Document 1 states, “For all men in general this observation may be made: they are ungrateful, fickle, and deceitful, eager to avoid dangers, and avid for gain, and while you are useful to them they are all with you, but when it [danger] approaches they turn on you”. This statement describes how corrupt and cruel men are, and how these terrible actions are also greatly reflected upon royalty. During the 15th century, royalty believed they were all that mattered which when mixed in with Machiavelli caused a lot of controversy with the people during the Enlightenment. An example of this would be King James I in Document 2 who describes all the good things about the monarchy and how it is the best thing in the world. He calls the monarchy the, “supremest thing on earth,” trying to convince people of how great this form of government
According to the Oxford English Dictionary a phony is someone who is not real or fake. In the novel The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger, Holden the protagonist has mental standards genuine people and if they are not met he goes as far as to label them phonies. Holden continuously labels individuals as phony, but he himself I guilty of phoniness creating a theme of hypocrisy. An instant of when his hypocrisy is seen is when he calls Mr. has phony, for using people to his advantage. Another example is when Holden calls his brother D.B a phony for wasting money.
Several instances in Tom Walker’s life suggest that became a corrupt and immoral human because of his overbearing trait of greed. Irving uses these instances and Tom’s life on the whole to caution readers of the results of greed. By making Walker’s personality rotten and full of greedy intentions, Walker’s life can be viewed as shameful and unappealing. This perspective makes an impression on readers and enhances Irving’s message explained in the last paragraph of the story. Using Tom Walker’s life as an example of what life choices not to make, Irving warns reader to steer away from their personal greed in order to remain good people.
Although ambition can be constructive, it is adversely destructive when it is selfish. Selfish ambition is a criminal trait, a trait possessed by the Liars who were inadvertently perpetrators of their crime. Gat’s selfish ambition is encapsulated by Cadence’s description of him, labelling him as ‘ambition and strong coffee’. Due to being the ‘mouse’ in the Sinclair ‘castle’, Gat’s craving for acceptance from the Sinclairs caused him to blindly perpetrate his death and the Liars’. Equally, Cadence does not fall short of this trait.
The hero is one of the quintessential literary archetypes, found in nearly every work from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. Sometimes they are a paragon of human virtue, a shining and unattainable ideal. Sometimes they are broken and bitter. The latter's journeys assure us that even the most flawed person can better themselves, yet the standards we hold heroism to indicate society’s bias in our view of the ideal person. The classical traits of a hero are honesty and courage, and so a bias towards independence over obedience can be seen.
When Othello questions Iago of his evil motives, he replies, “Demand me nothing; what you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak word.”(5.2.300-301). Iago’s insecurities towards himself cause him to transform into a man who is absolutely afraid to show his true identity. A man is good till his reputation but when you allow your insecurities to overpower you that is when everything is bad
Irony is the contrast between how things are and how things should be. This literary technique is used in The Pardoner's Tale to show how corrupt the Pardoner is. The Pardoner tells a story with the intention of teaching the company that greed is the root of all evil, yet he tries to swindle them and get contributions even after he admits they are fake. This is ironic because he should be practicing what he preaches, but he does the exact opposite. The irony surrounding the Pardoner becomes evident when his motives are explained in the beginning of the prologue.
Mr. Utterson 's surprise at this comment reflects this idea of the time: a well-groomed man must be in good moral standing; therefore, this unashamed selfishness is surprising. In Julia Wedgewood 's review, she draws attention to Stevenson 's representation of "the individualizing influence of modern democracy in its more concentrated form" (qtd. in Stevenson 137). While Mr. Hyde performs the crimes, Dr. Jekyll is the one who freed this evil and maintains the responsibility for Mr. Hyde 's actions. In his letter, Jekyll admits to allowing his conscience to blame the incidents entirely on Mr. Hyde (Stevenson 46).
We all have questionable thoughts go through our heads, but it is the decision to act upon them which makes a person good or the opposite. After the fact, Macbeth does not repair the evil, he does not confess. Macbeth basks in the glory of being the new king. Not only does he give in to the temptation of evil and personal gain, he is too prideful to own up to his wrongdoings and attempt to right his
Reverend Parris is a self centered man who care only about himself and his reputation. When he talks to Abigail he show how worried he is about his reputation by saying “I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.”(Miller, 170). This shows how self centered he is because he is only worried about his enemies ruining