DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS The role of victor is subverting the mythical norms in Frankenstein. Usually the creator is considered superior and perfect in his qualities however, in this novelette, the creator himself is flawed he fails to own his own creation. On the complete contrast, Mary Shelley portrays the Creature to be an isolated figure that spends his life desiring a companion and friendship. The Creature is so rejected by society, so abandoned by Victor and the people he come across, that he becomes filled with hatred towards everyone, particularly for the one who placed him into this terrible state in the first place – Victor. The first abandonment occurred right after the “birth” of the Creature.
He is basically the main character of the novel, from whose perspective the dreadful society and events are shown. He demonstrated that his ethics were in the right place and indicated valor by revolting, however he surrendered. By surrendering he was unable to communicate a message of hope to other individuals. Rather he communicated something specific of gloom which causes Winston to not fit in Orwell's description of a hero; he does not do all he can to change the social system. George Orwell's characterization of Winston's collapse is exemplified further through the dangers of a totalitarian society.
A man does not realistically have perfect morals and intelligence, no one is that pure. Ayn Rand's writing purposefully pushed the mind’s barriers on what one should perceive as an ideal man. Howard Roark was neither a superhero or a realistic man, he was somewhere in between.This all leads him to be perceived as an unrealistic sort of
This being said it seems that honour is the differentiating category in becoming an ideal man. The actions of the monsters, especially Grendel can be seen as hugely shameful in the aristocratic ideal of masculinity, but after his actions his mother still defends him. For this reason I do not think that the ideals of masculinity are the same for both the aristocratic society as for others. Although both sides struggle with these ideals, it is the aristocratic side that truly try to become that ideal of masculinity. The ideals of aristocratic masculinity mean for the men to be brave, loyal and honourable.
While Walton originally comes off as man dripping with toxic masculinity and entitlement- it is Daly who is the antagonist of the show. See, while he may originally seem harmless, Daly has something the common playboy doesn’t: resentment. Consequently, when Daly thinks he isn’t being treated in the way he deserves, it causes a sort of cognitive dissonance within him. The need to fulfill the role of a macho man leads him to create this game where the players have to treat him as the hero… against their will. Using his own coding, Daly creates his own personal Infinity, making it comparable to a Star Trek-like universe.
Jackson Katz’s film Tough Guise 2 seeks to expose how the media promotes a toxic ideology behind what makes a man masculine and show that it is a social construct. For decades print, television, videogames, and film have presented masculinity in a way that makes men think the only way to be manly is to be emotionally unavailable, sexually aggressive, and violent. This ideology has been a curse on culture in America and many other countries around the world. “We're not living in the Wild West. We're not a Third World nation” (Katz).
Both men possess an egotistic attitude and have an overwhelming sense of pride in their achievements. As highly regarded and elevated members of their community, their rise to power is short lived as they lose their legacy as respected men in their lands. They are united by kingship, and are driven to their tragic end by forces within and outside of their control. Okonkwo is responsible for the disasters that come to him and his tribe, while divine forces conspired against Oedipus, who must accept the brutal truth of his life and his role within it. Okonkwo and Oedipus are doomed heroes, as facets of their character, such as their social status, imperfections, and self-righteousness, play a huge role in how much these men can determine their own disastrous fate.
This evolution becomes the difference between a classic tale of heroism and the nobility of the hero triumphing against all odds, to the all-too familiar story of one man’s ego collapsing in on itself and bringing everyone down along with it. The Natural seeks to subvert the fantasy and idealism of the King Arthur legends by giving the hero the attitude of many modern-day legends and how that leads to his failure. With the final words of the novel closing on the grim picture of a lone man on a dark street, with the newspapers proclaiming his foolish past mistakes and his weakness of character, the novel makes its’ themes clear. Roy is the Percival who failed, because he is the Percival who failed to be a true
Loyalty or Love “Father, the gods instill good sense in men—the greatest of all the things which we possess.” (lines 776-777) In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, Haemon’s actions and ideas cause conflicting motivations between he and his father, Creon. As Haemon is faced with choosing loyalty or love his motivations accentuate Creon’s arrogance, power, and foolishness. Ultimately, the conflicting motivations establish Creon as a tragic hero by making him realize his selfishness is what caused his downfall. The character interactions between Haemon and Creon allow the plot to advance through confrontations between the two characters, which in the end caused Haemon to turn against his father. The actions, words, and beliefs displayed by Haemon contrast
Therefore, Beowulf is even more of an ideal masculine hero because he adheres the the Anglo-Saxon gender roles. He outright rejects feminine traits ergo, his character propagates ideals to the audience. In addition, the ability to sacrifice one’s life is tied directly to masculinity. When Grendel’s mother is seeking revenge for her son and needs to be killed, Unferth does not portray manly will. Thus, he is described as “not man enough/ to face the turmoil of a fight… and to risk his life”(1468-70).