In the play “Romeo and Juliet”, Romeo is the tragic hero. In particular, Romeo’s character comes from a highstanding title. Romeo is the son of the Montagues, who are a very wealthy family. Similarly, the Montague family has an abundance of loyal connections to their name. Foremost, Romeo has inherited a prominent social status: “He bores him like a portly gentleman.
Shakespeare gives Mercutio a childlike characterization, making him appear like he is stubborn and does not care if he gets in trouble or not. Although, the consequences might be death, since they were threatened by Prince in the previous scene if they started another brawl. Shakespeare characterizes Mercutio as very childlike and violent through the use of tone and conflict, in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare makes Mercutio seem like free spirited person, not knowing what to expect out of him next. With this in mind, the way Mercutio expresses himself tells it all.
Malvolio is the enforcer of rules in Twelfth Night, but only when it best serves him. He acts as a distinct contrast to the other minor characters in the play. Maria, Fabian, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew all tend to enjoy frivolity and this is not the lifestyle that Malvolio approves of. He acts as though he is sound of morals and uses logic at all times but the moment his dreams can be achieved he has no qualms about doing whatever he can to get them. He emphasizes the place and status of the others, despite lacking the titles and real power that some of them have.
The minor characters side stories that weave dramatic irony throughout the play makes the story line all the more fascinating. Malvolio, who is Olivia’s attendant, has the meanest of tricks played on him, and the trick is made considerably more amusing due the nearness of emotional incongruity. The sensational incongruity is made when Malvolio gets a note sent in penmanship that has all the earmarks of being Olivia's. The gathering of people, in any case, realizes that the note was rather composed by Olivia's worker, yet Malvolio trusts it to be composed by Olivia herself. The note gives Malvolio particular directions to win Olivia's adoration, and is loaded with things that are abnormal for Malvolio.
The growth of characters in stories is traditionally based upon a need to change in order to overcome a conflict. However, in Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Was Almost A Man”, Dave Saunder’s conflict is changing as a person, becoming older, and achieving all the status that being a man entails. “One of these days he was going to get a gun and practice shooting, then they couldn’t talk to him as though he were a little boy” (Wright 215). This quote exemplifies the constant urge to be respected as a man, an intangible asset that Dave hopes to achieve with the acquiring of tangible assets. Richard Wright utilizes physical objects and social interactions to shape the motivation of the protagonist, Dave Saunders, into a character motivated by a yearning for a premature transition into adulthood.
Dorothy being a vulnerable six years old girl, becomes one of the most powerful being in the land of Oz. The death of the Wicked Witch of the East made her a national hero of the Munchkins. Baum characterizes Dorothy as a strong female character. She displays perseverance and independence in order to reach her goal, to go back to Kansas. Considering her young age, it is expected from her to feel disoriented and vulnerable, however she finds solutions to her problems and carries them through.
When Olivia is first entertained by the Fool, she recognizes that “[Malvolio] [is] sick of self-love,” revealing Malvolio’s arrogance (Twelfth Night 1.5, 89-92). This arrogance is linked to his Christian self-righteousness when Maria describes him as “a puritan...an affectioned ass…[that] persuaded of himself,...that it is his grounds of faith that all that look on him love him, (TN 2.3, 145-150). Thus, Maria identifies that Malvolio’s self-love is tied up in his piousness, and that he uses his moral superiority as justification for his high opinion of himself. Malvolio takes this pride and sense of superiority further by desiring to be “Count Malvolio,” and imagining Sir Toby “curts[ying]” to him, indicating not only his desire for prestige and power, but his belief that Sir Toby is physically lower than himself because of his “drunkenness,”(TN 2.5, 34, 60-73). Malvolio thus uses his Puritanism as fuel for his actions and desires, imagining himself to be morally superior to Sir Toby and therefore more entitled to a higher social position.
Dorothy’s character contradicts the common representation of females in novels. Baum’s narration of Dorothy conflicts with the stereotype of women needing a man in order to survive. Instead of a ‘knight in shining armor’ archetype rescuing a ‘damsel in distress’, Dorothy appears to save the male characters. She further demonstrates her strength and confidence “when Dorothy, fearing Toto would be killed, and heedless of danger, rushed forward and slapped the Lion upon his nose as hard as she could,” (Baum 43). She has control over an animal that is considered to be the ‘king of the jungle’ and protects her companions.
In general, there are seven dominating topics in the play. Race is an extremely important theme because it leads to Othello 's insecurity, which enables Iago to manipulate him. Regardless of his status and military dexterity, Othello never feels at ease in Venice because of his dissimilitude. As a Moor, he is continually stereotyped in an insulting way (“the thick lips”, “stranger” (Shakespeare, 2016, p.124, l.65), even though he speaks in an eloquent fashion and displays better manners than all those judging him, mainly Roderigo, Iago, and Brabantio. Othello 's race differentiates him from all other characters and makes him very self-conscious.
He can be described through three main components: his personality, motivations, and actions. Friar Laurence is depicted as an optimistic, irresponsible, and honest character throughout the play. As a cleric of Verona, he has many responsibilities. One to him, is to keep the town at peace and avoid conflict so he strives to resolve the ongoing feud between the Montagues and Capulets. After falling in love, Romeo and Juliet consult the Friar and inform him of their secret love, asking him to marry them.