Abigail begins to panic, and frantically decides to blame Tituba in order to get the attention off of herself. Abigail successfully draws the attention away from herself, while also giving the people a reason to fall into hysterics over the seemingly obvious evidence of witchcraft. Therefore, Abigail manipulates the townspeople into a witch frenzy time and time
Though these themes, the characters of Macbeth are driven to the point of destruction. The use of violence in Macbeth is evident with all characters applying to their own advantages. The theme of violence protrudes throughout the play causing the annihilation of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and for numerous other characters. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth in a violent act to kill the king of Scotland Duncan to benefit herself as queen of Scotland and Macbeth as king. At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 3 the ‘Thunder’ that is used highlights the technique of pathetic fallacy and highlights the inner turmoil of the characters.
Continuously, the caesura in ‘fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard?’ builds up an ominous and dramatic effect towards the audiences. So, the prose by Lady Macbeth conveys the theme as she deceives herself to see the ‘spot’ which signifies her guilty and fear. Coming back to the main, we can say that Shakespeare uses the structure to remind deception Secondly, Shakespeare explores dramatic techniques including soliloquies, dramatic irony and the stage directions to convey deception to the audiences. This is evident in soliloquy of Macbeth, ‘My thought… hakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise…’ His ‘thought’, which is about good and bad of witches’ prophecies, makes him to deceive himself. Also, since it is soliloquy, no one can stop him to think excessively, so it makes him to lose his mind.
In her essay, “Sizing Up the Effects”, Professor Sissela Bok states the harmful effects of aggressive media and accents her informational argument with scholarly accounts of emotion in order to grab both the hearts and heads of her audience. Bok references a study done on homicidal men and says “What is most startling about the most violent people is how incapable they are… of feeling love, guilt, or fear.”, shortly after she takes a quote from Macbeth “I am in blood. Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” By including these hard hitting, poetic pieces she stimulates a new part of each audience member, a personal element is introduced making all of her given information apply on a deeper level.
One of the major themes in The Crucible is hysteria and how it allows the people of the town to give up reason and morality. In order to understand why so many of the towns people are afraid, the community of Salem begins to believe that this fear has justifiable origins. The people of Salem are so concerned with their reputations that they are willing to let others be harmed, fuelling hysteria in the process, just to protect themselves (Florman and Kestler). Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible shows how hysteria, powered by religious zeal, replaces logic, leading to chaotic situations that ultimately tear apart the community. Much of the hysteria brought onto the community is powered largely by the strict Puritans’ religious zeal.
Othello’s emotions are uncontrollable and they destroy every aspect of his life (“Othello” Shakespeare for Students: Book One 448). Jealousy shapes the play, ruins lives, and destroys love. Jealous mistrust in Othello is terribly destructive and results in several main characters meeting their bitter end, including Othello and his beloved wife. Jealousy is a monster throughout Othello, it destroys lives and leads to nothing except rage and violence. Desdemona claimed DESDEMONA.
Historic Predictable Irrationality In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, almost all of the characters allow their emotions to cause the to act on impulse and behave irrationally. Throughout Hamlet, the emotions and impulsiveness of the characters dictate many of the various actions and events that transpire. This first occurs at the very beginning of the play when Claudius murders the King who is his brother, simply to gain the throne. The impulsiveness continues in many different forms including Gertrude immediately marrying Claudius after her husband’s death which in response added to Hamlet’s crippling depression. This concept of impulsiveness further deteriorates the rationalities of the characters through many accidents and events that
(3.3.443-449) By telling Othello this, Iago makes Othello even more jealous and curious. Othello starts to become irrationally jealous and extremely violent, especially around Desdemona. In this scene, we see the exchange between the couple: DESDEMONA
Angered by this, Proctor physically attacks Abigail and denounces her as a whore, and has to back up what he says with evidence. Overcome with emotion, and distraught of how far he allowed the court’s corruption to continue, he confesses to having an affair with Abigail and her plot to trying to rid of Elizabeth in hopes of replacing her. By telling the truth, John shows growth in his character, as he accepts that his good name must be ruined to protect innocent victims, ““I have made a bell in my honor! I have rung the doom of my good name – and you will believe me. Mr. Danforth” (page 116)!
She accepts knowledge of her end, and lives on with it. As these are some valid points, Creon is the true tragic hero due to his fiery arrogance and even more drastic change in character. When in a heated argument with Ismene and Antigone, he makes a furious remark to the two girls claiming that ”One has just now lost her mind; the other, It seem, has never had a mind at all,” (2.149-150). No noble or fair king would reply in that sense, as it is both disrespectful and mean-spirited. On the other hand, he does go through a humiliating change at the end, now believing in fate and having to face the fact that "[It] has brought all [his] pride to a thought of dust.”(Exodos.138).