Dystopian novels often focus on current social government trends and show an exaggeration of what happens if the trends are taken too far. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the novel critiques gender inequality and autocratic authority. The hierarchical class of men consists of Commanders, Angels, and Guardians. In particular, the Commanders are the highest-ranking social group in Gileadean society. The Commanders are represented as powerful men.
In the book, Lord of the Flies, Golding exhibits how absolute power corrupts absolutely. Ralph confronts Jack, in a fight for authority, claiming that Jack is a, “beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief” (Golding 177). The desire for power breaks the boys’ fragile civilization and causes strife between both leaders. The fight for power between leaders displays, not only, a loss of moral but also an inverse relationship. Another way that Golding proves the contention “absolute power corrupts absolutely” right, is the way he shows the corrupt tactics people and leaders use as a sly way to gain followers.
Throwing enormous parties, having affairs and drinking with no limits are just several examples. Last but not least, we have Gender Roles.In the novel,men work to earn money to satisfy the needs of their wives and spouses. Men are asserted dominant, as seen in the characther of Tom, who showcases his physical superiority to subdue
He thinks Tom is a hard, cruel man, who is arrogant and aggressive. CHAPTER 2 1. I find the most crucial element of the plot in chapter 2 to be when Tom breaks Myrtle's nose. Not only does it provide a quick change to the plot (going from happiness and gayety to violence and pain), but it also provides a glimpse to the hidden meanings in "The Great Gatsby". Leading up to this point in the chapter, Myrtle (Tom's lover) is trying very hard to make herself equal to the higher class people that she so wants to be.
This clearly demonstrates the Politics and Power motif because it shows how Brutus is so anxious to gain power that he jumps up as soon as he is wanted by the people. He is losing all of his honorable traits, including the ones he earned in his political position as senator, by going against his fellow senator, Caesar. This affects the work as a whole because of the themes of the play, ambition, and conflict, have a strong impact on what Shakespeare is ultimately trying to express between the main characters. Ambition has an effect on the plot because Caesar is a very ambitious man. This alone and the numerous letters Brutus has been receiving leads him to think that he is no good for Rome, Caesar’s ambition worries Brutus.
The mainstay figure of the short story, "Spunk," whom the story is named after, offers a unique example of the believable, appropriate, and curiously unlikable character. Being a flat character, Spunk thinks of himself as the most dominant man in town which fuels his arrogance, as well as his ego, as shown when he says, "...the dirty sneak shoved me...he didn't dare come to my face"(Hurston). This exemplifies Spunk's firm belief that he is the most powerful man not only between him and Joe Kanty, but between him and the rest of the world. Due to his superiority complex, Spunk exhibits a thirst for control. A perfect example of this complex is when Spunk faces Lena and tells her, "ah'll git the lumber foh owah house to-morrow... when youse
One can see parallels between American Psycho and Tom Wolfe’s novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, in which a wealthy bonds trader named Sherman McCoy sees himself as the “master of the universe” and thus above the law when he is put on trial for an accidental murder he committed. Bateman differs from McCoy in that Bateman’s self-image is entirely dependent upon how others perceive him, and he craves validation in order to justify to himself that he is better and more intelligent than those around him. He looks down upon everyone as worthless compared to him and portrays the façade of the perfect man while simultaneously seeking positive feedback from others in order to prop up his ego and keep away the fear that his “mask” could crumble at any moment. This fragile image of the self, according to the author, is a common issue among most people within the upper echelons of the capitalist system, and Bateman’s psychosis is thus intensified by psychological stressors that already exist in modern
He was power greedy and tried to take more than he could handle. This can even relate to current events where a country is over expanding in hopes for more power. As a result their economy suffers and their people unsatisfied with life. (Russia) No matter what Mussolini could have done or should have done, he was the one who controlled the people, made the economic decisions, and made bad decisions in general. These decisions were what defined Mussolini and his rise and fall to power as Italy’s
Mallard encounters an epiphany that can possibly change her life and bring her a gigantic bliss; Grierson once more, sinks into franticness and wretchedness and executes the man she adored. Mallard in this context, resembles a champion; Grierson is pitiable. Therefore, despite the
Both are manipulative and persuasive, and both have trouble with being loyal to others. Their storyline is also quite similar: both start out as high class people who are in contact with the king, and both want to rise in station even though they are already high class members of society. Both use someone to get to what they want, and both have it shattered in their faces when they are killed on command of the one whose station they want to take, which can actually be seen as some kind of situational irony. Similarities are striking in this, of course, but there are also differences between the two. Whereas it is clear that Lorenzo uses his own wit and own words, Mortimer could have been influenced by queen Isabella to become the way he was.