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.
At first he is appears to be bright, but it is quickly revealed that “Andrey Semyonovitch really was rather stupid” (58). In fact, “he did not know much about his own work of propaganda” (71). Including this descriptions of Andrey emphasizes the lack of brain in the Russian movement. The development of this character adds a bit of humor to the passage. Dostoevsky has created this man who firmly stands with the new doctrines flooding into Russia, although he does not know what any of it means.
When comparing Machiavelli and Rousseau’s presentation on human nature, one can see that Machiavelli’s idea of human nature was completely opposite compared to Rousseau’s idea of human nature. Machiavelli was a realist, and had a rather negative view on human nature. He assumed that men by nature are evil, and are driven by their own selfish wants and needs. In a society where they are free, everything becomes unorganized and confusing. In Machiavelli’s, The Prince, he states that, “Men never do good except out of necessity, but when they have the freedom to choose and can do as they please, everything becomes confused and disorderly (182).” Thus Machiavelli believed that the best form of society was one where the Prince ruled his kingdom
“An irrational society is a society of moral cowards – of men paralyzed by the loss of moral standards, principles, and goals” (86) says Rand, and I feel that too far have the men in the society sunk away from moral standards, like putting their knowledge to use and expanding it, simply because they do not believe in judging others for fear of what others may see in them, especially Equality since he always abides by the strict standards with fear of the civilization itself. Equality would certainly agree with Rand’s advice, “One must never fail to pronounce moral judgement”, as Equality did by leaving the controlled society that brainwashed
As Winston dreamed that O’Brien would meet him in a place where there is no darkness, he misinterpreted the allusion as O’Brien was now turning against him for his disbeliefs against the Party. The act of spreading prisoners to the Ministry of Love was ironic because they were completely tortured, opposed to “loving.” The misleading cover of the Party ultimately exposes the flaws and imbalances of the society which they attempt to create. The irony concerning the Ministry of Love is a vast representation of how the Party attempts to cover up the imperfections of their beliefs and
It's significant to know that Holden deems Old Spencer's advice as phony because he doesn't agree with the rules of life. This quotation helps readers understand Holden's motives on much of his dislikes in things because he believes that he is on the unfair side of the game. In the end Old Spencer wants Holden to conform to the rest of society, but of course Holden's unique perspective on life causes him to disregard what Old Spencer says. Quote #4: In J.D Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, the speaker of
The harmful effects of Russian greed are further exemplified in Chichikov’s attempt to deal with Nozdryov, where Nozdryov’s level of greed ultimately resulted in no deal being made at all. In terms of artificiality and greed, Nozdryov has no equal, and perhaps this is why Chichikov, who possesses tremendous skill in his ability to weave through the Russian social structure, is unable to strike a deal with Nozdryov. The term “two-faced” does not adequately describe Nozdryov, whom the narrator describes as the person who can “strike up an acquaintance quickly, and before you can turn around they are already on personal terms with you. They embark on friendship, as it seems, forever; but it almost always happens that the new friend will pick a
Beowulf the Artificial Man Over the course of history, the righteous identity of masculinity has been tainted by the stereotypical profile that is governed by machoism. These stereotypes eliminate any emotions, activities, and beliefs that exhibit weakness. These stereotypes cause men to seek unrelenting physical strength, a mind of iron, and isolation. However, these are only stereotypes; a man is something much more than attempting to live their life as a masquerade. A perfect example of a man following this mockery of masculinity is the title character hailing from the epic Beowulf.
Later in the book, Pi explains another story to the Japanese because they would not believe his story, which shows that temporal people views the world in a monotonous way and they choose to live a life of uncertainty and doubt, without any tale to guide them. Yann Martel gives the readers a democratic choice, which one is the better story? The one with humans tells us the evil nature of man and is what people want it to be: "dry, yeastless factuality"(336). Even though the story with the animals does not seem accurate, but it gives Pi hope in desperate times. The choice, one of the reasons Life of Pi appeals to secular readers; it gives "the desire to believe rather that the belief itself(Ishmael).” When Pi reaches the depths of his despair, the only thing he could do was to escape the physical reality of hopeless endurance on the lifeboat, and so he soars into the realm of imagination.
“The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting,” was a quote by the English dramatist Ben Jonson. In Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty confronts Guy Montag and attempts to turn him away from the pursuit of reinstating books in the world they lived in. To do so, he makes a point, using Ben Jonson, that if Montag were to keep having violent bouts and shout his truth, the grace of it will be lost. However, the argument that Captain Beatty described and had used the quote was in a dream that he had. Consequently, Captain Beatty only used the quote to confuse Montag and convince him that his pursuit of bringing back writing was a lost cause.
Hamlet is a horrible heir to the throne: not because he dithers too much, but because he has almost no impulse control. If he has a thought, it is going to come out of his mouth. I believe a major reason he feigns madness is because he knows this about himself. He knows he won 't be able to help giving himself away and getting out of control. So he covers it with "Don 't mind me.