Desire For Power In Act III, scene ii, lines 74-139 of Julius Caesar Antony’s speech portrays a powerful argument which he used to sway the citizens of Rome to side with him. Antony elaborated the truth behind the conspirators actions, which proved to the citizens that Caesar didn’t rule through ambitiousness like Brutus claimed in the speech prior. The scene took place moments after Brutus ' speech to the people claiming that Caesar 's control ultimately ended his reign,which he justified as the betterment of Rome. Shakespeare uses repetition, tone, and hyperbole throughout his speech to demonstrate the major fault in the conspirators plan, ultimately showing Antony’s need for power. The use of repetition in Antony 's speech allows for him to persuade the crowd and enable him to indoctrinate the plebeians causing them to despise the conspirators undertakings and yearn for Caesar’s avengence.
Is Beowulf a Hero? The poem Beowulf, tells of great the great undertakings of Beowulf, a man who has defeated many ruthless monsters and seeks fame and glory. If we take Beowulf and compare him to the Anglo-Saxon ideal hero, Beowulf fills all the necessary requirements but, when compared to modern day standards, Beowulf doesn’t quite make the cut. In the modern day, selflessness is the ideal. It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero.
Critic Northrop Frye claims that tragic heroes “seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them…Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divisive lightning.” A perfect example of this assertion would be King Oedipus in the classical tragic play “Oedipus Rex,” written by Sophocles, where Oedipus, himself, becomes the victim of his doomed fate. As someone who was born and raised of royal blood, he becomes too proud and ignorant, believing that he was too powerful for his fate. Using the metaphor “great trees [are] more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass,” Frye compares the heroic but unfortunate Oedipus to the great trees as they both are apt to experience victimization of tragic situations
One definition of an epic hero is that the protagonist must go on a journey where he learns something about himself and the world. Satan volunteers to go on this journey to Eden. As soon as he volunteers, the other demons worship him and praise him for his courage. Milton describes this scene by writing, “At once was as the sound of Thunder heard remote. Towards him they bend with awful reverence prone,”(2, 476-478).
Camus once wrote on the Absurd hero, Sisyphus, who was subjected to the interminable, banal task of rolling a stone up a mountain for eternity, ruminated that “one must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Camus states the Absurd hero’s active acceptance of fate is a means of conquering or challenging the gods: in Meursault’s case, social norms set by society. Through Meursault’s Absurd realization of the truth, he is able to achieve transcendence over tragedy. The sun is a symbol for Meursault’s natural responses to stimuli and the brute force of nature and the environment he experiences—whether or not they’re natural or man-made, be it the beach or the courtroom. Different aspects of the sun serve different functions, but are
Paine’s purpose of using imagery is to make his words and ideas easier for the continental army to go and fight for their freedom. Imagery is similar and supports the inclusion of repetition. Thomas Paine uses imagery to make things easier to understand just like if he were to repeat something many times to make it more clear. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” He is describing how much tyranny is like hell and how hell is not easily conquered. He gives the appeal that we must not be afraid and in the end we will have great triumph.
Pride, a Corrupting Trait The greatest of the seven deadly sins, pride, has been commonly labeled as the father of all sins, originating from Lucifer’s rebellion against God. In Ancient Greece it went hand in hand with the most serious crimes, and in Christianity, C.S. Lewis states that it is the “anti-God” state. It allows its bearer to rise up in confidence with the belief that they are walking towards the better path, when in reality they are only climbing up to fall off a higher cliff. Though it may seem acceptable sometimes, the countless examples provided by history and ancient literature prove otherwise that this overly confident and egotistical trait brings about destruction.
At first glance of the story, it can be easy to mistake Harrison himself as the breakaway hero. After all, he is first described as "a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous" (Vonnegut 197). Not to mention his parents are two of the main characters, and this idea brings the "child saving the parents (along with everyone else) in need" trope to life (think Harry Potter avenging the deaths of his parents). Harrison 's looks and sheer strength were said to have awed those of even Thor, the god of thunder (198). What makes him unable to be the hero, however, is his selfishness and delusional attitude.
Ultimately, the sculptor “mocked” Ozymandias both imitating perfectly but in a contemptuous manner even when Ozymandias gave his “heart that fed.” The irony is that even though Ozymandias radiated his prowess so that the sculptor could easily recreate his power, but in reality, the sculptor is the only one getting the attention and praise. The next stanzas have imagery to implement a basis of irony. The traveler explains, “And on the pedestal, these words appear: (9)” the traveler passes the voice to Ozymandias: “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; (10)”. The term “King of Kings” gives the visualization of a powerful king because it is an allusion to Jesus in the bible as a savior. However, the subsequent stanzas show the opposite.
When the friar says this, he is warning Romeo that what he is viewing as all good may turn out to be all bad. Romeo is also impulsive. Since Romeo is a dreamer, he allows his emotions to directly influence his decisions and that makes him impulsive. Once Romeo feels something, he usually acts upon the feeling without thinking of the consequences. This is seen when the day after Romeo and Juliet meet he wants to be married to her.
When I hear about boy scouts I think service, kindness, and care. Hitler heard that, and bent it to the point of a new meaning. He distorted minds and gave them a sense of false reality. Sometimes I wonder what drove him to do this, and then remember that he himself had a sense of false reality. He was driven by the hunger for power, and complete perfection.
As imperialism begins to shape the religions of the lost cultures, the idea of the Gods weighing down on the English is quite ironic since they are forcing people to rid their ideas of who God is. Finally, Kipling uses repetition with the phrase, “the white man’s burden.” in order to remind the reader that the white man taking over a foreign country is a burden to them, not the people who are being forced to follow new laws in which they do not necessarily agree with. The repetition of the phrase constantly reiterates to the reader the message of the poem, which displays that imperialism the moral responsibility of the white man. Kipling inspires the readers to take on the burden and continue the journey of imperialism even if it may require huge amounts of attention. Rudyard Kipling’s,