Though they have their differences, this sinister duo have a relatable story. It is not uncommon to see them drop their innocent facade and demolish everything pure and good in the world. The consequences of their actions caught up with them, eventually leading to the death of both the Marquis
Her agonizing fall climaxes as Mrs. Hale realizes that “She was going to bury it (the canary) in that pretty box” (Glaspell 16), uncovering a motive for the killing of her husband. The respective protagonists were also driven into madness by their husbands and a lack of support from their friends. With the narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” her husband as well as her husband’s sister were simply ignorant to her pleas for help. Minnie Wright, on the other hand, suffered from a mentally and physically abusive relationship and a lack of support from any friends at all. Despite the commonplace of men in powerful positions in each story, they are both considered feminist works as women are given a larger role and have better ideas than
Hamlet has come to see his mother, Queen Gertrude, and ends up stabbing Lord Polonius, which ultimately leads to his death. Lord Polonius’ final words include “O, I am slain!” Even though this provides a slight amount of comic relief to the reader, it has a reverse effect on Ophelia’s mental state. Her father’s death seems to be the potent punch in this fight because she officially goes mad after this final event. This is apparent in Scene IV Act I, when Laertes has come back to visit his sister and check on her well being. He is disappointed to see that Ophelia is displaying irrational behavior when she begins to sing “They bore him barefac’d on the bier; Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny; And on his grave rains many a tear.” She is so mentally ill that she must be locked in a padded room during the day.
She gets left alone and decides to take her own life “O, happy dagger! This is thy sheath! [stabs herself ] There Rust, and let me die.” Juliet takes her husbands knife and uses her chest as the sheath hence stabbing herself, she does this because she (much like Romeo) thinks that without their lover there is no purpose to life. Love can be dangerous and in the tragedy Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare shows that it leads to death, sadness, and destruction for the populus of Verona. Much like war affects many middle eastern countries today killing and tearing apart families until nothing is left to show but a crater or in the case of the Capulets and Montagues statues of their fallen
Both King Lear and Sunset Boulevard scrutinize the idea of the progressive madness taken on by main characters, King Lear and Norma Desmond. Their insanity is taken on through different, self-imposed reasons. For King Lear, the King, himself, is at fault as he idly watches, in a credulous role, as his daughters steal his power. Likewise, Norma Desmond plummets to the ground, along with her acting career, as she is quickly overlooked with the introduction of voice into the film industry. Through ignorance and egocentrism, both characters are at fault for their own deterioration, and eventual madness.
“A Rose for Emily” is a dark, suspenseful Gothic tale in which a young girl is put on a pedestal by a town who sees her as haughty and scornful. Miss Emily Grierson’s father controls her and her love life, pushing away all people until he dies and Emily is left alone. As her life goes on the townspeople watch her and judge Emily, almost turning her life into a spectacle to be talked about. At her death, a gruesome sight is unfolded when her lover of over forty years ago is found decomposed in her upstairs room. William Faulkner effectively builds epic suspense in “A Rose for Emily” by the unchronological order of the story, the treatment of Emily’s father towards her, and her family’s history of mental illness.
Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, pushes him over the edge and manipulates him into murdering the king. Lady Macbeth does many evil things throughout the play, but the guilt and her weakness causes her to crack under pressure. Lady Macbeth has shown her true, wicked intelligence through planning out the murder of Duncan. However, she soon breaks under the pressure showing how weak she really is. She
1, when Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, is found sleep walking in the night while speaking out of her unconscious mind. After Lady Macbeth slips away from the main plotline, having just murdered King Duncan, she plummets into deep feelings of guilt. This scene allowed Shakespeare to show how guilt truly affected Lady Macbeth, which sent a strong message to the audience that guilt will ultimately lead to destruction. Freud also states “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore” (Article Freud).
Blanche’s anger of being lonely results in her envious feelings towards her sister, so she plans to devastate her sister’s life and this creates the idea of sibling rivalry ( DiGaetani 69). For instance, in the first she comments on her sister’s apartment saying “What are you doing in a place like this?” (Williams 19). Her comment reflects her malice feelings, because she is homeless and her sister is living in an apartment with her husband. Moreover, Blanche insists on describing Stanley with rough descriptions in front of her sister, she told Stella “you are married to a madman”( Williams 64). In addition, she described Stanley as being a “ Pig”.