In Medea, a surge of insanity purges her after she is betrayed by her husband Jason causing many cruel and harsh actions to follow from her. The ending result a murder scene. Is she really at blame for her actions and should she be punished? Believing that she is truly insane this would entail that she is completely innocent and therefore not to be punished. Thesis: Medea’s insanity which led her to killing her children suggests she let her emotions take control of her proving she is not at fault for her actions.
The instances of “inhuman cries and...lurid reflections” (Source B) experienced by Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire was the line for her sister, Stella. Blanche’s true accusations against Stanley Kowalski and his animalistic desires and her false ones against the successful Shep Huntleigh led Stella to believe she was insane and needed to be institutionalized. However, was this the best choice? Blanche did not seem to pose as a threat to anyone so was she truly in need of assistance? Roman Espejo refutes this by stating that it is only when someone is “completely radical” and does not “comply with a court-ordered treatment plan” that they should be placed in psychiatric treatment (Source D).
In fact, he asserts that as a result of all the treatments women were using to deceive it was hard to tell whether the woman was “a human face , or an ulcer” (Fiero 162). He despises the devious actions and hateful plots the women concoct against those distasteful to them. He believes that “there’s nothing a woman won’t do, nothing she thinks is disgraceful” because of her deceitful feature (Fiero
While the maids voice their opinion about Penelope and pretend to be her, they display their viewpoint on what Penelope’s actual actions are: “Point out those maids as feckless and disloyal, / Snatched by the Suitors as unlawful spoil” (Atwood 150). In other words, the maids accuse Penelope of saying awful things about them so that they are killed. Again, the rhyming shows that the maids claim this, not Penelope. Their perspective is that Penelope turned on them when Odysseus returned home, even though she loved and supported them. Based on what they know, they conclude that Penelope indirectly tells Odysseus to kill them; she does not want them to share her secrets.
She could just be a very evil person who only wants to murder and manipulate people. However, Lady Macbeth reveals evidence that this is not the case about her. Lady Macbeth begins to sleepwalk and speak about the murders she has been a part of. “Attack, I am afraid, they have awoke. And tis not done.” Here she reveals her guilt about the murder of King Duncan and how he resembled her father.
The plot against Banquo could be argued to be an unjustified murder simply because of the irrational fear Macbeth had for his position as King. Lady Macbeth displays a distinction from that of herself from the beginning of the play by feeling guilty for the crimes that she and her husband had committed. She demonstrates her guilty conscience on page 76 when she states, “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” (Shakespeare). Lady Macbeth goes on a cleansing-craze when she starts to walk in her sleep.
Even though she is depicted as a murderous monster who worked to destroy her own children through abortion and the revelation of her true identity to Aron, in reality, Cathy solely worked against what she didn’t understand –goodness. This highlights how Cathy also followed the idea of timshel, but she could only follow what she knew –human nature. Not only did Cathy serve as the novel’s main adversary Steinbeck utilizes the evil within her to show how evil could be defeated by goodness. Opposing viewpoints state East of Eden contains underdeveloped, stereotypical female characters argue that Steinbeck categorizes women into two, extreme types: caring mother or heinous villains. However, within the novel, Steinbeck denies his female character’s simplicities by creating multidimensional roles within their womanly archetypes.
This is evident when she states that Goody proctor is “ a cold, snivelling woman” where it is encouraged to believe that Elizabeth Proctor is a nasty person, however Abigail is not as innocent as she claims to be. Abigail’s dominance and manipulative nature is particularly shown over the girls, after she influences them to follow in her footsteps by naming others who are affiliating with the devil, by doing so they posses power and protect themselves from any accusations against them. Abigail goes to great lengths to get what she wants,
Danforth's power blinds him to the truth, and prevents him from seeing the effect that his actions have on the lives of innocent people Arthur Miller argues that being fearful or damaging one's reputation is what caused people to act irrationally and against their morals, coming off as selfish and arrogant, and leading to the Salem Witch Hysteria. Through the characterization of Hale, Parris and Danforth, it is evident how excessive pride makes people unwilling to admit to their mistakes, with the fear of a reputation damage. Miller's descriptions of the frailty of arrogance, can be used as an example of how arrogance turns people against each
Overall, anyone can see that Abigail had bad intentions from the beginning and she only cares about herself. By looking at The Crucible, one can see that Abigail Williams develops the theme of reputation, which is important because people who fear losing their reputation spread hysteria. She only wants John Proctor and to take Elizabeth Proctor’s spot. She is so evil that she risked innocent people’s life over a