He was full of contradictions - it is visible that it was often the case that his heart was fighting with his mind. I believe that we should remember that even “historical heroes” were still human beings who sometimes made mistakes - because no one is perfect and flawless. From the perspective of time it is very easy to judge someone and enumerate all those bad things they have done. We should keep balance and remember that good actions do not cross out all the bad behaviours and the other way round. Figures from the past are great examples to follow and their mistakes should be treated as a lesson for the next
It was easy to see black and white, bad and good. There wasn't much gray area to them. They believed what they believed and didn’t consider alternatives. They were, as we view it now, strict and traditional. "Behaviour that's admired / is the path to power among people everywhere" (Heaney 24-25).
Through Capote’s exquisite diction and use of phrases such as “flawlessly devised,” he befittingly portrays Hickock’s lack of remorse . Out of context, the words themselves suggest Dick was a satisfactory deviser, however, upon closer inspection, Capote’s disparaging tone shines through, enabling the reader to discern Dick’s impenitent actions, establishing Perry as the more humane of the two. Due to Hickock’s callous personality and Capote’s admiration for Perry, the author’s difficulty masking his contempt for Dick invokes a seeping bias,
As David Foster Wallace’s speech ‘This is Water” states, he recognizes that we are exceptionally lucky to live in a society that prizes tolerance and diversity of belief. Where do these beliefs come from? These beliefs are the product of what he calls our ‘default setting’. We are hard-wired to be deeply and literally self-centered and arrogant. We operate with blind certainty, “a close mindedness that amounts to an imprisonment so total that the prisoner doesn’t even know he’s locked up.” He also admits that a huge percentage of what he believes is correct is wrong.
Charles Simic’s ‘Summertime’ at first glance seems like a complex, difficult to comprehend article with no distinct point or outlying message. Some would most likely claim that it is too eccentric, descriptive, and wordy, which is agreeable. Although, this article also speaks of simplicity, beauty, and wonder. This article is intimidating. Large and uncommonly descriptive words, a strange and difficult thought process, and an aspect that makes one think that Simic is working hard at sewing a complex web through his phrasing, but it is also very appealing.
Psychopaths : An Annotated Bibliography Psychopaths are people that have always amused me. The ability to not feel, the ability to be remorseless, and the ability to be heartless. I believe that there is more than one definition to psychopathy, and I will be proving this with my sources. Bate, Carolyn et al. “Psychopathy, Intelligence and Emotional Responding in a Non-Forensic Sample: An Experimental Investigation.” The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 25.5 (2014): 600–612.
Voltaire uses satire, irony and extreme exaggerations to poke fun at many aspects; such as optimism, religion, corruption, and social structures within Europe. Candide begins to realize that life is not always as it seems. The most prevalent use of satire is demonstrated by Pangloss, the optimist. His philosophy is that they are living “the best of all possible worlds” and that everything happens for a reason. Candide and his tutor are a perfect example of blissful ignorance.
People are neutral, empty and untainted for the most part. The surrounding world is a great influencer; people take up the behavior and information given to them and create the mold of themself. This is conquerable by those willing to defeat the pressures that surrounds them. There is no clear origin of each character, but each one does have factors that definitely shape who they are have carry out actions that are deeper than the surface. For instance, Abner causes multiple destructive instances in the story without really any other motive other than pure anger.
The ability to have unfettered access to people’s thoughts—to stare, to follow them anywhere, to see past lies—is an exceptional privilege in our society and allows the angels, Damiel and Cassiel to develop an extremely profound view on the human experience. In the end this omniscience tires one of them—perhaps too much analysis, too much perception and too much understanding undermines the human experience where there is always an element of the unknown, a constant suspense of vulnerability and of human emotion. Omniscience places a great burden upon Daniel, who desires the trapeze artist, Marion, who is completely oblivious to him and his black and white world. The difference in perspective of the characters is accentuated visually through the selective use of color film when the world of the humans is represented and in black and white when the film is in the angels’ perspective. The angels can read minds they know what one thinks—for them there is no inference, no nuance to social interaction which many might think is a blessing, but feels like a curse to them.
He is able to control Othello’s imagination to such an extent that the web of lies he weaves around him becomes the truth to Othello. Such is his mastery of language that he is able to adapt it as per the requirements of the situation and the individual that he faces. He presents himself as extremely honest, and everyone believes him. Yet we know that he is not what he says he is from the very beginning – from his conversation with Rodrigo. Karl Zender is his essay The humiliation of Iago expresses Iago’s hold over language and people in this way: “Iago asserts his complete freedom to make any signifier mean anything.