In films and literature, darkness often represents fear and misery, whereas light portrays joy and cheerfulness. Shakespeare undoubtedly utilizes these connotations in his tragedy Romeo and Juliet, as light imagery is used in order to establish joyous atmospheres and display the elation of being in love, whereas dark imagery is used to create tension and portray the distress that love can inflict. Thus, through Shakespeare’s use of light and dark imagery in Romeo and Juliet, it is undeniable that he effectively creates atmosphere and reinforces the theme of love as a source of joy and pain. Firstly, light imagery is used in pursuance of establishing a romantic atmosphere, whereas dark imagery is employed in order to generate suspense. Throughout the play, Romeo frequently describes Juliet as a source of light that brightens his life, which displays his impetuous passion to be with her, consequently creating a romantic atmosphere.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the author, though the journey of Amir, portrays that when man betrays another, the guilt of his actions will lead him to heave a desire to redeem himself. Due to Amir’s feelings of detachment from his father, he is driven to betray his brother and friend, Hassan, by abandoning him in an alley to be raped. Throughout the first few pages of the novel, Amir and his father, Baba, are obviously removed from each other, which causes Amir to have a desire to receive affection from him. Contextually, the reason for this divide stems from Amir’s mother, and Baba’s wife, dying in childbirth. Due to this, Amir feels resentment from his father because he turned out to be less masculine, and was not
The difference between the two emotions are drastic, but Shakespeare explores the idea that they are similar. Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet; neither are born with hate, but both learn it. The couple learn to love, but the deception and misunderstandings lead to catastrophic endings. The relationship that they manifest displays the way they are taught to love, and how hatred interrupts these relationships. In Romeo and Juliet, hatred ironically reinforces the central theme of love.
During the confrontation, the wretch plead with Victor to listen to his side of the story. Frankenstein’s monster wishes to be a happy and docile creature, and says that he only murdered because he felt hated and betrayed, and only wanted to take revenge on his God. The wretch shows his education, comparing himself to the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, stating “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed.” (pg 90). The wretch begins his story, becoming the narrator of the novel. He recalls his first memories, as he traveled through villages and was rejected at every turn.
The creature holds the Romantic philosophy that beings are created to be innately good and that suffering and misfortune create vices within us. He holds out further hope that a better circumstance can set him right again. He explains, “My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor, and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal” (159). He metaphorically refers to his vices as children to show they are the direct result of loneliness. While his sins include violent anger inducing him to set a cottage on fire, strangle a little child, and frame a young woman, he argues that he can become good again if he is allowed meaningful fellowship.
Dimmesdale is the victim of his conscience only, “He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal of a guilty conscience”(136). Dimmesdale's conscience not only allows him no peace, but is a source of constant torment to him. He is constantly haunted by a sense of his own guilt. Concealing his mistake for as long serves only to intensify his misery. He undergoes various kinds of penance, including vigils, fasts, and flagellation.
The monster, like man, was born innocent but tainted by societal pressure. The monster’s abandonment by Victor causes him to strive for acceptance. As the monster begins realizing his separation from man through his terrifying figure, he realizes his inability to be normal. The monster also loses his final attempt for happiness as he is denied a female companion. The epiphany of his failure causes his outrage and transition from good to evil.
Having control over a situation gives Hamlet the self control he needs to plan rationally and regain some level of control over the formerly puzzling situation. When Hamlet knows that he has no control, he loses his own control and plunges into an irrational frenzy of attempts to recover his already limited control. The concept of outside influence on inner control, especially mental state, was not a new one; Shakespeare gave even his less insightful characters the notion that Hamlet’s madness was based on grief and rejection. This is important because it means he expected the audience of Hamlet to understand that any person’s sanity is affected by
He has no idea that his best friend is going to bury him alive. The irony in this situation lies in the fact that Montresor says that he is worried about his friend's health, even though he intends to kill this so called “friend.” Edgar Allan Poe masters the art of verbal irony, and “The Cask of Amontillado” is crammed full of it. The use of verbal irony only strengthens the story. Because of Poe's dark and depressing history, he is able to masterfully explore the deep places of the human conscience. His experiences and his mastery of verbal irony create a twisted mangle of dark layers that truly make this story a gripping
It is clear that the monster wasn’t born to be a murderous, deceptive, villain. Instead, it was his surroundings that slowly molded him into such a wicked being. “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you so wantonly bestowed upon me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge.” (Chapter 16, page 146) This outburst occurs right after being rejected by the beloved De Lacey’s.