It was originally emphasized in visual arts, music and literature. It then placed a new emphasis on such emotions, horror and terror, this was achieved in confronting the new elements of impacting the feelings of the reader in subtle messages and beauty of nature take from a different perspective. An example of how certain elements are set out to impact the viewer, is a poem titled, “the ghost” by famous author Charles Baudelaire. He is considered one of the greatest 19th century poets. He believed that evil and had been overlooked as an expression of beauty and
The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes. The poet expresses the dilemma faced by the photographer in these circumstances through the way he ‘sought approval’ and tried to make ‘the readers eyeballs prick’ so that they would care. Duffy was inspired to write this poem by her friendship with a war photographer. She was especially intrigued by the peculiar challenge faced by these people whose job requires them to record terrible, horrific events without being able to directly help their subjects. The use of a semantic field of death shows the very dark side of conflict and gives an almost savage and sinister edge to the poem to make the act of war all the more evil.
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
Roderick Usher utilizes the arts, like writing, painting, and others, to express his emotions about his life. In one of the ballads, he wrote that “evil things assailed the monarch’s high estate” (Poe ). Roderick tells the story of a glorious, beautiful palace that has been destroyed by evil things that lurk. He knows that evil runs throughout his home and is flooding his life out. Also, Roderick suffers a mental disorder and his sister, Madeline, has anemia, which these diseases could be considered an evil because of the harm that it brings.
It is very common for the human race to be afraid of death. By presenting this inner conflict, Shakespeare was able to invent the relatable character of Hamlet. Michael Taylor contends that Hamlet is “is a vivid portrayal of madness and the elements of the human psyche.”(The conflict in Hamlet, 1971). The critic William Golding (2002) compares Hamlet’s confusion to the dilemma of the character of Arjuna of the Bhagawad Gita who is torn between his heart and his mind. And he describes their inaction as a “paralysis”.
Using Sigmund Freud 's work on narcissism, the true nature if the characters of Twelfth Night could be well explored by analyzing the moments of epiphanies. To begin, in Twelfth Night, characters suffer from vanity, a kind of misdirected love. That is, this love is directed toward self rather than toward others. In this manner, vanity deters the process of love. However, love vanquishes vanity.
Hands have the power to create and destroy, to show loyalty and to overthrow, and to save a life just to end it in one fell plunge of a dagger. As an extension of one’s body, the actions that the hands perform are dictated by one’s desire to enact them. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth’s conscience, corrupted by his greed for power, transforms into a catalyst in which results in the appalling deeds carried out by his hand. The masterful symbolism of the hand as the instrument for potential good or evil, cautions against the abuse of its power by demonstrating the devastating effects of egomania through Macbeth’s vanquishment. The hand is shown to become a fatal weapon for greed when wielded by the corrupt conscience of Macbeth, demonstrating the effect of the detrimental selfish motives on the actions it performs.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). The concept of the Shadow is evident in Stevenson’s work, whether he was aware of Jung’s terminology or not. The idea of a darker part of humanity that must be faced and dealt with is a clear theme in his work: Here, Hyde becomes a physical manifestation of Jekyll’s repressed unconscious, showing how the doppelganger may appropriate the body in order to act out the original characters repressed thoughts, ideas and desires. Freud notes that the double is often a representation of the shadowy, hideous part of our personality – this is evident in the case of Jekyll and Hyde, where Jekyll represents the rational, civilized and intellectual self, and Hyde the irrational, beast-like
Whether in the form of sculptures, paintings, or the written word art has been a way for the common and elite to share in the beauty of memories past. Art has played a key role in helping to explain the difference in personal morals and those placed upon an individual by a corrupt society. In Antigone, Beowulf and the Bayeux Tapestry the conflict of social and personal morality is subjected to both physical and spiritual trials. The battle that each man or women has to face elevates them into a man that is desired by others; either for their strength, heroism or beauty. Before understanding the depth of Antigone’s personal strength and endurance, the background of her story needs to be told.
In Duffy’s free verse, dramatic monologue poem ‘Havisham’ cacophony and juxtaposition are employed in the opening phrase ‘beloved sweetheart bastard’. The juxtaposition between the descriptive adjective ‘beloved’ and the noun ‘sweetheart’ and the profane noun ‘bastard’ show the change in the narrator’s attitude towards the relationship. It also conveys the unstable mental state of Havisham and exposes her uncertainty and ambivalence. The cacophony also shows the narrators anger directed towards this unnamed ‘bastard’; this anger has replaced what we can infer to be affection from metonymical phrases such as ‘a white veil’ and ‘honeymoon’ Cacophony is also used in the last stanza coupled with half rhyme. Duffy uses a series of words - ‘awake, hate, face, cake, and break’ – to convey the mood of the poem.
White highlights the problems of love and how it can destroy one’s view of themselves and cause them to make irrational decisions. White explores Lancelot’s self-hatred and moral dilemmas to show how love can influence an individual’s thoughts and actions. In the Ill-Made Knight the love in friendships, one’s moral values, and romantic love are examined and ultimately shows the abstract and