire for the characters. There is Blanche, whom, because of her deception and lying which has played a bigger role on the other characters than she goes and realizes. Blanche stated in scene two of A Streetcar
Everything they do is for monetary gain. They attempt many different schemes in many different towns, they are usually unsuccessful but succeed in making a little money before escaping by the slightest of margins every time. They have no moral boundaries in their schemes, as they attempted to steal a large sum of money from the grieving Wilks sisters calling themselves the family’s english brothers who have not been seen for some time. They also abuse Huck and Jim by threatening to turn Jim in, therefore forcing the pair to help them. Their actions make Huck feel terrible because Huck has a strong conscience towards doing what is morally wrong.
In Act 3 Scene 2 Giles accuses Putnam of lying to get Jacob's land. His jealousy led him to lie just as it did Abigail. Like temptation, if people in the town of Salem had more ways to deal with their emotions than pushing them down they would experience far less situations such as the one that occurred in The Crucible. The main emotions in The Crucible that caused trouble were jealousy and temptation. The main problem with these emotions was not that the characters had them but that they were constantly suppressed
This along with the fact that Tom tried to steal Myrtle from George shows the massive abuse of power by people who are of a high rank within society and are living their American Dream. In “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska asks for wages and is responded with “four eyes turned into hard stone” and felt as if “murderers would have robbed me and killed me it wouldn’t have hurt so much”. The uses metaphor and hyperbole to highlight how severe the injustice towards her was at the hands of people who have reached their American Dream. She is also abused in her next
The novel begins when Holden is expelled from the prestigious Pencey Prep High School, and then, without telling his parents, he roams the streets of New York, confronting the adult world while searching for a friend. This search for friendship leads Holden to see the dark side of humanity and reveals his own hypocrisy. His struggles, however insignificant, are decidedly human and his opinions fluid and flawed. Holden's desperate tone makes him an unreliable yet powerful narrator as he lies to himself and others in order to decrease his loneliness, showing the dark side of humanity. Holden’s desperation leads him to make a fool of himself as he attempts to relieve his loneliness.
Many people are willing to go to the extent of lying about themselves to a man or a woman to impress them. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates contrasts and similarities between Gatsby and George Wilson. They are not the type of person their partner wants to marry, Gatsby made as much money as anyone could ever want but he still lacked the class that Daisy expected and required. No matter if matter if you’re wealthy or poor, if you become someone you are not others will always find out who you really are.
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Tom and Myrtle’s relationship to show how the poor are willing to do anything for money and status, and those of status flaunt their power shamelessly. In the story, Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, the wife of Wilson. “ It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s Catholic, and they don’t believe in divorce. Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.”
Society vs. the Individual Although society may bear many constraints on a human being, ultimately he or she is free to make his or her own choices. This is very evident in Scott Fitzgerald 's "The Great Gatsby" Jay Gatsby believes that society limits him when he falls in love with a rich woman and is unable to marry her because of his financial situation. He decides to spend his entire life in illegal activities in an attempt to get rich and rise in social stature. However, in the end, he is rejected by the woman and is consequently killed.
Shakespeare uses the concept of mistake identities in each of these plays to show that although you make look one way on the outside, it is impossible to hide your true identity from the world. Twelfth Night shows this in Viola dressing up as Ceasario and the eventual confusion it causes when her twin brother comes into the picture. The audience is also gifted to a confusing set of mistaken identities in The Comedy of Errors as each of the Antipholuses and Dromios are mistaken for each other. In both plays the error of mistaking a character for another leads to conflict but in the end in leads to love. Viola ends up with Orsino, Sebastian with Olivia, and Antipholus of Syracuse with Luciana, Adriana’s sister.