Many stories in literature are not complete without an Antagonist. The Antagonist can be the embodiment of evil or just a roadblock for the main character to overcome. In the short story Sweat, written by Zora Neale Hurston, features an abusive husband, Sykes, as the Antagonist. Sykes dominates and abuses his hard-working wife, Delia. Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor.
The one who thinks he is smarter or better than the other will always end up losing in life. In the short story “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, satire is incorporated in a perfect way. This story is about Tom Walker, who makes a pact with the devil, and ends up lending money at high interest rates. When Tom Walker thinks he is smarter than his customers and does not give more time to one of his customers to pay him back, Tom’s life ends in an instant. Through the use of satire Irving criticizes the institution of marriage and the folly of human nature.
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
The hand is shown to become a fatal weapon for greed when wielded by the corrupt conscience of Macbeth, demonstrating the effect of the detrimental selfish motives on the actions it performs. In the soliloquy performed in the awakening moments of his lust for power, Macbeth’s desire for “not light to see [his] black and deep desires” is revealed, as well as how his eyes will “wink at the hand; yet let that be,/ Which the eye fears when it is done to see” (I.IV.51-53). This is the moment that defines Macbeth’s decision to murder King Duncan, a plot he so fears to execute that he must conceal it from the light of day. Despite his brewing dread for his murderous plot, he is determined that he must eliminate Duncan in order to become the King of Scotland. The
Greedy Iago Friends come in various ways,some are meant to teach lessons, others are there for life, and the rest want to see your downfall. Iago from the play, “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, betrays the bond of Othello’s friendship, poisoning Othello’s life and everyone else they encounter. And all for what? Status, Job Position, Pleasure? Iago, consumed by revenge and jealousy, inflicts evil upon his fellow neighbors.
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
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).
“Reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded. The mighty words of the proud are paid in full with mighty blows of fate”(1467-1470) This quote tells us the downfall of Creon and how disobeying the gods with arrogance are punished by fate. This quote and the corrupt actions of Creon are evidence for the message of the play. Sophocles shows us how the selfish acts of the arrogant king who made these decisions on his own killed his loved ones by defying the gods. In contrast to this, Macbeth is consumed by his ambition after being influenced by the witches and his wife.
In general, the Miller embodies the negative stereotypes of the working class during the Medieval Period. The drunk, disrespectful Miller has a mind that is consumed by sexual desire, whether it is appropriate or not. He is a dishonest man who looks for ways to cheat others out of money and materials solely to benefit himself. After stealing corn from his customers, he charges them three times the price he truly deserves. Of all the tales in Chaucer’s novel, the Miller’s is unquestionably the most vile, due to the author’s focus on infidelity, tricks, and revenge.
Larry Ellison, Bernie Madoff, Adolf Hitler any of these names sound familiar? Any of these people ever make you just go absolutely ludicrous because of what they have done? Hitler, Madoff, and Ellison are just a few examples of how greed can overcome someone and destroy them and the world around them. When asked the question “what is the deadliest sin” has it ever came upon you that greed is by far the worst? Not just by having an obsession with power, fame or money, but the over destruction Greed can do.