Villains often play a vital role in contrasting the protagonists, which brings upon sympathy towards the protagonists. In The Stranger by Albert Camus, society directly criticizes Meursault 's actions and beliefs, evoking Meursault 's sadness in the story. While in The Meursault Investigation, Merault is the antagonist of the story because he kills Musa, Harun’s brother. Meursault indirectly provokes Harun’s anger and fuels his ambition for his actions. Both stories present villains differently, where society is directly criticizing Meursault’s beliefs and actions in The Stranger while Meursault is indirectly hurting Harun in The Meursault Investigation.
Many stories in literature are not complete without an Antagonist. The Antagonist can be the embodiment of evil or just a roadblock for the main character to overcome. In the short story Sweat, written by Zora Neale Hurston, features an abusive husband, Sykes, as the Antagonist. Sykes dominates and abuses his hard-working wife, Delia. Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor.
Greed within the Rape of the Lock Greed is often perceived as wanting to have something no matter who it affects. The Augustan time period was riddled with greed and was not a great time period to live in. A poet named Alexander Pope wrote a poem to push the issue of greed to the spotlight. In his poem, The Rape of the Lock, Pope uses one of the main characters, the Baron,to prove the true greed the courses through the veins of the average human. The Baron’s rudeness, persistence, and disregard for others helps to prove that greed is a problem in the era of which the poem was written.
The first indication of his madness is seen in his emotional instability; specifically, the “result of inappropriate emotional responses” (Demian). For Montresor this is seen in his immediate need for revenge. When he states, “but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”, Montresor reveals how his prideful nature leads to an inappropriate emotional response to the situation (Poe 236). Consequently, it is argued that a sane minded individual wouldn’t have sought retribution for such a menial occurrence. Additional evidence of Montresor’s madness Is given when the men refer to his house motto and coat of arms.
The symbols of imagery, dialogue, and physical transformation Butler utilizes express the feelings of jealousy, communication, and regret between the wife and husband. He desired for his readers to connect this to society of how relationships work, second chances, adultery, and weak communication as these things occur in couples. The losing of trust, mystery, and suspicion in relationships can defeat a person to the point of death. Individuals should make the most out of their lives, a life filled with no regrets because life is too beautiful and priceless. It happens fast and is too short to not make the most of
This animalistic imagery shows that not only is Othello being dehumanized by Iago, but Desdemona is as well. Since both characters are not viewed as human to Iago, it shows that he is more willing to embark on manipulative acts upon them. His detachment towards the characters then drives him to do sinister deeds on to them, ultimately causing his downfall. Emilia, Iago’s own wife is another character to which he is detached from. In Act Five, scene two, Iago kills his wife for telling
In the allegorical story, “The Masque of the Read Death”, Poe, tries to express the human desire to avoid Death. The place and the time of the story portray social ignorance, since in the past death was a taboo that provoked terror in humanity. The consternation causes motivation in issues such as death dissolution or prevention. Poe finds himself motivated by death; in this work, his character Prince Prospero has strange tastes that represent death symbolically and makes a great effort to avoid it. First and foremost, the name Prospero is a metaphor; closely related to wealth and material prosperity.
Hester Prynne also affects Chillingworth because “That old man’s revenge has been blacker than my sin.” (Hawthorne 203). Dimmesdale endures the harsh punishments given to him by Chillingworth due to his anger and thirst for revenge. Chillingworth is blinded by revenge because he only seeks to harm Dimmesdale which is a result of a sin symbolized by the scarlet letter. This truly depicts the effect the scarlet letter has had on characters surrounding it due to the fact that Chillingworth has developed into someone who only wants revenge and that Dimmesdale can no longer handle the guilt of his sin. The symbol conveys romantic ideals since the characters must endure the pain on their own because of the fear that society will no longer accept
Other morals are that greed is a deadly sin, and immorality breeds corruption and destruction. It brings up the weight of one’s morality, the meaning of life, it’s complexities, and gives various advice that can be applied to everyday life. The play addresses how immorality breeds more corruption and destruction. Hamlet, Laertes, Ophelia, King Hamlet, and Polonius’, deaths all show how their immoralities lead to their deaths. Gertrude's actions and death, Claudius's lack of honesty, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s betrayal, then death, also illustrate how detrimental immorality can be.
Rumi, a Tajik poet once said, “Greed makes man blind and foolish, and makes him an easy prey for death.” In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Kino proves that with wealth comes undeniable evil. Despite Kino’s want for more and the best for his family, the malevolent events that come with the pearl eventually led to the death of his beloved son, Coyotito. Throughout the novel the pearl showed signs of hope for the family, but those signs of hope eventually led to feelings of greed. The ideas that the pearl encompasses throughout John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, are acquisitiveness, optimism, and nefariousness. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, the pearl symbolizes acquisitiveness through causing its owner to want more and show skepticism and suspicion toward others.