The way someone sees another may reflect upon themself more than anything; showing the hidden through judgements of peers. One’s own dilemmas within their lives can be shadowed by misguided hatred for others, thus creating unwanted problems for all parties involved. This can be seen in real life as well as in novels, but specifically between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor. In the play titled “The Crucible,” Abigail and Elizabeth illustrate that contrasting personalities can reveal who a person truly is; essentially removing the mask of perception. Abigail’s perception of herself and those around her fuels her power hungry state that ruins many people’s lives.
While Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter certainly tells a compelling story, the novel also acts as a psychological study of sorts; delving deep into the minds of complex and troubled individuals. Each main character; Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, is confronted with their own predicament to which they all react distinctively. Their responses to Hester and Dimmesdale’s sin are constructed by their own distorted perceptions of the world due to the mental illnesses they are all troubled by. Each character’s method of retaliating, coping, or succumbing indirectly reveals the illogical patterns within their mind. In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, each character faces unique mental afflictions, as Hester battles clinical depression, Dimmesdale
Horace Miner’s “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” has many rituals that seem bizarre but are a reflection of their beliefs and what they think is the proper way to address their imperfections be it the way they look, the condition of their health, or their beliefs in attaining luck or fortune. In my opinion, these rituals are, to some extent, similar to our own daily practices and rituals. Their daily rituals seem strange but these rituals and practices are somehow similar to our own daily rituals in terms of what they are trying to achieve. One similarity is how they believe that the human body is ugly so they use the powerful influences of ritual and ceremony. The more powerful members of the society have many shrines in their homes and
One of the main motifs discussed in the book is the idea of fragmentation, which Butler utilizes to illustrate the way any sort of separation from what is familiar can cause a person to suffer and be harshly damaged. As the novel progresses, Butler also includes instances in which Dana has to perform certain activities in order to survive in her trips to the past. These events are placed in the plot in order to exemplify the way in which the entire situation of time traveling puts plenty of distress upon Dana. Furthermore, this distress is one more example of how strange and shocking situations can result in damage for the person who experiences them. Butler also charges the plot with symbolism in order to convey this message.
Bradbury 's techniques and devices contribute to the theme development of capitulation and its baneful nature. He utilises characters, setting, motifs, and imagery to exemplify the many forms of cataclysm maintain his cautionary message against mass conformity. Guy Montag and Captain Beatty represent the dissatisfaction and consequences of suppressing individuality. The established setting details the repercussions of obliviousness caused by mass entertainment and uniformity. The motifs each denote destruction of the individual through external and internal conditioning.
Inner turmoil is something that plagues nearly every character in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The struggle to accept the evil within oneself and the nature of this evil within life itself is very troubling and confusing to many, especially Cal Trask and Lee. Cal struggles over the idea that his evil tendencies are pre determined-his destiny-despite his desire to change. Lee, however, believes that evil is not a predetermined path or an inheritance, but rather something that you can change through self-determination and by embodying the idea of timshel and that with this change, one is cleansed of sin and achieves a greater good that somebody who has never sinned. John Steinbeck develops the idea of predestination and timshel through the
There are many, many beliefs in the world. Some centered around how to act in society, to what happens to a life after death. Humans believe in so many things that it’s hard to keep track. Religion plays a large role in determining what is good or bad for most of society. In the short story, “La Pulchra Nota”, Molly McNett illustrates that superstition, an irrational belief, can leave unhealed scars in a person’s
Sin is a misconceived word with a scattered definition. To me, sin means knowingly doing wrong, but Dictionary.com defines sin as, “any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.” Sin is different in every part of the world, different cultures, religions, individual’s convictions, governments, societies, we’re all different. William Shakespeare said, “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” The best exemplifications of this quote can be found in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Edna Pontellier, a twenty-eight-year-old mother of two, finds herself unhappy with her ordinary lifestyle as the wife of a New Orleans businessman.
In order to accurately discuss both superstition, science, religion and culture in Macbeth, one needs to understand each aspect of the question. To begin with it is also necessary to understand the differences of the time and the fact that it is a fictional work of art. During Elizabethan times people believed that a lot of science was in fact witchcraft or some form of magic/mythology. This is expressed in the people of that time’s culture.
“We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help to explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbors and customs” (6). Myth functions as a guidance that explains everything that we come into contact with in the universe. It provide us with a shared set of rights and wrongs on which our social norm depends for existence. Also, it guides a person through the stages of life and show them the way of