The actual story starts with our main protagonist, Hepzibah Pyncheon, and later introduces her brother Clifford, her cousin Phoebe, and the house lodger Holgrave. Our antagonist, Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, resembles the ancestor that caused the Pyncheon family to be cursed. Though he has a great amount of wealth, Judge Pyncheon is a very greedy man, moreover wanting everything for himself. The House of Seven Gables explains to the reader that Judge Pyncheon had accused Clifford of murdering a member of their family, and thus Clifford was thrown in jail. Judge Pyncheon is back, and he wants the family’s inheritance.
Hawthorne states in his preface that "the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief." Consider all the bad things that have happened to the Pyncheons since their ancestor Colonel Pyncheon caused the hanging of Matthew Maule in order to seize his property. Are these things the result of the Maule curse, or can each unfortunate event be attributed to an expression of the same greed that motivated the Colonel Pyncheon? The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of the ancient Pyncheon family, and their struggles with the curse that has plagued them for generations. This supposed curse is said to have been placed on their ancestor, Colonel Pyncheon, by a man named Matthew Maule, in his final words just before being hanged on the
Exploitation and intimidation of others to achieve personal goals is considered greed and inhuman acts. All the characters in the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, demonstrate the theme of greed at one point. The constant desires for money and power are shown through Patrick Bateman’s power dominance of women during sexual intercourse. Although he paid the women money, but he forced them to the point that it is abuse. This greed is especially shown as he is trying obtain power through his rape of women.
A terrible diesis is spreading throughout the world killing everyone in its path. Prince Prospero expects to cheat death by having a forever lasting bail to escape death. Death is unescapable no matter how wealthy or powerful you are. Throughout the short story the Prince faces many obstacles that he has to overcome. There are many reasons why the theme of this story is death is unescapable no matter how wealthy or powerful you are.
As evidenced through past political figures, when an individual holds an abundant amount of power it only results in their own downfall. Corruption, the defining factor of their downfall, is dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster). The theme of corruption is explored throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth. Shortly after Macbeth becomes king his conscience slowly starts to deteriorate as he orders the death of others. Through his actions, Macbeth soon becomes known as a tyrant.
The aspiration for the American Dream caused these individuals to go to extreme measures to reach their goal. The death of the Clutter family also represents the corruption of society, no matter how perfect life is. Truman Capote uses the death of the Clutter family to symbolize how the American Dream is dead and
Fitzgerald reveals the idea of corruption in the American Dream through conditions such as wealth and materialism, power and social status, and relationships involving family and affairs. He uses examples of this corruption to show the reader that people are willing to lie, betray others, and commit crime to be able to live a ‘better and fuller’ life. The need for money and materialism throughout The Great Gatsby shows the decay of the American Dream.
The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass presents an insight into the power differences between a slave and his master. In this account , Douglass proves that slavery destroys not only the slave but also the owner. The “poison of irresponsible power” that masters hold has a damaging effect on their morals and beliefs (Douglas 39). This immense control in the hands of a person will break their kind heart and finest feelings turning them into those of a demon. Douglass uses flashbacks , deep characterization, and appeals to the emotions to address the negative effects of slavery.
Dorians soul has become rotten to the core with selfishness and pleasure, mainly because of Lord Henry’s poisonous words. He even further proves his evil soul when he murders Basil without even thinking minutes later. Dorian had turned from harsh and selfish to a murder. Dorian Gray starts off as a harsh person who thinks about repairing his mistakes, but transitions to a selfish murderer who seeks pleasure, all because of Lord Henrys poisonous words. Dorian Gray ruined countless lives throughout the book and goes from breaking hearts and causing suicides, to killing his good friend Basil Hallward.
For example throughout the novel she shows us the level of destruction that follows, Victor’s life was completely flipped upside down because everyone he ever loved was murdered by his own creation. Victor states “When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation. I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I when there have precipitated him to their base”(9.6). This quote reveals that Victor immediately regretted his creation once he realized what it had done to his life. Science should not be tampered with, look where it got
He only shows one person, Mr. Lanyon, his fatal second side. Lanyon says, “My life is shaken to its roots; sleep has left me; the deadliest terror sits by me at all hours of the day and night; and I feel that my days are numbered, and that I must die; and yet I shall die incredulous. As for the moral turpitude that man unveiled to me, even with tears of penitence, I can not, even in memory, dwell on it without a start of horror” (Stevenson, 45-46). Mr. Lanyon is shocked, so shocked that the discovery puts him into his own grave. Once more, with only good intentions, Mr. Jekyll has allowed yet another fatality.