Ego is a weed we cultivate for it to ultimately be destroyed. It is said to be the root of our sins, but is really the cause of individuality in this world. Egoists tend to separate themselves from others; we made egos to experience ourselves as different, rather than the ordinary being. Egos are depicted to reflect a bad connotation. In the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, the protagonist, Equality 7-2521, is an egoist, but not in the way expected.
The poet describes the irrationality and chaos that exists in the core of Grendel’s being by saying how “no counsellor could ever expect fair reparation from those rabid hands” (157,158). This description indicates the repercussions of greed and how it can cause immense irrationality as all the laws and morals set in place in a society crumble when faced with this primitive emotion. The “counsellor” in the above-mentioned lines represents the wise and elderly who offer their wisdom and help the society retain its moral virtues in the poem and, thus, the “counsellor” could symbolize the Anglo- Saxon civilization and the rules and regulations that govern it. Grendel goes against the societal norms and values as he is not expected to be fair
Wilde’s sexuality and effeminate nature shaped his relations to the natural beauty of the world, which in turn manifested itself in the moral implications of his now famous works. For example, his very own personal ordeals are envisaged through the passages of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and it has been passionately hypothesized that characters such as Basil, Dorian, and Lord Henry are personalities of Wilde’s own flamboyant character. In an interpretation written by Donald H Ericksen, Wilde had written the following: “Basil in how I see myself, Lord Henry how the world sees me and Dorian how I would like to be”. The discussions surrounding The Picture of Dorian Gray were linked to the egregious homoeroticism displayed through the synergy of Wilde’s characters and how they interacted with each other. In a time of irrational Victorian thinking, it comes as no surprise that Wilde’s writing had evoked such a backlash.
Development of corruption morally challenges the protagonist and results in the inevitable falling ‘victim’ to the provoking surrounding forces of evil. The representation of universal notions in Shakespeare’s, ‘King Lear’ demonstrates the interactions and psychological behaviours possessed by humanity as Lear rationalises suffering as an achievement of redemption. Lear’s self-pity proclamation of his own misfortune ‘doomed’ upon him in Act III resulted from his essential failure - his fatal flaw. The consequences from his metaphorical blindness and inability to distinguish between appearance and reality whilst claiming he is ‘a man more sinned against than sinning,’ allowed a perfect opportunity for the surrounding ‘forces of evil’ to easily oppose his regime; hence, the following downfall of the tragic hero. Projection of this flaw from his actions prompts the underestimation of humanity and capability of ambition subsequent to the denial of traditional roles causing disturbance to the ‘natural world’.
With that in mind, he seems to lean further away from justice into anarchy. Apollo is dismissing the methods of the Furies completely and establishes personal motives to save Orestes. So despite his knowledge, he ignores the concepts of justice, and its appointed executers, and creates an anarchy where the lack opposition makes him a slave to himself. So in attempting to preserve justice, he created a verdict that, although it was indirectly justifiable, failed to create a verdict for Orestes that was justly
It is a battle between love and hate. The subordinate clauses in the sentence emphasize this point by illuminating on the stark contrast between Harry and Voldemort. Additional context is provided with the descriptions of Lord Voldemort being depicted so negatively as angry, evil, and unjust; therefore, with all the context combined, it is no surprise that the magic Harry and Voldemort channel individually opposes the other. Harry with spells and Voldemort with curses. The Greek and Latin root “precari” meaning to beg, emphasizes the cruelty that is Voldemort’s nature, people would do anything to be spared from his torturous
‘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.
The Paper of Dorian Gray Throughout Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, we view the horrible actions of the main character, Dorian Gray. These actions, however, never seem to affect Dorian. We soon come to realize that this self-portrait reflects Dorian’s actions and aging process instead of Dorian and allow him to live a secret life of horrible acts. In the novel, Dorian takes full advantage of the portraits power, calling the portrait a reflection of his soul, and makes no effort to preserve his soul due to the poisonous influence from Lord Henry and his own selfishness.
“The world is my representation” (Schopenhauer 1); Schopenhauer contends that at even the universe’s crux, it is not a rational place, but merely a chaotic abyss made into what one makes of it. Having recognized the errors of his philosophical mentors, Plato and Kant, Schopenhauer developed an ascetic approach to mending the errors ingrained in us through the human condition, which preaches that in a world full of pain and suffering, human beings must combat natural desires to attain tranquility and a disposition warranting widespread magnanimity. Although regarded as a categorical pessimist, Schopenhauer endorsed methods, implementing artistic, moral and ascetic systems of cognizance, to appease the fundamentally painful and tenuous circumstances of human life. (Wicks) Although Schopenhauer rejects traditional German Idealism in its metaphysical elevation of self-consciousness as being too intellectualistic,
The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.