Despite the call of his lusts and passion for the influential queen, his dutiful character troubles him when choosing between this romance and duty. “Fair queen, oppose not what the gods command: forced by my fate, I leave your happy land” (lb 131) he guiltily laments upon her distress. Virgil allows the audience to glimpse the conflict that permeates through the heart of his hero. This foretaste evokes a bit of sympathy for Aeneas, yet the reader’s sympathy is drawn more so towards the “wretched queen, pursued by cruel Fate” (lb143) as she rashly chooses death over the loss of the Trojan. There remains a constant battle within Aeneas’s mind concerning his abandonment of the queen to seek out the glory of the gods as fate would allow.
Multiple harsh scenarios give a detailed outline on how Blanche can ruin a character 's self esteem without doing much harm to her own. Blanche buries her own personal flaws by attention seeking , flirtatious behavior, lying and drinking. “Blanches most fundamental regret as we see her in new orleans, is not that she happened to marry a homosexual… Blanche’s concern that, when made aware of her husband 's sexuality she brought on the boys suicide” (Berkman 252) When Blanche judges somebody else it take weight off her shoulders from her own life struggles. Allan killing himself was just another layer of filth that Blanche tends not to acknowledge. The act of Allan Grey killing himself after Blanche discover’s that he is a homesexual is what started the chain of events for Blanche to take on majority of her traits.
That also causes him to attempt desperate measures and to get Juliet to fake her death. Not only does he lie, but he comes up with an idea rooted in dishonesty that he perpetuates. It satisfies Juliet, but it devastates the parents--after all, they lost a child! Friar Lawrence’s default to dishonesty and terrible planning skills ultimately cause the lovers’
The aftermath of this desire leads her to feel as if she has been entrapped by society, ultimately leading to her destruction. Edna 's inability to surrender to the notions of society causes her think in illusory ways that are unsustainable. It seems inevitable that Edna, at some point, will arouse from the dream that she is living; Edna 's decease was imminent from the moment of her awakening. Throughout the book, it is clear that Edna is searching for contentedness; however, it seemed the more she longed for contentment, the more she—paradoxically—exhibited contemptuous behavior. This is exemplified by the thoughts of Mr. Pontellier: It sometimes entered Mr. Pontellier 's mind to wonder if his wife were not growing a little unbalanced mentally.
Eventually, this results in failure as she is unable to find solace against the harshness of reality. Throughout the play, Blanche turns to her illusions as a defense mechanism in order to hide the truth from herself and others. After discovering her husband’s affair with another man, she told him that he disgusted her. As a result of this deliberate act of cruelty, her husband decides to commit suicide. When arguing with Stanley, Blanche exclaims, “Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable.
While Aylmer clearly believes that his wife’s birthmark tarnishes her beauty, the way Hawthorne presents the situation is a bit different. As a reader you begin to see the birthmark as something that should be cherished and, instead, see the main character’’s lack of love as a disgrace and a “darkness.” What’s even darker, is that Aylmer is able to convince Georgiana, herself, that the birthmark must be gone. The further the reader gets in the story, the more tortured Georgiana seems, until her husband, the person who is supposed to love her most, murders her, to rid her of imperfection. The fact the Aylmer deems Georgiana’s beauty more important than her life and sticks to this belief so strongly is a perfect demonstration of inner-darkness and corruption among men. Through Aylmer, Hawthorne shines a light on the darkest
In Sophocles’ Philoctetes, shame is evident throughout the first half of the play. Soon after Odysseus starts his conversation with Neoptolemus, the latter starts to feel shameful for what he is about to enter: Neoptolemus refuses to maneuver and “deceive” (55) Philoctetes “with beguiling words”, for which he believes is not in his “nature to practice” (88). Odysseus, on the other hand, while convincing Neoptolemus to deceive Philoctetes to court the latter, expresses shame too. Yet, he explains that the stakes are too high that although it’s not in Neoptolemus’ nature to “consider or articulate such cunning”, the end results would bring joy. Unwillingly, Neoptolemus accepts the duty and encounters an embarrassed Philoctetes.
Light symbolizes the tragedy of Blanche’s first love and the heartbreak that was unbearable to her soul. Blanche realizes that her phobia of light ruins her self-confidence without having a chance to escape and believes happiness is a joke in life. Blanche discovers her revelation when she confronts her phobia of light in Stella and Stanley’s apartment. She discovers the purpose of Mitch dumping her for the quality of being deceitful. In Act IX, Williams characterizes Mitch as the man who observes Blanche’s avoidance of light from sorrow and idealism: “What it means is I’ve never had a real good look at you, Blanche.
During this time, when Othello spots Desdemona with Cassio, Othello takes it out on her, thinking that she didn’t really love him. Desdemona feels somewhat guilty after this. “Some critics respond to the issue of Desdemona's guilt by suggesting that Shakespeare deliberately makes Desdemona's character ambiguous in order to give Othello's jealousy a motive” (Smith). In every cheating relationship, there is jealousy and guilt. “From an interpersonal perspective, the prototypical cause of guilt would be the infliction of harm, loss, or distress on a relationship partner (Baumeister 3).
It is easy to see Medea as a betrayed wife and to forget that she is also vindictive and heartless. How do you see Medea? Euripides’s Medea explores the conflict between a demigoddess and the male patriarchy amidst a breakdown of marital vows. Medea can be easily perceived to be a victim of Jason and the male dominant society through the misogynism she suffers. Medea’s persuasive rhetoric, along with the complete support of The Chorus and The Nurse, positions the audience to align with her, having suffered “suffering’s worse”.