Some people believe that they can take control of their lives and and create their own destiny, while others believe there is a natural force that decides what our destiny will be. In the texts Macbeth and The Iraq War Blog, authors Shakespeare and Faiza Al-Alajir present the theme of not having control over one's destiny, through tragedy and history.
Control is defined as the power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events. In play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare there is control, love, hatred, jealousy, and happiness. Oberon controls people to feel anger, he controls people out of power, and controls people out of love.
One powerful tool to gain power over an induvidual is minipulation. In goldings novel lord of the flies many characters are minipulated and power changes hand through many characters. The key character that creates power through manipulation is jack. The three ways he uses this manipulation is by violance , food and fear. One of the most powerful forms of manipulation that jack uses in the novel is fear.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a well known story that revolves around the word “ambition” but this ambition isn’t always self driven by someone, but rather through the influence of someone else who maintains control of the situation. The story is about a man whose desire to be the king and have power leads to the murders of those who might stand in his way. Throughout the story we see many characters who play major parts in how one event follows another, and how some characters seem to completely have control of the events in the story. Although in Macbeth the Three Sisters and Macbeth exhibit some control over the events, Lady Macbeth has the most responsibility.
Repression is the process of forcing thoughts into the unconscious and preventing painful or dangerous thoughts from entering consciousness. It develops when an individual accepts influence because he hopes to achieve a favorable reaction from another person or group. He adopts the induced behavior because he expects to gain specific rewards or approval and avoid specific punishment or disapproval. Through the play Hamlet, and two short stories The Boat, and The Ones Who Walks Away From Omelas, readers are able to explore the devastating consequences lead by the characters' failure to act against the influence of the others, and ultimately repressing their own thoughts and emotions rather than holding fast to what
Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the reprecussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth 's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we can clearly see their effect on Macbeth as it greatly contrasts to that of Banquo. In fact, Macbeth becomes
Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the repercussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches' prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we
Many people in our society and in history abuse the power they have been granted; such as taking advantage of someone or manipulating someone with the ability to punish them if they don't agree.
One example is in the poem “sestina” is when the Almanac controls the grandmas and Child's emotions, “time to plant tears’ says the Almanac” ready to place sadness (Bishop 37). These details show that the almanac can do what he wants and when he wants because no one can stop. Because no one has power over him he can control what happens in the grandmother's life, therefore, making her powerless towards him. Same as when Marguerite sees Chauvelin and “the sight of the French cure seemed to freeze the blood in Marguerite's veins,” and shock her (Orczy 157). These details show how Marguerite acts when she sees Chauvelin and helps the reader visualize what's happened. Marguerite is powerless towards Chauvelin because she hates him and frightens her. These are similar in how they both show someone having power over another.
Characters such as Nurse Ratched and McMurphy both abuses their power that they built around, the power they had in place was used to control people around them. In the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest McMurphy tried to use his power for good but was stopped and foiled by Nurse Ratched and her Minions followers. In One scene of the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest McMurphy tried to get the patients to go against Nurse Retched orders by throwing a party, by doing that he broke many laws that was put in place and disrespected Nurse Ratched as an authority figure. McMurphy wanted to prove to all the
In our world, manipulation takes place in everyday life as a natural impulse for both men and women. In Macbeth, manipulation is centralized around the mask of ambition displaying dominance over humanity. Certainly the witch’s, Lady Macbeth, and our fallen hero Macbeth become puppets of Manipulation it self. Consequently the witch’s power to influence decision-making causes the initial deterioration of Macbeth, along with Lady Macbeth’s influential desire for the throne, and thus Macbeth use of manipulation to create a new embodiment of a mask suffused in ambition for his own cruel deeds.
Manipulation is shown in many ways such as politics, the media, misleading information and false advertising. To convey one’s thoughts to your own advantage is seen as crude and unnecessary. However, many people have their reasons in manipulating someone whether they are good or bad. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the concept of taking advantage of someone through manipulation leads to unnecessary, horrible events.
Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream film adaptation creates a fantastical spin on the well-known Shakespeare play. The director is able to create an effective dream-like setting with the use of projections, lighting, and puppetry. From the beginning, there is a sense of wonder created, as without word or introduction, Puck, played by Kathryn Hunter, glides onto stage and lays down on a mattress supported by branches. Puck is then lifted into the air and a large white sheet consumes the stage. Even for those familiar with the play, such as myself, it immediately commands your mind to travel to the dream world Taymor has created.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone who has no interest in you and doesn’t love you back? Did that person suddenly start loving you out of nowhere? In A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Helena’s hunger for love brings out a desperate side in her and takes her through interesting adventures with love. One can infer that love is hurtful by how Helena reacts to love in a foolish manner and remains skeptical about it even near the end of the play.
may go to greater extremes than others to obtain this power. For instance, in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth was characterized as a good man, well renowned for winning a battle. His wife, on the contrary, Lady Macbeth, has a strong urge to obtain power and she is willing to do anything to acquire it. She implemented the thought of destroying everyone who stood in the way along the path to reach royalty in Macbeth’s mind by making him feel like he as though he is less of a man if he decided not to. Since she is a woman, reach royalty on her own, so she uses her husband, a man who she vowed to love, as a catalyst to get the power she craved. The excessive desire for power can cause one to do things a normal person wouldn’t do.