"But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious" from the text shows evidence that the prince never really cares about his countrymen suffering and dying from the lethal plague outside his castellated abbey. A brave leader is supposed to take care of his people not just himself. Doing what is right, good, and helping others must override one’s fears and self-interest. Prospero inhumane nature manifests itself when he invites only his close friends to hide from the Red Death in his castellated abbey. The prince sees the lives of his friends more important than other lives in the kingdom.
Ambition is a strong source of hope and strive for many people, and this ambition can lead to both good and bad results. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows how the main character, Macbeth, and his strong ambitions can be led astray by outside forces as well as his own feelings for greatness. In the play, Macbeth is a strong warrior that is respected by all, but throughout the play, he is influenced by the evil around him and ultimately turns into an ambitious monster that craves power as well as the throne. Through his ambitions, Macbeth turns corrupt and slowly becomes so evil that even his guilt feeds his ambitions. Ambition can be a good sense of strive, but when influenced and supported by the wrong people, it can also be used as a
Obsession, an idea or thought that constantly keeps invading one’s mind, sometimes leading them to do terribly foolish things. This is proficiently depicted in the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson. In “The Tale-Tale Heart”, the protagonist was so strongly obsessed with the old man’s vulture-like eye and hated it with such a great passion, that he decided to take the old man’s life. Similarly, in “The Possibility of Evil”, Adela Strangeworth was so excessively addicted to helping stop spread “evil” in her town that she did not realize that she was being intrusive and invading peoples personal lives. Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same.
The well known drama, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, delivers an outstanding depiction of the Salem Witch Trials. With many characters deemed as selfish and or sacrificial, it gives the reader the opportunity to decide whether the character was only worried about himself or that they would risk everything for the betterment of the people around them. John Proctor can be seen as both selfish and sacrificial, but he is seen as sacrificial in my eyes. This man is willing and eventually does die to show that you should not believe everything you hear without valid
Greed is one of the most destructive forces known to mankind and it can ruin our lives. We can all learn from stories when people were greedy and had to deal with the potentially deadly consequences. This theory is displayed in the short story “The Pardoner’s” Tale written by Geoffrey Chaucer when greed literally caused the main characters to die. The Pardoner’s Tale was the better story in my opinion because the story’s plot had a nice flow to it and kept the story moving, the theme hit me harder because that’s what the focus of the story was, and the author gave some interesting ways of making inanimate objects come to life and have an effect on the plot. It’s always easier to pay attention to a story that has a better flow to it and is easier to understand the plot because we are focused on that one idea and can learn more from it.
In The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allen Poe, Prince Prospero reflects one who lives a posh lifestyle. His significance to the story is to show that death takes anyone regardless of wealth. Furthermore, the masked ball itself serves as a distraction for the partygoers, “...it was a folly to grieve, or to think” (Poe, 420). Every room is decorated with its own color, most being colors of happiness, like green, but the seventh room is a dark and dreary red and black colors. That room symbolizes death, for it is designed with colors that are associated with horror movies and blood.
You start to obsess over minimal things leading to hallucination. In Poe’s stories, the main characters experience fear, but they all handle it distinctively. Poe uses irony, symbolism, and imagery to show how fear affects the narrator’s mindset, along with their future. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Masque of Red Death”, the main characters try to isolate themselves from evil, but Poe uses irony to show that death is inevitable.
The prince, indignant, asks to the figure to reveal himself but he doesn’t answer and starts walking towards the black room where Prince Prospero tries to kill him. But as soon as the Prince touches him, the figure disappears and Prospero falls dead on the ground. Immediately everybody at the party falls on the ground and die, the clock stops working and the candles blow out. The Masque of Red Death is an allegory for the conflict between humans and nature, life and death. The name of the Prince is Prospero, this name recalls the word prosperous, which comes from Latin and means wealthy and successful but, it can also be interpreted as alive.
Prospero thinks he can conquer the “Red Death” but the outcome is a failure. When Prospero “gets killed” everyone “... summons the wild courage of despair… seizing the mummer.” (Poe 10). Everyone strikes at the masked figure due to the killing of the prince only for the result to lead in death from everyone in the mansion. The plague is symbolic of all death and morality of all humans even “Prospero” whose name is ironic and also a contradiction. “Prince Prospero and a thousand knights and dames to seek to secure themselves against the Red Death by relocating themselves in a “new” place…” (Roth).
Finding the esoteric meaning in a piece written by H.P. Lovecraft may prove difficult, as it can be hard to look past the eeriness and gruesomeness of his works. However, if you are willing to be persistent, and have a desire to discover the deeper meanings of Lovecraft’s texts, you are most certain to find them. In “The Beast in the Cave”, the audience can use the context of the story and the language of the main character to surmise that Lovecraft was hoping to tell the world of how much he despised the assumptions society made of
The Red Death is described as fatal and hideous, and that description do not give off a very upbeat mood. “And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” At the end of the story Prince Prospero enter the black room, in pursue of the Red Death/unwanted guest. When he encounters the guest he dies. The rest of the party members and friends
While the king is asleep, Macbeth sneaks into the king’s room and stabs him, despite all the blood on the dagger and his hands and all the consequences that would come with it. After Macbeth kills King Duncan, he realizes what he has done was wrong and starts feeling guilty, he brings the daggers he used to kill the king back to his room. Lady Macbeth then tells him to take them back to the scene of the crime but he refuses because he feels that he will get caught. So, Lady Macbeth describes him as being weak and takes the dagger back herself. Lady Macbeth smears blood on the