A final example of Oedipus’s short temper is when he argues with Creon about being the killer of Laius. The argument heats up and Oedipus loses his temper and threatens to banish or kill Creon. Creon goes to Jocasta and states, “Sister, Oedipus your husband, thinks he has the right to do terrible wrongs-he has but to choose between two terrors: banishing or killing me” (Sophocles 448). Again, Oedipus must defeat those who seem to be against him even though they are not his enemy. It is his anger that causes Oedipus to lash out and act
Poe depicts Montresor as a maniacal character because of his brutal thought to kill Fortunato for an insult pertaining to himself. For instance, Montresor personally states his disgust for Fortunato: “But when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1082). Montresor never clarifies Fortunato’s insult, but it is offensive enough for him to want his death. Additionally, Montresor carries arrogance and will not harm his dignity. In fact, he desires for Fortunato to suffer from all sincere regret.
This is shown when he breaks up the fight between the Capulets and Montagues to restore the peace. He doesn’t particularly hate the Capulets and Montagues, he is just tired of their feud. For example, he says, “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,/ That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love;/ And I, for winking at your discords too,/ Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished.” (V, iii, 296-299) He means that because of Lord Capulet’s and Montague’s feud, Romeo and Juliet died. The Prince creates harmony because he loves Verona and wants to protect the people living in it.
Criss Jami once said, "Confidence turns into pride only when you are in denial of your mistakes." Pride finds a way to elicit the worst in someone. Unwanted pride can be seen evident in ones daily life, education, politics, history, etc. Could pride educe the best in someone? Maybe; however, I agree with Playwright Sophocles that , "all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.
Placing the Blame The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet truly becomes a tragedy once Mercutio, Romeo’s close friend, is killed by the hand of Tybalt. Multiple claims could be made regarding who is responsible for Mercutio’s death, but he himself is ultimately to blame. Once Tybalt approaches him, Mercutio begins to instigate. The heat at the time of this scene was hardly bearable, making matters worse as Mercutio quickly becomes irritable. He made insulting comments and aggravating remarks, pushing Tybalt to the point of fighting.
Macbeth is at a serious loss of integrity in these moments as he does the horrific deed by following an apparition, “Is this a dagger I see before me?”. It can be questioned whether the apparition was something more than his own desire to kill and him needing a reason or excuse to get blood on his hands without feeling guilt and with this he doesn’t take responsibility for the actions he carried out. Although Macbeths actions against the king were moments of extreme lack in nobility and integrity, he follows through with great guilt “To I know my deed twere best not know myself. Wake Duncan. I would thou couldst” “all Neptune’s ocean cannot clean his hands”, this metaphor/hyperbole brings back his original character of honor where he is saying that no amount of Neptune’s water can clear his guilt or wash away the blood on his hands or the mistake he has made.
With this, his life became an endless cycle of useless habits that only led to depression and eventual suicide. These three fictional characters’ stories can succinctly be paraphrased as “seek and you shall not find,” speaking in terms of the pursuit of happiness. Another character in Death of a Salesman, ironically named, is Happy Loman. Happy is almost a replica of Willy Loman, and his competitive nature is directed at pursuing women rather than business successes. On page 23 of Death of a Salesman Happy says “And it's crazy.
One’s integrity represents their true character, and treason shows lack of trust and allegiance. Brutus turns to an entirely different person than he used to be, after he murders Caesar. Clearly, he lacks core values as a respected man. In Act 4, Scene 3, Brutus defends his actions and attempts to justify his sin: “Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?” Although Brutus was good friends with Caesar, he seems to disregard all of it. He knows he is under scrutiny and is willing to forgo his entire past because of his misdeed.
If you had been told your entire life that books are evil, it would be hard to change your views without experiencing it for yourself. When Beatty talks to Montag, he tries to convince him that he should not be curious about books. Beatty tells him the truth about their society. By sharing this with Montag, Beatty makes Montag rethink everything that he thought that he knew about life. Beatty enabled Montag to see how terrible their society is and how unhappy he is; even though that had not been Beatty’s intention.
On the outer shell, Grendel is a monstrous villain who hates mankind, but the reader soon realizes, in reality, he just wants to fit in. Since Grendel knows he will never fit in, he decides to destroy what he cannot have and he "[understands] that the world [is] nothing: [but] a mechanical chaos of casualties, brute enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears. I understood, finally and absolutely, I alone exist" (Gardner 22). Instead of criticizing the villain, Grendel makes the reader sympathize with him by saying " [he] alone exist[s]". Thus allowing the reader to interpret the tone better because of how Grendel expresses his feeling.