But I say he’s a God damn good worker”(Steinbeck, 23). George describes Lennie honestly, but it shows the cruel side of humanity by pointing out Lennie’s weaknesses and his inability to fix them. Steinbeck’s tone sets up a very honest and cruel world that man lives in Steinbeck’s use of
It provides a viscerally realistic portrayal of combat, a by turns uplifting and sad portrayal of the friendships and emotions shared by men under constant threat of death, and most of all a clear (at times to the point of heavy-handed) portrayal of what it means to be a good officer who leads from the front and seeks to get the utmost effort out of his men, while caring about their lives more than is own. This got me thinking a bit about what makes a novel "anti-war". Of the novels that I 've read which I 've heard described as "anti-war", the description often seems earned by conveying sentiments such as "combat is horrific", "war creates terrible destruction" and "doing violence wound even the victor". And yet, these don 't seem like ideas that are necessarily in the sense of "pacifist" or "believing that war is always worse than its alternative". They are incompatible with the claim "war is a positive good in and of itself", but one would have to be pretty appallingly deluded to think
Grendel is Good Nihilism is perhaps the most important philosophy presented in Grendel. This idea is paramount because it informs the reader that there is no good or evil, just people with different agendas. Grendel may be a demon, but he’s a victim of the world. His communication barrier distanced him not only from his mother, but from the humanity he was fascinated with. His loneliness and false belief in nihilism drove him to become the very monster humans thought him to be.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community, John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper.The most well known definition of a tragic hero comes from Aristotle who was a great philosopher . When describing a tragic hero, he states "The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part. "He also explains the four essential qualities that a tragic hero should have, which are appropriateness, goodness,consistency, and lifelike.These necessities help, classify the character of John Proctor in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible as the tragic hero. Proctor's downfall in the play is initiated by a human flaw, which qualifies him to be the tragic hero. Arthur Miller illustrates John Proctor as a common honest
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson is a unique book that focuses on the dual personality of mankind. This book questions our human mindset about why certain people can indulge themselves in committing terrible things. It also predict that human beings are dual creatures and have the ability to think irrationally. However, I believe that Vladimir Nabokov introductory essay of the Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was to reveal to readers the duality of man, our adaptation to the things around us and the vices of homosexuality act during the Victorian Age. The dual personality of man is the main theme that is present in the entire novel of Stevenson's book.
Prometheus writes that he finally recognizes ‘why the best in me has been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins” in the concluding chapter of Anthem (Rand, 98). Prometheus comes to understand that the reason he has felt no regret for his actions, is because they are what makes him an individual. This meaning that throughout his life he has been degraded because of how he would wonder and constantly ask questions, but this has made him a person with views and genuine curiosity on how the world works. These are all characteristics of a single person because not all people have the same views on everything. Surprisingly, in Prometheus’ society no one is considered an individual and
Sweat is a novel that tells a story about the good, evil, and domestic abusive husband. This essay will critically evaluate the fictional character named Sykes. It will analyze Sykes Jones individual qualities with a focus on at least more than three traits. The traits I will speak on is, abuse, laziness, and disrespect. Sykes Jones is a protagonist’s husband, and abusive man who psychologically and physically tortures his wife.
I think that Prometheus is a perfect example of an egoist because he only cares about his happiness, he is miserable working for others, and because he thinks he owes nothing to everybody. “Egoism states that each man’s primary moral obligation is to achieve his own welfare, well-being, or self-interest…He should be ‘selfish’ in the sense of being the beneficiary of his own moral actions.” (Glossary of Definitions by Ayn Rand, pg. 12) In the book everything Prometheus does benefit him to reach his welfare in Happiness. On page 95 of Anthem Equality writes “For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it.
But with deeper examination, the novel shows the true darkness that exists in every human being. Golding tells a story that shows the fight between democracy and dictatorship, the struggle between bad and good, and how cruelty is destined to be the downfall of
Shelley faces a tangible evil, a person, while Dunbar faces an intangible one, a social concept. Both “England in 1819” and “Douglass” start by describing both their oppressors and the hardships the respective authors must undergo while under the rule of the villain’s tyranny. For Shelley it is “an old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King” and his successors (Shelley 1). The negative connotations and
He speaks on the fire and pain they will endure for the sins they have done against God. In his sermon he speaks on eternal life like Bradstreet but unlike her he uses it as the eternal life people will receive if they sin. The eternal life in hell full of pain, fire and misery.Such as “There will be no end to this exquisite misery”(Edwards 111) He try’s to show sinnful puritans that at the end of their road of pain to God will be pain and suffering. His sermon and Bradstreet’s poem are alike in their ability to show eternal life and the prizes and consequences of following and putting your faith into God. Bradstreet shows the consequences of sin by using a subtle interpretation to go back to righteous ways, Edwards on the other hand is very aggressive in the way he shows the price of sin and to “persuade” un pure puritans back to christ.
The process of growing in a character can be treacherous process. This process was demonstrated well by Reverend Dimmesdale in the novel, The Scarlett Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s style sets up Dimmesdale demise impeccably, giving the reader a deep and insightful look at Dimmesdale. Hawthorne explains the destruction of Dimmesdale, which is due to committing adultery with Hester, with his continued exacerbating health and the letter A throughout the novel. Hawthorne continuously comments about Reverend Dimmesdale’s ailing health, leading the reader to assume that the sin is eating him up from inside.
Before being summoned to the dark side, Brown was told “evil must be your only happiness. Welcome, again, my children, to the communion of your race!” Brown did not take a stand against evil, punishing himself into a lifetime of misery. These two main characters contrast each other when it comes to fighting off corrupt forces. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Young Goodman Brown” the authors focus on the main characters to interpret the theme of good vs. evil. Both stories share in similar that the main characters are seen in a positive light and come from strong family backgrounds.
e Cycle of Evil In his article titled “the frivolity of evil,” Dr Dalrymple defines evil as,” the elevation of passing pleasure for oneself over the long-term misery of others to whom one owes a duty.” Dr. Dalrymple describes how his community and the people who live there are stuck in a cycle of evil. He believes that this cycle is a side effect of Great Brittan’s transformation in to a welfare state along with our culture of entitlement. The many years of dedicated study and extensive observations, has granted Dr Dalrymple unique perspective and a deep insight regarding the human condition and their social concerns. Using examples from his work in a prison psychiatrist hospital, we see how easily this type of evil spreads through a community