He sees life as a burden or pain, which explains why he says many Christians were “being liberated from the world. ”1 Again he reassures himself that he has the correct set of beliefs by expressing that only Christians, like himself, are able to enjoy the afterlife. St. Cyprian also saw society breaking down as a test to see who would make the morally correct decision especially when it’s the absolute least convenient time.
The society in this book seemed to be the type that followed the rules or if you didn’t the worst things were going to happen to you. Everybody makes mistake and they try to learn and move on from them but killing someone intentionally would stick with that person forever and they would never be the same. Therefore, some people debate on whether he was completely out of place for killing Beatty or did the best thing for society. Although Montag killed Beatty, many people debate over whether it was the right thing to do or not.
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
He had too much power and needed to calm down and think what he was doing. Antigone knew that this was the right to do and did without being afraid or sorry for it. She was helping Creon, Ismene, and the community, and they did not realize that she was helping them until it was too
In the excerpt for Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie was in disbelief of what his God let happen but he tried to live with it even though he could never forget it. In the passage he says, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.” Elie mentions his God being murdered because he could not believe his God let all of this happen, let all of those people die. The narrator’s choice of the word “murdered” in that sentence helps show the reader how horrified the author was. Elie’s purpose of the message he was trying to convey was traumatized he was about the people being murdered left and right, and his God was letting it happen.
This action kills Claggart because he falls and hits his head. Some believe that Billy’s punishment was deserved because of the fact that Claggart died from the hit. Viewers with this viewpoint believe that no matter if Billy meant to kill Claggart or not, he committed a crime, therefore, he should be punished. I do not believe this; I believe that Billy was undeserving of his punishment because he did not intentionally kill Claggart.
When he is being assaulted by the Bacchants Pentheus cries out to his mother “Have pity on me, mother! Don’t kill me for my wrongdoing” . If Dionysos’ intention was to make Pentheus see his own ways then removing his mother from under his spell would have sufficed. The family would have seen the capabilities of the god and worshipped him justly yet, Dionysos continues to allow Agave to murder Pentheus. In the end the family understand the consequences “Now we see, but you are too hard on us ” Making this violence unjustified as his initial intent was to make them learn of his power and then to take violent action if they do not learn.
His fear of failure is what drove Okonkwo to kill himself when it became clear that he could not achieve his dream, which lead to the further falling apart of his clan by symbolizing the loss of hope. Right after Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna, which Obierika advises him not to do, Okonkwo begins to doubt himself, but immediately pushes the fear away, in denial. In the quote “‘When did you become a shivering young woman’, Okonkwo asked himself, ‘you who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war?’”(22), Okonkwo is trying to convince himself that he needs to be stronger, in order to continue his success. When Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna in order to try to conquer his fear, he went against Obierika 's advice. This conflict caused tension and disagreement between the two, leading to a further unraveling of the clan.
Against Jocasta’s suggestions, he is persistent in finding out who his father and mother were. When he does, he is dismally torn to shreds. Even if he didn’t mean to kill his father and have children with his mother, it proves to be immoral and wrong even in today’s standards. Because of his strong emotions of self-hatred, he inflicted much pain unto himself so as to never have to see the world again, therefore proving he suffers both physically and mentally. Oedipus’ downfall makes the audience feel a sense of catharsis, or emotional release that is provoked by Oedipus’ downfall.
These guys thought that the Black Death was a punishment for sin and the only way to pay back this punishment was in physical terms. Also there was another group called "pseudo-flagellants", though they would perform unusual sexual acts in public. The Church outlawed both groups but this was not to stop them. It also brought other negative effects such as in the arts of those days, in fact scenes of deaths and dead people were the central idea of the paintings and statues. Some of the most known are the “Grim Reaper”, the "Dance of Death", and "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by Albercht Dürer.
In Frederick Douglass’s book, he writes accounts of his time in slavery and beyond. Throughout the book, Douglass writes about not only the physical hardships slaves endured, but the mental and emotional hardships as well. In Chapter X, Douglass describes a battle he had with a temporary slave owner named Mr. Covey. After the fight concludes, Douglass writes, “This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning point in my career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of my own manhood.
Everyone has moments where they desire to revisit the past- correct a mistake, relive the excitement, change what could have been. We all have moments like that. It might be a fleeting feeling or a consistently recurring thought, but seldom do we dedicate ourselves to the unattainable and changing times. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the plight of Jay Gatsby and his attempt to bring back the past is explored. He aggressively, or arguably, passionately fights to regain what once was.
The one person who could have stopped the Salem Witch Trials was none other than a tragic hero. Aristotle developed the idea of a tragic hero in a story. This person was someone who was an exceptional person, they were quite prideful, and by the end they must die. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a tragic hero. He is an exceptional man with lust as a fatal error, he takes pride in his name, and by the end he dies and repents.
“That which is past is gone, and irrevocable; and wise men have enough to do with things present and to come: therefore they do but trifle with themselves, that labour in past matters.” ` This is a quote from Sir Francis Bacon’s essay, “On Revenge” explaining that men should not worry about things in the past, rather focus on the present and future. He is saying that people have too much on their plate to concern themselves with getting revenge. In the essay, it is explained that Bacon thinks that wise men should put past offenses behind them, but men who are selfish will try to get back for the things done to them. Throughout the essay he stressed that people should not seek revenge.
Guilt in Fifth Business and Hamlet Guilt alters one’s sense of self, paralyzing them to any other emotion, slowly deteriorating their minds. In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies and in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, significant characters are controlled by their guilt for similar reasons. No matter the cause, it makes them feel responsible for someone else’s suffering, motivates them to commit acts as an attempt to escape, and suffer in the end as they are always brought to their inevitable fate. These characters include Paul Dempster and Hamlet as they both experience guilt because of their parents, Leola Cruikshank and Ophelia as they have guilt in the relationships they are in, and Boy Staunton and Claudius because they both deny their wrongful deeds, but their guilt is tragically revealed throughout their lives.