The noun “despair” communicate his desire to be dominant over others and cause them the reason to fear him like the God. Ozymandias here is comparing himself to the Gods as inferred in the words” king of kings”. Shelley paints an unflattering picture of the pharaoh, perhaps to show his dislike for monarchs and rulers.Shelley uses enjambment to perhaps represent something ‘ongoing’- which is of course what the Pharaoh wanted: immortality. And to be considered to have been powerful forever The line “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair” seem idiculous and pathetic as no-one is looking at all. The repetition of king’s show how arrogant Ozymandias was, yet when compared to the crumbling ruins of his statue, the poet undermines him and shows that he did not last forever as he thought he would.
Danforth's power blinds him to the truth, and prevents him from seeing the effect that his actions have on the lives of innocent people Arthur Miller argues that being fearful or damaging one's reputation is what caused people to act irrationally and against their morals, coming off as selfish and arrogant, and leading to the Salem Witch Hysteria. Through the characterization of Hale, Parris and Danforth, it is evident how excessive pride makes people unwilling to admit to their mistakes, with the fear of a reputation damage. Miller's descriptions of the frailty of arrogance, can be used as an example of how arrogance turns people against each
A proctor does not make decisions based on his reputation. He makes decisions based on his morals. It is his enemy who finds fault in a proctor to better his/her own reputation. Society – in the past, present, and future – will fabricate stories around the proctor in order to “protect” it. In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Wickham is an example of an evil-minded man who calls calumny on an innocent man.
Creon cares extremely about his country of Thebes and creates his own laws. He mentions that, “There's been a group of grumblers in this town: men who can hardly abide by my rule, who nod and whisper, chafing beneath my law, who are not in love with it at all,” (Sophocles, 203). He speaks these words with anger towards whoever disobeys him. His extreme love for his country shows his noble stature which causes him to punish those who do not love Thebes as passionately as he does. Creon has the appearance of good, but when he chooses to not bury Polyneices, which goes against the beliefs of the Gods by not honoring him, he shows his tragic flaw.
Elizabeth tries to explain to him that she isn't the one to judge him because she feels just as guilty as John does. She feels like she had a part to play in with the affair. As a result of Elizabeth saying that, John doesn't take it. He gets upset with her and says that she is was never in the wrong, but he was. Elizabeth towards the end of Act IV constantly reinsured him that whatever decisions he makes, she knows that a good man is behind
As the traveler speaks about the memorial statue made in honor of the mighty king Ozymandias, the description of the “shattered” visage, “wrinkled” lip, and “cold” sneer create juxtaposition to the expectations of a glorious monument. The reader, therefore, is made to reflect on the fleeting fame of human works and the veracity of the king’s mighty works. The transient quality of the statue is furthered in the irony created by the king’s statement and the reality, for though the king pompously demands the spectator to look in awe at his works, but all that remains are the decaying ruins and boundless sands. Ridicule is thus inspired in the reader, for the king’s excessive pride is but a source of amusement when compared to the unending forces of
Elizabeth is a great moral wife. For example, Elizabeth was lying about his affair with Abigail because she thought it would save her husband. Her purpose was to save John's life at great personal cost, albeit ineffective. "Elizabeth: My husband is a good and righteous man. He is never drunk as some are, or wasting' his time at the shovelboard, but always his work."(pg.).
This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
You clearly fail to realize that in this respect, your strictures should be aimed, not at me, but at Fortune, who frequently raises the unworthy to positions of eminence and leaves the worthless in low estate." (pg 338) Ghismonda starts a powerful argument that terminates that pushes a notion further about how easily people construe the meaning of honor. Tancredi condemned Guiscardo because of his social rank and nothing much more. He would rather be right in his misjudgement than accept his morals have been coerced by a situation out of his control- this being Ghismonda in love with the
This is evident when Edgar, visiting Ravenswood castle, asks Sir William what he has done with the relics and memorials of the Ravenswood’s former greatness, Sir William shows apathy and ignorance towards such apolitical question. As regards Marquis, he is no better than Sir William Ashton. His apparent concern for Edgar springs from his self-interest and his Jacobitism. Scott has revealed the selfishness, cunningness and apathy of politicians who are capable of inducing a great harm to others to derive a little benefit from