Finally, Twain mirrors the flaws of his own self-centered 19th century society through the world of his fictional book. In Huckleberry Finn, lying is a self-serving act that everybody does. Despite the idea that many readers see Huck as a moral sinner, he ultimately lies for his own self-interest and protection. With Huck as the narrator, the reader is more likely to sympathize with him and his motives and agree with his thoughts and morals.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”, is a quote by the man himself, William Shakespeare, concerning human responsibility, otherwise known as the capability of completing an obligation, or duty sufficiently. These commitments or duties play a role in how a situation will play out, and dictate the consequences that follow. The choices made from the beginning to the end in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are all examples of how people’s decisions, primarily those of Tybalt, Mercutio and Friar Lawrence, lead to a heartbreaking fallout. The pressure and burden weighing down the young lovers ultimately overwhelms them, causing an expeditious chain reaction. The influences behind each character’s ill-considered judgments,
In Beowulf, the piece of literature depicts a theme of good versus evil. To begin with, the qualities of the characters present them in a way that represents the difference of good warriors and evil demons. To illustrate, when Beowulf states to the danish queen, “My purpose was this: to win the good will of your people or die in the battle” (line 467). Clearly, this shows Beowulf as a epic hero who is willing to sacrifice his life to help others while Grendel is a monster whose typical life is to ruin the lives of the good.
‘Positive characters … usually prove miserably ineffectual when contending with ruthless overwhelming powers’ claims Amin Malak, noting on such protagonists as Winston Smith and Offred in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and, when looking at the dystopian genre as a whole, he certainly seems to be correct. Dystopian fiction does seem to portray the worse side of human nature than the better, leaving the positive traits to the struggling protagonists. While utopian writers seemed to think that the essence of human nature was to do good, dystopian writers seem to think very differently and it is from this notion that these novels seem to be written. Nineteen Eighty-Four certainly seems to do this, with almost every member of the society representing one or more negative aspects of humanity.
Although there are many differences between these two gifted authors, similarities can be discovered as well. The background of Walt Whitman is enormously different from that of Emily Dickinson. Because Walt Whitman was such an under privileged kid and rose from his struggle in avery romantic life style, we see this slight bit of romanticism in his writing, like when he says, “ But O heart! heart! heart!/O the bleeding drops of red,/Where on the deck my Captain lies,/Fallen cold and dead” (Whitman).
Valor, integrity, fealty and sense of obligations are all characteristics that a true hero would possess. The heroic ideal seen in literature represents a certain culture and serves its culture a purpose at a time of crisis or importance. They often stand apart from their people and grief their inability to connect with them. Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and Macbeth are all heroic figures created by amazing authors who have impacted our English literature. While they all achieve similar characteristics in heroism they also demonstrate differences.
Shakespeare often uses dramatic irony in order to let the audience know something that the character doesn’t. Othello’s character is the epitome of dramatic irony. The novel frequently returns to situations in which the characters use irony, an example being the many times that Othello puts his trust in Iago. Iago is two-faced due to his jealousy of Michael Cassio, who gets the role of Othello’s lieutenant, rather than Iago, who is stuck being the ancient. It was also mentioned later that not only Iago hates Othello due to jealousy, but also because “...it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/’Has done my office.”
The traditional and Shakespearean tragedies place specific roles on its players. The tragic heroic and often titular character plays the role as the proverbial “good guy” while his or her opponent is often presented as the exact opposite in their appearance, actions, and motives. To wit, the inverted persona of the protagonist,the antagonist, carries out the role best simplified as “the bad guy.” These distinctive character archetypes are fulfilled in their classic formula in many classical and modern works, especially in regards to fables and children’s tales where the lines separating good and evil are clearly drawn. However, there are times when the moral center of a character is not so clear cut.
Their lack of control and and their lack of obedience for rules brings them to savagery and loss of innocence, leading to the tragic deaths of a few of their own. William Golding uses symbolism, similes, and repetition to brilliantly and powerfully illustrate loss of civilization and innocence in the novel. Using these literary devices, Golding makes the read much more descriptive and meaningful. The novel really shows the darkness deep inside every man, and under the right conditions, this darkness can arise, resulting in a loss of innocence and civilization. Golding’s uses of symbolism, similes, and repetition help convey that theme even
Throughout many books and movies, there always is a certain character who appears to have the qualities of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a bad judgment call that eventually leads to his or her own destruction. Both Macbeth in the play Macbeth, and Severus Snape from the movie “Harry potter and the deathly hallows: part two”, appear to have the characteristics of a tragic hero. Although Macbeth and Severus Snape both demonstrate that they are flawed and noble, it is clear that Snape is a better example of a tragic hero because Snape’s motifs are more honorable; and the audience feels pity and fear for Snape as opposed to Macbeth.
During the time period Beowulf was written the idea of myths and archetypes were found in almost every piece of literature. There are many types of archetypes that can be found within Beowulf, but the two major archetypes presented are the hero and the outcast. Heroes were often seen as a figure larger than life, one who is in search of self-identity, and often seen to have god on their side. An outcast is a character that is separated from society because of a physical impairment, their actions, or the actions of their ancestors. However, Beowulf is unique because there are characters within the poem that blend from one archetype to another causing the character to constantly change their actions within the poem.
Everyone has a perspective on good and evil; the battle line between good and even runs through the heart. “Beowulf” illuminates characters that come from dark and deep backgrounds that construct their dauntless actions. In the heroic tale “Beowulf,” the author’s tones strongly demonstrates themes of loyalty, honor, and courage. Raffel’s tones remotely displays the act of loyalty within multiple characters. “Hail to these who will rise to God, drop off their dead bodies” (101).
Many people have had to read Beowulf as part of their high school literature curriculum, but why is this ancient epic still taught in this day and age? The epic, in itself, almost seems to be a historic reflection, not by means of its content but the way civilizations are portrayed. The facets that can be identified within Beowulf were prevalent in the Anglo-Saxon time period and can also, to a certain extent, be representatives of today’s society. Learning and recognizing these conventional and distinctive traits within the epic allows for a deeper understanding of previous lifestyles. While Beowulf demonstrates a variety of important characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon time period, classical allusions to religion, fame, and comitatus are the
In Grendel there is many different main themes in the story. They all share their own important part on how Grendel is view by the reader and the people in the story. Most of the main themes make you feel more sympathetic with Grendel; than you did in Beowulf. One of the main themes is humans and monsters. At one part of the story Grendel overhears the harper talking about Grendel and goes into the mead-hall.