Ellison insinuates that both the white and black men are blind, because they do not truly know each other. The white man cannot grasp the racial struggle black men are put through, and the black man cannot grasp the oppression the white men are forcing upon them. The two sides are blind when it comes to the others’ motive and reasoning. In the prologue, the narrator refers to a mugging victim as a “Poor fool, poor blind fool..” (5). Although he was referencing a specific person, it can be inferred that Ellison was introducing the metaphor for blindness early on in the storyline.
His physical and emotional suffering makes him see the truth that Edmund is the son that never loved him, and the loyal son is the banished Edgar. Since Gloucester cannot express patience to his loving son, he instead relies on divine powers to forgive him and provide prosperity to Edgar. In his troubled mind, Gloucester formed the idea that the only path the gods have given him for atonement is suicide. Gloucester attempts this by throwing himself off a cliff. After believing that he survived the fall, he says, “I do remember now.
Gaston is the most malicious antagonist of them all due to his cunning, egotistical, and manipulative nature. Gaston possesses all the qualities of a perfect villain, especially his slyness. He never loses his slick personality, even during his last moments, and has no gratitude for those who save his life. Near the end of the movie Beauty and the Beast, Gaston reaches the Beast’s castle, and attempts to fight him. The Beast was able to kill Gaston, but let him live after
The inability to make these ends meet ultimately tore apart the two’s bond and overall family. Similar to that of King Lear, the power roles are constantly being switched between members of the family, thus struggling for idealisms to meet. This is first seen when Lear divides his kingdom up between his three daughters, essentially passing on his position of power to Regan and Goneril. To his surprise, his daughters plans were different to those of Lear causing madness throughout the Kingdom and their overall bond. In mentioning their diverging views, Goneril has an outburst to her father, he quotes: My train are men of choice and rarest parts That all particulars of duty know And in the most exact regard support The worships of their name.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller the head judge, Danforth, is both feared and looked up upon. While presented with the challenge of ruling all of the witch trials, Danforth takes the position with confidence. Danforth sets all of the rules for the trials including one that dismisses ones hanging if they plead guilty. Slowly, everyone becomes less fond of Danforth as they realize their ignorance, however, Danforth fails to do the same. Danforth’s superstition and arrogance obscures his view to the law and causes unjustful hangings.
While the chorus of men are unable to believe Cassandra due to the curse, the men are also ‘blind’ and do not suspect Clytaemestra of wanting to kill her husband. In the play of “Agamemnon”, the title character is metaphorically blind. He is unable to see that his actions have consequences that will affect him in the future. Due to his actions during the Trojan War, and his actions when he returns home, Agamemnon cannot foresee or prevent his own death. His death in turn causes a chain reaction that affects every major character in the play.
The primary purpose of Shakespeare's “King Lear,” act 4 in particular, is to showcase how the play moves further down to the idea of hopelessness. We get to see how characters only get worse as time progresses. As Edgar spends much of his time alone wandering the plains he realizes that many horrible things have happened but does not believe that things are as bad as they seem to be, “To be worst, / The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune, / Stand still in esperance, lives not in fear” (lines 2-4). But, however, when he sees his father, Gloucester, and realizes of his going blind he cannot help but feel even more depressed. Like Edgar, Gloucester makes an unusual comment, “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport” (lines 37-38).
(T) While talking with Gloucester and Lear, Edgar (Poor Tom) mentions that, contrary to what one might think, the devil is a gentleman. This concept of evil clothed in civility is crucial to the the play as it stresses the concept that, often, one must be careful to look beyond another’s outward appearance or intentions in order to derive their true motivations. After all, deception can hide a whole world of sin. This idea can be seen throughout the show, most namely when King Lear’s daughters profess their love for their father. While Regan and Goneril may seem the most appreciative from an outside glance, their true goals lie in gaining land and power, while the most humble of the three, Cordelia, ends up being the only sister to truly care
Sight (and the lack of it) is a featured motif of both stories, present in all major conflicts of them. With that motif comes the choice to be blind, promoting the phrase, “ignorance is bliss”. The validity of that statement is called into question as the plots of Oedipus the King and Minority Report come unravelled, and tensions between characters who choose (at least to some extent) to be blind, and characters who see all, rise. Self-inflicted blindness causes irreparable tensions between those who choose to see, and those who do not in the two
He is blind and unfair as a father and as a ruler. He desires all the trappings of power without the responsibility which is why the passive and forgiving Cordelia is the perfect choice for a successor. ( Foster Edward E.) The audience may feel alienated towards him at the start of the play considering his selfish and harsh treatment of his favorite daughter.As an audience, we soon feel sympathy for Lear despite his egotistical manner. He quickly regrets his decision and can be forgiven for behaving rashly