Let me take a pinch of snuff. It is really excellent — first-rate! (Lavrin) Gogol depicts this character as realizing “this isn 't real”, such evil spirits don 't really exists, convincing himself that all that is happening, cannot really be happening. Adding excuses as to why this may be happening such as, “I have drunk a little too much”, leaving the reader wondering if such actions are happening or being imagined. The theme of The Viy is also recognized in a following quote where Gogol exhibits prose giving a flow of actions and portrayal as the witch comes after Thomas, he gives the reader a sense of
When viewing King Lear, feelings of hopelessness are evoked. Attempting to understand this, audiences may reduce the play to plot development and dialogue. They see that after invocation to the gods for help, tragedy follows immediately. The sharp transitions make readers feel hopeless about the situation, that even gods are unwilling to help . In adaptations of King Lear, actors use integration to express their interpretations of the characters to the audience.
Once he realises the girls had been lying his opinion becomes the truth, which is proven as truth as the play finishes. One such example is when Mary Warren accuses the girls of lying. While defending themselves the girls scream saying Mary is sending her spirit at them “She’s going to come down she’s walking the beam” (1211). Hale sees no such bird in the courtroom, and Mary Warren keeps telling the girls to stop. With all of this happening Hale sees the girls just lie about seeing spirits.
Discuss Shakespeare’s presentation of disguise and deception at this point in the play. Feste’s role as Sir Topas serves as a form of both disguise and deception; Feste presents his role as the religious priest who has come to help Malvolio cure his supposed madness without Malvolio himself figuring out it’s actually Feste in disguise, initiating the role reversal aspect of this scene. Firstly, this is shown through their conversation with Feste as Sir Topas shouting concendencing insults of ‘hyperbolic fiend’ and ‘dishonest Satan’ towards Malvolio who is trying to proclaim his innocence. The adjective ‘hyperbolic’ connotes exaggeration which is a habit to knowingly commit when lying to make something sound believable, thus the adjective ‘dishonest’. The nouns ‘fiend’ and ‘Satan’ fit in the semantic field of Hell, in direct contrast to the Puritan belief and innocence he believes he has.
However, there are some suggestions as to what took place. There is a possibility that Miles could have known that the governess thought she was seeing Peter Quint and that he only exclaimed Quint’s name in order to appease, or possibly prank the governess. There even exists a theory that, “the Governess ' anxiety-driven hysteria causes her to refuse to give up on the possibility that Miles is somehow connected to the ghosts, ultimately ending his life to fulfill her personal desire for the psychological truth. (Herold)” Either way, there is sufficient evidence to provide that in this scene Miles was not aware of any kind of supernatural presence. The governess even takes realization to this idea when she states, “wasn’t he looking through the haunted pane for something he couldn’t see?
The character of Dionysos assumes itself in many ways throughout Euripides’ Bacchae, the god’s actions and intentions within the text are open to interpretation, due to the tragic nature of the play. Dionysos can be understood as a psychological force within the work but he is, to a greater degree, better understood to be a petty and vindictive god when considering the nature of his relationships to humans in the play. The Bacchae is commentary on this very topic as Gods play cosmic forces in the realm of men and thus interact with mortals. The relationship between Dionysos and humans in the play shows evidence of his vindictive behaviour and its effect. This is seen in instances in the play where Dionysos plays with the mind of Pentheus, lacks compassion, does not allow his victims to repent, and ultimately divorces himself from his morality.
Another similarity between the supernatural in Cosmorama and vampires is the duality of people. The character Dr. Bin greatly exemplifies this trait, he first gave the Cosmorama to Vladimir to warn his Uncle of his Aunts affair. (96) The doctor's doppelganger in the cosmoram reveals this double meaning, the real Doctor does not know his true intent. The Doctor warns that "There I don't know myself what I do, but here I understand my [...] unconscious motive." (96) Meaning that the real Doctor us unaware of his true intentions and the balance he brings to Vladimir’s state of mind is a facade.
Odysseus also sets the tone of Book 9 by introducing it with him talking about, “the bitter pains I’ve borne,/so I’m to weep and grieve, it seems, still more.[... ]What pains___the gods have given me my share.” (Homer 9.13-16) This sets an expectation by both the audience and Alcinous that the story will be highly hyperbolized to show Odysseus’, pains throughout the tale. So with Book 9 being the first of his part of his journey that he is sharing with Alcinous he is likely to exaggerate the saga to make Polyphemus appear to be barbaric.
The Immoralities of Humans and Gods Normally, individuals claim that gods are immortal and divine existences that we should worship and pray for in order to receive a favorable afterlife and atone for one’s sins and crimes. However, Ovid, a famous Roman poet, presents a different point of view about gods. According to Book One in his epic Metamorphoses, he depicts several stories to display the immorality of not only humans but also the “holy” gods. There are various similarities and differences between the immorality of humans and gods. Although both mankind and the deities are unethical in certain ways, the gods definitely act more immorally because they come and go as they wish, abuse their super powers, and lust for nymphs along with daughters of other gods.
When Telemachus is tasked with interacting with the suitors in Zimerman’s play his awkward and naivete is highlighted as the suitors demean him. Even when Telemachus is in the presence of a God (Athena) according to stage direction, “the Suitors make a disturbance”, repeatedly. Then when Telemachus is talking to Athena he lives up to Homer’s epithet of “thoughtful” as he is the only character to hesitate in his dialog written by Zimmerman as well as having the humility to state “I don’t know”. Seeing an actor interpret Zimmerman’s dialog could possibly be superior to Homer, but as a reader, the emotion and artistic liberties are