He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel. He “stood on the verge of lunacy” (135), tortured by both himself and by Chillingworth. Even when he finally reveals his sin, he dies right after, admitting his cowardice in that he would rather die than experience public shame. He may have lived an easier life had he revealed his secret, but he was too focused on upholding his current moral righteousness that he could not bring himself to divulge his wrongdoings. His own shame was so strong that it led to
Sociologically, true alienation and loneliness leads to depression and suicide. Psychologically, guilt and regret drive the force of internal conflict and corruption. Half of those who know the truth about Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne have made the Reverend promise to never reveal the truth, while the other half intends to torture Dimmesdale endlessly, sending him into a downward spiral until what remains has no trace to the young and beloved Reverend Dimmesdale. For example, Dimmesdale exclaims, "I should long ago have thrown off these garments of mock holiness and have shown myself to mankind as they will see me at the judgement-seat." The Reverend wishes only to feel the relief and freedom that washes over Hester by shedding the facade of holiness that holds Dimmesdale in such Hugh regard.
His opening phrase in this scene is, “ “Faith kept me back a while” replied a young man, with tremor in his voice” (406). Although Goodman Brown’s conversation with his wife delayed him, he was referring to his faith in Puritan beliefs. In the beginning, he is uneasy with the idea of darkness and the unknown because that is all he has learned is to stay true to God. His faith is all he has known his whole life and deviating away from that ideal lifestyle is a foreign yet tempting idea. This is evident when he says, “ “Too far!
Otherwise, human choices will lead man to God. Deception likewise creates an obvious irony in The Screwtape Letters. This lie has doomed the demons to consume and distrust one another. The predatory relationship between Screwtape and Wormwood bears testament to this. We will investigate how deception and its results
The Chorus states that when Creon finally admits to his wrong doings, it is, “late in learning [his lesson]”, conveying Creon’s stubbornness lead to his downfall (Exodos). The Chorus also states that his final action of mortality is “right in so much wrong”, conveying that his trifling and futile attempt to fix his problem did not help in the mass of wrongdoing (Exodus). Creon has done so much wrong that it does not help that he has tried to right them. Creon many mistakes, and his inability to learn from them with his people’s advice further advocates his wrongdoings and inadequate leadership. Creon, the king in Antigone, a play written by Sophocles, is a poor leader.
In Poisonwood Bible and Things Fall Apart, the spearheading male characters succumb to doubts of their own validity despite being initially established as the ones with the most power. The urge to exercise this inherent power reflects an instability within the minds of the owners, creating a sort of deterrence so that outsiders don’t examine closer. If they do, they see brokenness, doubt, fear...all things that a man in power should not feel and should not have the right to feel. These perpetrators of cruelty show their weakness through their actions, as their character is not strong enough to be convincing based on values alone, and slowly chip away at them despite having the intentions of doing the opposite. Those on the receiving end, however, are the ones who benefit in the end, as they become aware of one’s true personality and realize that there is more possibility outside of the abuse.
In the end of the short story, the narrator couldn’t bear “the hypocrital smiles” nor “the beating of his hideous heart” and admitted his crime. He cannot stop the beating of the heart growing louder; his conscience is haunting him. He cannot contain the tale which the heart had to tell. It is often too late when we finally realize what damage we have done—how we ruined someone else’s life. Then we fear what we’ve brought ourselves into; we fear the consequences we’d have to face.
Although John Proctor undergoes some pretty serious changes as a person; from a deceitful sinner to a courageous, devoted, and ultimately good Christian, across the entire play he remains a tormented man who cannot escape his internal demons. Early in the play, Proctor is highly ashamed of his past sins. When he is being introduced, Proctor is described as a, “troubled soul”, and a, “sinner…against his own vision of decent conduct” who “regarded himself as a kind of fraud” (Miller 19). Before he even speaks a single line, the audience sees Proctor as someone who is conflicted with himself. Proctor’s feelings of shame follow him around and affect his actions and decisions.
It shows that people tend to leave behind their moral faith to sin. One way or the other we all have a part of the devil in us, which is what Goodman Brown realizes. Goodman Brown sees the truth, and the truth can sometimes be considered a sin as well, so he is forced to question all morals and his faith, causing him to become a "a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man." He has left the world of innocence. Goodman
After he wrongly accuses his son of plotting his death and is maimed by those he once called friends, Gloucester becomes depressed. He tells Edgar, “I have no way and therefore want no eyes;/I stumbled when I saw: full oft ‘t is seen,/ Our means secure us, and our mere defects prove our commodities” (4.1.78). Although losing his vision was traumatic, he cares little about it because he has no need for vision anymore. Even when Gloucester could see, he was blind to the reality of his son’s innocence. When he realizes his error, Gloucester becomes so distraught that he decides to “repair the misery [Edgar] dost bear” (4.1.79) by committing suicide.