After all, the narrator “began to piece together this version of the story” through information given to him by Ethan Frome. Of course Zeena appears to be the epitome of the quintessential antagonist. It is only natural that bias was introduced, for Ethan would certainly not paint himself in a negative light, and due to his infatuation with Mattie, she too is spared from any condemnation. Through no fault of Ethan Frome or the narrator, the narrator’s “piecing together” of Ethan Frome’s life is incredibly unreliable and it is incredibly subjective. Unless a reader mulls over the effects of utilizing certain types of narration, Zeena will forever be seen as the villain of the story.
The play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is based on the lives of two transcendental men, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who lived during the mid-19th century and was written as a protest against the Mexican-American War. Emerson is known for his many maxims, which are short statements that express a general truth or rule of conduct. In one of his maxims, “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind,” Emerson argues that nothing is more important than following what one personally believes in. The word sacred is used as a means of something highly regarded or holy and the word integrity is doing what one perceives is morally right. Therefore, Emerson suggests the theme that nothing is more highly regarded than following one’s own belief on what is morally the right thing to do.
Even after all the rules Gilead has, the Commander and Offred still managed to create some sort of relationship. In the novel, it is quite ironic how the Commander, considering who he is and what power he holds, still managed to fall into that temptation that has been created through the way the society in Gilead is. However, the Commander was not the only one who caved into the temptation, so did Offred. “There is supposed to be nothing entertaining about us, no room is to be permitted for the flowering of secret lusts; no special favors are to be wheedled, by them or us, there are to be no toeholds for love”(Atwood 136). Both the Commander and Offred were well aware of the fact that what they were doing was wrong, yet that temptation of wanting something you can’t have, in this case was worth the “risk”.
), it does not stop members of the society from breaking these said rules. In chapter 23, Offred goes to see the Commander in his room alone one night. “My presence here is illegal. It is forbidden for us to be alone with the Commanders” (Atwood, 136). Offred is aware of the fact that this request is unlawful, yet she still ponders on it.
Having seen how Javert has served legally, attempted the best he could while under the government’s thumb, and even how he tried to stop Valjean under the false interpretation of what he stood for, we can see that Javert is in no way a villain. In fact, Les Miserable’s true villains are the horrible Thenardiers, as well as the corrupt government of the time. Both Valjean and Javert are stuck in a miscommunication loop of what is good and evil. Javert is not a villain in the novel, but rather a warning. Although all may seem grim, his silence did not solve anything around him.
Throughout the sonnet, the speaker reveals he is not a particularly loyal follower of God, he states that ‘I change in vows, and in devotion./As humorous is my contrition’ This reflects Donne’s personal feelings regarding his decision to change religion and suggests that the speaker views himself as being unreliable and a generally bad worshipper of his lord. This adds to the argument that the sonnets display a lack of religious assurance as in these lines the speakers lack of assurance about his own faith is obvious. This shows the reader that Donne’s speaker feels some justification for his inability to gain salvation as his faith is everchanging. The speaker goes on to talk of his ‘profane love’ which is ‘soon forgot’ when referring to how he feels about God. The idea that someone could have a love for God which could be described as profane is problematic and is an example of a Petrarchan paradox which is a literary technique often employed in sonnets.
The presence of good and evil can plague the mind, as people must come to grips with the reality of freedom of choice. In “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character and protagonist, Goodman Brown, goes through an experience where he realizes everyone must choose regularly between good and evil. Realizing that many people fail to follow a path of righteousness, Brown begins to question his own faith. Through a dream-like state, Goodman Brown is exposed to negative influences that challenge his Puritan beliefs and religious morals. Hawthorne uses specific language, metaphors, and vivid biblical allusions in the story that help demonstrate Brown’s struggle with accepting the fact that people he loved and trusted may have succumbed to evil.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor evolves from the beginning, going from a liar, to telling the truth about his affair. His relationship with his wife, Elizabeth, goes from being distant and cold to hopeful. Proctor’s beliefs on god and religion also changed, from being a nonbeliever to trusting
They all began to ostracize him without knowing the deeper meaning of Hooper’s intentions. When the people first see him in the veil, they noted that it gave a new energy to his sermon. The subject of the sermon was that of reference to secret sin and the deplorable secrets that people hide from their loved ones. As the story goes on, tensions begin
After leaving prison, a felon is already viewed as not as important as a citizen who has never committed a crime. It can be very difficult to participate and take part in community activities such as getting a job. Felons feel unimportant and unwanted. It is unjust for felons to be treated this way. Several people who have been incarcerated have been interviewed on this topic.
He agreed with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." He explains that he will fight unjust laws, even if it means spending a night in jail. He is willing to take the penalty for breaking a law, but is unwilling to let unjust laws degrade and take over African American’s
The following passage is from the Letter from Birmingham Jail written by Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. is as follows This passage impresses me through the choice of words and how they make one think. When Doctor King explains that this was not a random act but an act of change due the lack of effort on the city. There are no wasted or trivial words each word has purpose in this passage if you close your eyes you may hear Socrates. The other impressive feat is not once did you ever feel a since of anger even though this is a difficult time for Doctor King. The feeling was of a sense of worry that if things do not change what will happen.
A quote that supports this is, “Where are You, my God? I thought angrily. How do You compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm to You their faith, their anger, their defiance…” (Wiesel, 66). Elie starts to feel that God is no longer there for him at the concentration camp. Individuals may think this does not indicate spiritual stamina because he is questioning his religion because of what he is living through.
Offenders jokingly argue that EM to those who have nothing to lose is a complement and for those who do not want to lose their family, EM serves its purpose. Offenders enjoy the luxury of being able to work while on probation with EM. Although, “Offenders generally agreed that the sanction does in fact control their lives much the same way that incarceration controls inmates’ lives” (Payne & Gainey, 2004, 426). Sex offenders are people and to effectively punish sex offenders, local law enforcement needs to keep strict monitoring on them without disregarding their constitutional rights. SRZ places stringent limitations on where a sex offender occupies their permanent location.