All that selfishness causes his life to lack love and that is what leads him to destruction. Had he been honest, perhaps his life would have had another stream. In this play Claudius represents the worst in human nature -- lust, greed, corruption, and excess. Claudius and his corrupt court lie in the pleasures of the
His words and about amusements and life delectations, that Dorian dives into sensual pleasures, debauchery, and crimes. Kohl argues that “Dorian’s fatal error is to take Lord Henry’s theories as practical guides for life” (156). In “wild desire to know everything about life” (Wilde 44) Dorian destroys destinies of people, corrupting them with his thirst of pleasures. Friendship with him is pernicious for people around: Alan Campbell commits a suicide; Adrian Singleton conducts a pathetic life of the addict, having slid on the bottom; the reputation of the cousin of Lord Henry, Lady Gwendolyn is forever discredited—even her children are not allowed to live with her in one house. Liebmann emphasizes that among the major characters only the Mephistophelean Henry survives, and all others—Sybil, Basil, James Vane, Sir Henry Ashton, Lord Kent’s son and aforementioned characters are the victims of Dorian’s influence (451-452).
But no more sights!—Where are these gentlemen? Come, bring me where they are(4.1.155-163)”, showed Macbeth 's mental health had officially diminished. By not only his hallucinations, however, his consistent mindset in removing anyone who stood in his of his ambition. Other scenes such as, Macbeth going into the battle with Macduff without his armor as result of him believing himself to be somewhat, “godly”, and the belief that could not be defeated are other examples of how his greed and ambition lead to his death in his mental stability. Overall, Macbeth was truly a tragic hero whose gradual growth in greed for power resulted in not only losing loved ones and his consciousness yet also resulting in his death.Greed and Ambition is a vital theme that notably influenced Macbeth’s mental deterioration.
This makes Dorian paranoid and he fears that the painting will be discovered and his appearance will be forever tarnished to the world. Dorian eventually sees that “his beauty to him had been but a mask, his youth but a mockery,” (Wilde, 223) and the full weight of his sins begin to become apparent. Dorian however caught up in his vanity, refuses to confess any of his sins. Even after committing the most heinous of acts in murder, Dorian resorts to opium addiction to cure his sole. He wishes to erase the act from his memory rather
Eventually, both Antigone and Kreon are either killed or disgraced due to their respective obsessions with family ties and absolute power. Sophocles goes against the social expectations of Antigone and Kreon to show how both characters’ downfall is attributed to their hubris. The irony, which emphasizes Antigone and Kreon’s arrogance, allows Sophocles to again solidify the necessity of following divine
The Use of Allusions to Characterize Claire and Critique Human Nature in The Visit Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit is an absurd, yet profound play, critiquing flaws of human nature and society, most notably the ruthless thirst for justice and revenge that people often succumb to. These vices are illustrated through the prototypical town of Güllen, which falls prey to the billionairess Claire Zachanassian’s vengeful schemes. Claire’s goal is to get revenge on the man who betrayed her in their youth, going to great lengths and hurting relatively innocent people to secure “justice”. Claire’s characterization as a ruthless woman scorned is integral to the play’s plot and it is facilitated by allusions to Greek mythological characters, such as Medea, the Fates, and the Furies, who all represent some aspect of Claire’s character and ambitions. Dürrenmatt uses allusions to Greek mythology to characterize Claire Zachanassian and critique the abuse of power to ruthlessly obtain justice and seek vengeance.
In conclusion, we can see how the power of the pearl has managed to corrupt Kino’s mind, and caused him to create a growing mess that he only realized at the end; because the power corrupted him, he did not realize the consequences he was creating and the people he was hurting, his mind was focused on the power itself and pushing out everything else. Because of this information, we can infer that Kino is ultimately responsible for his family’s
Which leads him to come off as a psychopath because of the details and the reason behind killing the old man. The story of the narrator is untrustworthy at times because he is a madman, gives unbelievable statements, and continues to let what others cannot hear affect him. Some of the things the narrator starts off by saying shows he is a madman or a psychopath. It is hard to trust someone like that because they are good manipulators and at falsifying information to others. The narrator reveals, “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 37).
Also, the narrator selfishly became mad after not achieving his goal he had set with his brother. There is an explanation in the text when it says, “The knowledge that Doodle’s and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened.”(Hurst 394). This became somewhat of a domino effect, and after he let his anger absorb him his story became a much darker one. Due to his anger, he pushed his little brother too far and lost the person who meant the most to him in the process. The title connects to the story because “The Scarlet Ibis” is a key component in the story.
The king’s greed and self loathe are his fatal flaws that ultimately lead to his downfall. Instead of doing things honestly and fair Claudius is a character who would rather play dirty and scheme behind peoples backs to find quick and easy solutions to his problems.Overall Claudius deceived his best friend, his nephew, and his wife to try to end up on top and in power but he ended up losing everything he had almost the exact same way that he received through a tragedy caused at the hands of another