In William Shakespeare’s “Othello” (1603) and Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” (1980), both the main protagonists and antagonists, Othello and Iago in “Othello” and Mozart and Salieri in “Amadeus”, of their respective texts are portrayed as outsiders. Othello is alienated because of his race, Iago doesn’t allow himself to tell the truth to anybody, Mozart is looked down on for his arrogance and Salieri feels as if God is punishing him. The common theme between the two texts, as well as outsiders, is jealousy, this is the main cause that influences the antagonists to manipulate the protagonists. The main areas where the characters are considered to be outsiders are with their family, nationality, religion, class division, personality and their work positions. The isolation that each of the characters experience from the rest of
He is jealous of Othello, show in, “I confess it is my shame to be so fond/but it is not in my virtue to amend it” (1.3:316-317). Roderigo is desperate for Desdemona and Iago takes advantage of this and makes him do thing such as kill Cassio. Roderigo does all of Iago’s dirty work and makes his plan successful. Also, Roderigo is unintelligent and realizes too late that his “money is almost spent” (2.3:364-368). Iago makes several false promises to Roderigo and he does not expose Iago because he is desperate for love.
For instance, in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald indirectly criticizes the American Dream. Instead of the idea of pure joy attainable for the compensation of hard works, Fitzgerald portrays his idea of the American Dream by Gatsby. In the book, Gatsby’s American Dream is the affluence of material goods and winning Daisy, a fascinating girl. Gatsby, however, ends up dying because of his endless greed. Summing up, The Great Gatsby’s meditates the idea of the American Dream as reaching towards goals greater than themselves, being completely out of reach.
Fitzgerald focused on the shift in the American Dream - from being the idea of self-fulfillment, dignity and comfort that is achieved through hard work, to being equated with the pursuit of wealth and power, and identifying happiness with having money. The novel depicts the rise and fall of the concept and describes the causes of its decay. The downfall of the American Dream is most accurately shown through the main protagonist of the story – Jay Gatsby. To reiterate, the American Dream is the concept that anyone can achieve a better life and become self-fulfilled, if they put enough effort to it and make the most of their abilities.
The American dream had caused a lot of destruction. Myrtle, and Gatsby were all victims destroyed by the dream. Myrtle serves as a representative of the lower class. She desired for a high-grade life. This is what caused her to have an affair with Tom.
His motives are purely to trick Jane into marrying him even though he is already married. It’s worse than the first lie as this is committing bigamy, which is a crime. Now it’s not all terrible. It can easy to empathize with and see Mr. Rochester’s side, as he can’t get a divorce because his wife is insane. Also, he truly loves Jane, and she loves him too, so he’s not manipulating her into marrying him.
For instance, Roderigo could not distinguish that Iago was using him for his own gain. Roderigo is so jealous of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage that he would do anything to destroy their marriage and win Desdemona for himself. Iago sees an open window and convinces Roderigo to accompany him so that they could both take revenge on Othello and Iago would help Roderigo win Desdemona. In reality, Iago is only with Roderigo for financial stability and does not care to help Roderigo. Roderigo cannot see through Iago’s lies because he is too busy being jealous of Othello and Desdemona’s love.
‘Iago is such a disturbing villain because he seems to have no real motives for his evil.’ How far and in what ways do you agree with this view? Iago is nothing more than a devious mastermind and Machiavellian of the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. Whilst Iago does try to communicate multiple reasons for his motives in wanting to destroy Cassio and Othello these are mere rationalisations and excuses to provide justification for his evil actions and can only be accepted when analysing Othello on a surface level.
In spite of the fact that Iago is the regular disturbance and accordingly the conspicuous awful person, his fate is to make the disaster that this play later moves toward becoming. A protracted thought notwithstanding a receptive outlook will demonstrate the reality of the situation. Othello is the real miscreant. Despite the fact that he at first does not have any vindictive considerations and thoughts, he in the long run becomes a murderer due to emotionally untrustworthy and jealousy.
( Fitzgerald, 33) Tom is an immoral person. He has had several affairs with women while married, has a dominant attitude, and is arrogant. This kind of immoral personality sets up what is essentially a power run- to control someone else. This person comes in the form of Myrtle, someone he can take advantage of and she cannot do anything to complain. As well, to Tom, Myrtle is not good enough to bring up to his social class.
Some say the American Dream can be defined as being better off than your parent’s generation. Others may see it as the promise of riches and opportunity. But most agree that it is what immigrants come to America for. Personally, I believe it is meant to give everyone, no matter who they are, an equal opportunity to achieve success however they define it; to do so it embraces and upholds certain ideals and works to unite us a nation.
He acts and believes that he deserves nothing but the best. Tom also isn’t a good husband or man to Daisy. It is mentioned that Tom takes Nick to his lovers house, which is where we meet Myrtle. Neither Myrtle and Tom are happy with who they are with and have been cheating on their spouses. Tom, Daisy, and Myrtle obviously do not want to be with their spouses, so why are they together with them and not with the people they want to be with?
’”(17). Myrtle is not attractive and regrets her decision to marry Wilson because she finds out that he is really of a lower class. Her affair with Tom is a chance for her to live like she was in the wealthy world and become obsessed with materialistic
The American Dream is an unrealistic vision. It defines success as the measure of laborious work in a lifetime. The American Dream can deceiving, it isn't realistic in the end. Everybody wants to live the American Dream, because of how astonishing society makes it sound. People want to live this elegant lifestyle; of working hard to get a great amount of money.