To be specific, Jekyll states the following, “Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of; but from the high views that I had set before me, I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame” (Stevenson 55). Here, Jekyll is stating that he represses his private desires so much and wants the irregularities in life so badly that he finally faces a challenge, whether to keep his private figure hidden or to reveal it to society and subsequently be judged by society. He now has to make a life changing decision, if he continues to enjoy his pleasures secretly, he will have it on his conscience daily and be tormented by the guilt; if he confesses them, he will no longer have the guilt on his conscience, but he will also be judge harshly by society. Mary Shelly also uses her protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, in way that empsizes
By establishing whether his own morals and beliefs match those of the man beneath his razor, the barber may not only jeopardize his pride but also change his life forever. The barber is forced to hide his apprehension when Captain Torres walks into his barbershop. Immediately the barber “started to tremble… hoping to conceal [his] emotion.” Knowing Torres has been brutally murdering rebels in public, the barber has to keep his own work as a rebel undisclosed. As Torres sits in the chair seemingly oblivious to the rebel in his
They are important, because they make the story interesting, they influence the protagonist’s actions by making their current world increasingly undesirable and presenting obstacles to the story. Curley, a character from the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, represents such a character. He is a controlling, aggressive and selfish man who is an essential component to the tragic outcome of the story. Curley is a controlling man. He always needs to know where his wife is
“Orgon's desire to retain Tartuffe is a function--a reaction and an invitation--of others' desire to be rid of him, of which Damis’ desire is the most strident, the most like the desire of his father in its imperious violence”(Mckenna). Andrew Mckenna illustrates how Orgon tries to protect Tartuffe from his family. He will stand up to his own family and betray them just to make sure Tartuffe will always be made to look like a saint. Orgon calls out his own son and banishes him for accusing Tartuffe of being a hypocrite.“Traitor! And how dare you even try To tarnish this man’s virtue with a lie”(Tartuffe 3.6.19-20).
Oedipus talked to Teiresias about his powers and what he knows in lines 110-125, however, Teiresias initially just wants to leave and let Oedipus deal with his own fate. As Oedipus’s patience runs out, he demands “Out with it! Have you no feeling at all!” to Teiresias, which fails to accomplish anything but anger him. Teiresias then tells Oedipus he is the actual murderer of the previous king, causing Oedipus to go into a rage where he accused Creon of being a usurper, and Teiresias of helping him in his task from lines 160-185. After his accusations, Oedipus mocked Teiresias for his blindness, and told him to leave the palace as Oedipus had grown tired of him.
1. For what reasons was Oedipus responsible for his own destiny and could he have prevented it? First and foremost, Oedipus was an insolent man who needed to have everything he had set an eye. He did not believe in Tiresias prophecy rather blaming him and Creon for a plot against him to get in power. This shows his untrusting nature towards his own as well as his fear of losing power.
On the outer shell, Grendel is a monstrous villain who hates mankind, but the reader soon realizes, in reality, he just wants to fit in. Since Grendel knows he will never fit in, he decides to destroy what he cannot have and he "[understands] that the world [is] nothing: [but] a mechanical chaos of casualties, brute enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears. I understood, finally and absolutely, I alone exist" (Gardner 22). Instead of criticizing the villain, Grendel makes the reader sympathize with him by saying " [he] alone exist[s]". Thus allowing the reader to interpret the tone better because of how Grendel expresses his feeling.
Desolate and desperate for the affections of another, it led the creature to make irrational decisions from rage. I am not stating or arguing that the creature was innocent in the crimes he committed, or that he was not aware of what was occurring as he gripped to his victims’ throats and ceased their breathing. I am simply voicing that he is not the only being with guilt. Near the end, he no longer desired for all of society’s acceptance, but merely one person’s. His entire tale, as it is now told, could have been wholly different and avoidable if he would have received what he longed
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe uses a character’s obsession to show what a man will do in order to get revenge. The man stops at nothing to find a way to exploit Fortunato, and would stop at nothing to get his revenge. The narrator says, “At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled…” (“The Cask of Amontillado” 3). The narrator then continues to explain how he will proceed in getting his revenge, “He had a weak point—this Fortunato—although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (“The Cask of Amontillado” 3).
He expects others to compromise with him, to bend to his will. Arguing with Atticus Finch is like arguing with a wall. He knows he 's a hypocrite—another word to add to the list of his characteristics. "Hypocrites have just as much right to live in this world as anybody" , he tells Jean Louise. So should we forget everything about the Atticus you thought you knew?
Living as a “normal” citizen of his time, and the growing feelings of uneasiness this brought allowed him to realize the wrongs of his society’s ways and begin to seek life anew. Throughout his search, Montag also comes to know the importance of self-understanding, an essential element to a truly fulfilled life. Although it is common practice for individuals to go through life under the false conviction that “ignorance is bliss,” Ray Bradbury reveals that this notion is far from reality. Without an understanding of the world and one’s personal role in it, one can only go through life living out a pre-packaged lie, a plastic mold of expectation that cannot bring personal fulfillment or
Unferth challenged Beowulf upon his arrival because he was jealous of anyone who attained fame and glory. Beowulf had also promised to rid Grendel, who had been tormenting Hart. It is possible to say that Unferth challenged him in such a belligerent way because Unferth himself was not able to defeat Grendel. His embarrassment of his failure is what prompts him to act so contentiously. Unferth’s challenge to Beowulf beckons the question in the reader’s mind if whether or not Beowulf will be able to defeat Grendel.
I wouldn’t know what that word feels like. Then I saw him. The person I was to share the chamber with was like an evil doppleganger come to stalk me. I had hoped that whoever kept me here would refrain from torturing me with another one. Another man looking through my flesh, past my pulsing heart, and straight through my soul.