Gregory Maguire’s Wicked is a new perspective on the classic story of Dorothy Gale, the Wizard of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West. The book introduces Elphaba, the Wicked Witch from the original tale and shows her life before the classic story, which paints her in a different and far more sympathetic light. Elphaba has an unfortunate childhood, born with unusual physical features, her unique appearance is used by her father to help encourage conversion to his religion. Additionally her mother was very distant, if not neglectful, and both parents doted on her sister instead. In the story Elphaba pushes people away, transforms from a well meaning activist to vengeful extremist and attacks and kidnaps Dorothy in a series of events that lead
Would most people put their lives at risk to save others or even those they had never met? According to Campbell (“The Hero’s Adventure https://www.youtube.com”) a hero is someone who has given his/her life to something bigger than himself or other than himself. Someone who has found, achieve or done something beyond the normal range of achievement or experience. This person possesses courage and has the ability to contain and overcome their fears. They are dedicated and focused on the outcome and achievements of the task at hand. Their efforts are based upon honesty and loyalty which earns them
The book by John Wyndham, The Chrysalids is a perfect example of how the existence of prejudice can have a negative impact on a society. In the novel, citizens are encouraged to behave the way society wants them to behave. Additionally, It can cause them to take actions that can lead them to violence. As well as, the characters are taught that being a certain way is correct and that can influence them on how they look at people and how they look at themselves.
Cleopatra VII has become one of the most well-known ruler and Egyptian in era of the Roman Empire because of her suppose beauty, cunning personality and her influence on the Roman Republic which turned into an Empire shortly after her death. While she is not Roman citizen herself, her relations with Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony are what brought her influence of power into Roman society and expanded her own in Egypt. Just like any ruler in history she sought power which was not something easily done as a woman in that time, however primary sources such as Josephus and Cassius Dio often do not refer to her as a great ruler, but as a seductress
“‘Are you dying for him?’ she whispered. ‘And his wife and child. Hush! Yes.’” (Dickens, p.276) It was a symbol of a freedom, a symbol of captivity, a sign of hope, a sign of despair, a representation of a revolution, a representation of demoralization, a shift towards the light, a plunge towards the utter darkness. It was the Guillotine, brought to the spotlight by thousands of starving, desperate, hopeless people. Openly, it claimed to be the avenue for absolute freedom for France, but in honesty this machine touted the fall of morality. The French peasants took the power over the upper classes in order to break free from their starvation and mistreatment. Through the workings of Madame Guillotine, the peasants eliminated their offenders:
Authors use characterization to give the reader better understanding of what the character is like.In "Lamb to the Slaughter" a series of Literary Devices are used to develop main characters and their feelings about each other. Roald Dahl in "Lamb to the Slaughter" uses conflict, imagery, and direct characterization to develop the love Mary has for her husband so that the reader understands how one thing can change a person but deep down they're still the same person.
According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is someone “between two extremes... not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is not brought about by some error or frailty” (Poetics). Tragedy is intended to create catharsis by making the audience sympathize with the protagonist. Therefore, the point of a tragic character is to make these emotions. An effective tragedy causes the audience’s emotions to mirror this rise and fall. Antigone has a few tragic flaws going for her, or rather against her. Her loyalty to the gods and her brother 's memory means that she will have to be disloyal to King Creon. Antigone is also pretty stubborn. That is kind of a good trait in a heroic sort of way but unfortunately her stubbornness gets herself in trouble but also risks other characters as well like Ismene and
In 1792 B.C. Hammurabi inherited the throne and became king of Babylonia, a Mesopotamian city state. Hammurabi was the sixth ruler of the Amorite dynasty which was founded in 1894 B.C.("Hammurabi."). He remained King of Babylonia until around 1750 B.C. Although not much is known about Hammurabi’s life before becoming King of Babylon, the name of his succesor is Samsuilna (Renger). Hammurabi
As previously mentioned, in the end Randolph succeeds in controlling Joel, but the way he does so confines Joel to Randolph himself, and likewise to the Landing. Randolph manipulates every significant situation in which Joel takes part. He disregards Joel’s letters to his Aunt Ellen. Because Randolph does not send them, it consequently makes Joel feel as if she has abandoned him like his father did when he was born. “But Ellen had never answered his letters. The hell with her. He didn’t care any more. His own bloodkin. And she’d made so many promises. And she’d said she loved him. But she forgot. All right, so had he, sure, you forget, o.k., who cares? And she’d said she loved him” (Capote 185-186). Because Randolph has control over Amy, he uses her to control both Ed Sansom and Joel. She knew Randolph was sending for Joel, writing as if Randolph was his father, yet said nothing of it, nor tried to stop Randolph. Anything Randolph does, Amy is indifferent to, accepts, or ignores. Because of the control set on her, Randolph is able to use her as a tool in confining Joel. Joel becomes confined to Skully’s Landing essentially through Randolph, seeing the
Englishmen and women from centuries ago had very different characteristics and mindsets from both you and I. Being strict believers of God, they ran interesting thought processes in their head that can be very difficult to understand unless one takes the time and effort to learn about the difference between these two time periods and then attempt to think as one who lived 600 years ago. There are two documents being Christopher Columbus’ letter back to the king and queen of England describing the natives and Mary Rowlandson’s story of captivity during King Philip’s war. They will help in learning these two types of mindsets as well as some differences that 200 years can bring. Many factors such as gender and time-frame play a major role in
Hammurabi was the best known and most exalted of all Mesopotamian kings. Hammurabi ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792-50 B.C.E. As Hammurabi conquered other city-states his empire grew and he saw a need for rules and regulations. Hammurabi set a universal law for all the people. He reviewed all the laws and compiled a list of 282 laws to be abided by in all of the city-state. In those set of laws, Hammurabi wanted to ensure that the weak are protected from the strong. So were Hammurabi’s laws necessary to rule the city-state?
Because Christians faced daily persecution anyway, martyrdom was a way for them to take back their lives and their fates, allowing them to decide when they died and by whose hands. Martyrdom, unlike standard death or murder, gave Christians the power to decide their own destinies; they were given the choice to either follow the Roman government or to stand with God, instead. If they went against what their government told them to do, they knew the consequences would be harsh and painful; however, even though the punishments were severe, they also knew that they had decided their death. One of the most striking examples of an ancient Christian taking his or her life back and demanding control is Vibia Perpetua, who spent the vast majority of her life under the thumb of either her father or her husband. She never had the chance to make strong, independent decisions about her own life, regardless of the fact that she grew up educated and was constantly exposed to
In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the female characters' desire to question the law of Athens and select their own husbands drives most of the conflict in the play. In a way, Hermia, Helena, and Titania are the protagonists of the play because each of their desires are being thwarted by the patriarchal structure of the society in which they live. The way the women try to overcome such hurdles does not sit well with the men. Accordingly, the men get on edge when their patriarchy is disrupted, so they make strict laws to try and keep the women under their control. The men of Athens feel threatened when women show agency because their whole patriarchal system depends on female complacency. Although Athenian society
Before going to the king the vizier had a conversation with his daughter after she came to him with the news that she wanted to be the king’s next bed partner, even though it was widely known that this position was typically a one night deal e ending in death for the woman. Shahrazad made the vizier go to the king, even though she knew what could very well happen to her if her plan doesn’t work out in the way she wanted. At first her father refused and he only did as she wished after she told him if she did not she would only go behind his back.
The characters in Beloved, especially Sethe and Paul D are both dehumanized during the slavery experiences by the inhumanity of the white people, their responses to the experience differ due to their different role. Sethe were trapped in the past because the ghost of the dead baby in the house was the representation of Sethe’s past life that she couldnot forget. She accepted the ghost as she accepted the past. But Sethe began to see the future after she confronted her through the appearance of her dead baby as a woman who came to her house. For Sethe, the future existed only after she could explain why she killed her own daughter. She insisted on explaining the reason why she killed her daughter to the grown-up woman Beloved because Sethe felt