The idea that our actions could be meaningless is one that is not uncommon for one to ponder; though a troubling thought, it cannot be denied that once an individual is dead, their previous actions don't make any difference to things anymore. This idea is elaborated on by two great writers, William Shakespeare and T. S. Eliot. A universal theme about the futility of life is shared in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Eliot's The Wasteland. In Shakespeare's play, the main character, Hamlet, regularly has doubtful and somewhat nihilistic views on his life. He maintains that his life has no value throughout the play and contemplates suicide.
The feeling of getting revenge starts the signs of active nihilism in Hamlet. Hamlet goes through passive nihilistic views in most of the play and shows this through his lack of motivation to live. Hamlet says, “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world,” (I,2). Hamlet talks on how that everything in this world is useless. This suggests that he really does not have a reason to live.
Hamlet is a sort of amalgamation of the two, a bundle of contradictions thrown together into one conflicting but very human mess of a character. The quote, "We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths", aptly describes my feelings towards this troubled young prince. It is simply impossible to characterise Hamlet as good or bad, strong or weak. It is my aim to show the depth of Hamlet 's personality and to explain to the best of my ability the traits which make him who he is. Hamlet is the neither the hero nor the villain of his story- he is simply a victim, a young man slowly losing his grip on sanity over the course of the play.
Like many things, Hamlet is intelligent and honorable, but his indecisiveness is the cause of his tragic downfall. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare portrays that Hamlet is very incapable of finishing the task at hand. Throughout the drama Hamlet faces many trials and tribulations due to his late father Hamlet, who was murderously killed by Claudius. His inability to kill Claudius and himself is one grand flaw of an epic hero. After King Hamlets passing, Hamlet entered an unknown state of mind that not only feared others for his wellbeing, but also feared himself.
Jonson vs Shakespeare The works of William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson are known around the world. They knew each other personally and they were friends as well as rivals. William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest English writer. Ben Jonson wrote of Shakespeare, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” He was baptized on April 26, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616. Since he lived in Elizabethan England life was very hard for him because he wasn’t born into a family of wealth or nobility and he didn’t have a great education.
Beautiful Girls and Army Boys F. Scott Fitzgerald is not a creative, original man. His most successful book was based on his life. There are bits of him in all of the male characters, especially Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. The role of Daisy is just like his wife Zelda in her adolescent years. The Great Gatsby is basically just their Long Island lives amplified.
Some people have it real easy - there aren 't many Ephraims Goldmans, as my mum could tell you, nor lots of Henriettas Hineses, as testified by my dad. Actually, lots of parents these days opt for a very unique name for obvious reasons - after all, if the only clue to finding your soulmate is their name on your wrist, you 'd better hope they aren 't going to be called a John Smith. On the other hand, all these Phoenixes, Khaleesis and Caspians wandering around? Frankly, it can get really annoying. I had it pretty good - no James Johnson or Darius Maximus on my wrist.
Though the Komagata Maru incident was a real event, with serious repercussions that affected thousands of immigrants and their families, the most significant familial relationship in Pollock’s play is Hopkinson’s. The audience is never explicitly introduced to Hopkinson’s parents, but they provide significant conflict, especially in terms of Hopkinson’s motives. The first mention of his parents at all is in a nondescript, vague paragraph where Hopkinson states his father was “stationed in Punjab...there was a felt carpet from Kashmir, brass ornaments...anything he wanted...It belonged to my father.” (107, Pollock) Hopkinson’s father is his hero -- a successful white man in the early 20th century is all Hopkinson really aspires to be. However, in the same scene, Evy asks about Hopkinson’s mother; she is ignored, and brushed aside. She is persistent, though, and later argues with him as to how truthful he is being -- she comments that “[Hopkinson] lived with [the Indians].” (110) This negates another argument between them, and Hopkinson is quick to move on to his father, saying “I
When he wrote “On Edmund Kean as a Shakespearian Actor” in 1817, Keats imagined a posture of an ideal poet who loftily stands alone absorbed in the exercise of negatively capable sympathetic imagination .In the last days of his writerly life he once again stands, throwing his hand as dramatically and fascinatingly as any stage actor or dramatic poet reciting his own lines. Keats’s negative capability is an act of self-assertion all the way through, covered in the clothing of self-negation. In “This living hand” he throws away the garb and demands his due, frankly revealing how negatively capable negative capability
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most original plays due to the fact that he had no outside influence or collaboration when creating the story. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 “in Stratford on Avon, England.” His parents were John and Mary Shakespeare. Little is known about Shakespeare’s childhood, these years are generally regarded as “The Lost Years.” When Shakespeare
This book was incredible. Even thinking about it now gives me chills, probable because it was the first book that really made me love reading. In this story the main character is Luke and he is growing up in a futuristic society where families are only allowed to have two children. And he is the third. He is never allowed to go outside or let anyone know that he exists.