Vengeance vs. Virtue The play The Tempest, by Shakespeare, explores the values of vengeance and forgiveness through the story of Prospero. The main conflict of the story is Prospero's lack of forgiveness for his brother Antonio, who stole his throne. This causes him to seek vengeance on Antonio and all his allies. Through the events of the story, it is evident that there is more value in virtue compared to vengeance. The action of vengeance does not resolve the original issue and in fact, creates internal struggles, while forgiveness allows for a greater sense of happiness.
When Iago requires the help of Roderigo, he convinces him by proclaiming the injustice brought upon him with Cassio being made lieutenant instead of himself. Because he believes Cassio to be inexperienced as he’s “never set a squadron on the field,” (Shakespeare 1.1.23) and he’s had “mere prattle without practice” (Shakespeare 1.1.27). Iago’s animosity and envy towards Cassio and Othello prompts him to carry out whatever it takes to bring them down. By using the people around him, he can manipulate any situation. He brings on the wrath of Brabantio regarding Desdemona, so that there will be a damper on Othello’s reputation.
The shadow archetype, which represents the unconscious mind driven by personal instinct and desire, embodies the role of Cardinal Richelieu in the novel. Cardinal Richelieu is purely driven by the fact that the Queen does not like him. In retaliation, he refuses to leave the Queen alone and tries to make her life miserable. As described by Dumas, “Buckingham had the advantage over him, and in two or three circumstances, particularly that of the diamond studs, had, thanks to the devotedness of the three musketeers and the courage and conduct of D’Artagnan, cruelly mystified him. It was, then, Richelieu’s object, not only to get rid of an enemy of France, but to avenge himself on a rival.” (Dumas, 329) In an effort to prove to the queen that he is worthy of her love, Cardinal Richelieu shows that he is a better man than the Duke of Buckingham.
I choose to do a dramatic interpretation of one the satirical characters in Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Collins. I did a dramatic interpretation of Mr. Collins in today’s society as a teenager. In the novel, Mr. Collins is a pompous clergyman who receives financial support from Lady Catherine De Bourgh. He proposes to Elizabeth, but she refuses his offer, so he proposes to Charlotte Lucas. Mr. Collins is a satirical character because he only cares about how society perceives him and he is used to ridicule men who only care about wealth, power, inheriting land, and inheriting more wealth through marriage.
Violence is caused by power. This epic theatre deals with politics and social issues in very dark times were every king has their own method to become successful. Although the consequences that comes with it, kings avoid failure by choosing methods that can lead to unethical behavior. A king that is considered to be successful is achieving the title at the expense of somebody else. What causes a king in to considering violence?
A hero should always do well for his followers; Richard only proved to be loyal to himself. He abused his people by saying he was “enforced to farm our royal realm, the revenue whereof shall furnish us” (1.4.45-46). King Richard taxed the poor to fund his luxuries and wars, without thinking of how it affected his people. He thought like a man instead of a king and this lead him to not only losing his title, but his credibility. Instead of becoming a tragic hero, he became a tragic fool; not only did he abdicate his throne, because he could not handle the pressure, he showed that was not fit to be a king, even if he was born for it.
The quote illuminates the idea that although Macbeth is crafty, he will eventually be exposed. No matter the virtue and generosity that is shown when hosting these social functions, the tyrant knows that his deception will not last long before it becomes his downfall. Furthermore, Macbeth has the ability to not have his true identity revealed because of the very reason that his action promoted him to a higher status. In contrast to the peasants who were immediately blamed for the death of Duncan, the previous thane of Glamis has done heroics and services that make him seem as though he would never commit a crime of treachery. Peasants cease to have any solid reputation and as result were easy to be framed for the death of
A hero should always do well by his followers; Richard only proved to be loyal to himself only. He abused his people by saying he was “enforced to farm our royal realm, the revenue whereof shall furnish us” (1.4.45-46). King Richard taxed the poor to fund his luxuries and wars, without thinking of how it affected his people. King Richard thought like a man instead of a king and this lead him to not only losing his tittle, but his credibility. Instead of becoming a tragic hero, he became a tragic fool; not only did he abdicate his thrown, because he could not handle the pressure, he showed that was not fit to be a king, even if he was born for it.
Utopia When More wrote Utopia, it was at the peak of Renaissance England. It was a time of apparent cruelty from the wealthy property owners and disease and poverty for others in the kingdom. More himself had been called to advise the king and was in a dilemma. His friend in the dialogue, Hythlodae did not believe in advising kings. He held that kings only used advisers for fiendish ends.
Huckleberry tells us how the King and the Duke are faking being a dead man’s brother. The way the King and the Duke are conmans, shows us that the society in which they live in has become corrupt and difficult to live in. The Duke and the King tell Huck and Jim that they are trustworthy when in reality the only thing they are after is money, this demonstrates the hypocrisy in society. To conclude, in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim encounter many forms of hypocrisy throughout their journey. Huckleberry and Jim were faced with racial, religious, and social hypocrisy, many of which still happen today.