When he met Lord Henry, his eyes were opened and he was sure that it was his way to freedom for his desires. When they met, Henry says “You, Mr. Gray... with your rose-red youth... and ... boyhood ... you have had passions that have made you afraid... nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul”(Wilde, 25-26). Because of his desires, Dorian was influenced by Henry and he decided to follow his bodily desires because Henry made it clear to him that if he does not, his soul will be sick.
All actions have an inverse action that can be acquired. The novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, significantly portrays the inverse options in life. Superficial happiness is the leading cause for double standards. The main character preservers through an abundance of difficult situations, while retaining his beauty. This is all due to his double life that he has come accustomed to living.
“I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone.” The character Cyrano can be described as many different things, from being an uncomfortable man to look at, to being a hopeless romantic. In Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond displays Cyrano as heroic because he is superior to other characters, extremely witty, and a romantic idealist. Cyrano is extremely witty. He comes off as the cool guy, the one that doesn’t let anything bother him, but in reality he has his own flaws just like everyone else.
Benvolio said to Romeo that, “ Signior Martino and his wife and daughters, some beautious sisters” and lovely nieces”_ and of course Rosaline, Romeo’s last love, destined for the nunnery rather than his arms”(1.2.64). This quote shows that Benvolio is cheering up Romeo so that he could go to Capulet’s party. Benvolio should be Pardoned because he was honest with prince and told him every single thing which happened. He told what happened between Romeo and Tybalt and so whose fault was that so that is why he should be pardoned.
The Witch Hunt Leading a life of regret is a challenging existence for any man for guilt weighs heavily on the soul. John Proctor, the protagonist in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, is burdened by an immoral act, a torrid affair, which has cost him his name and integrity. Forgiveness comes at a great price, one that he must come to terms with. John Proctor undergoes a transformation from a man battling internal strife to a man who rediscovers his personal integrity.
One of the seven deadly sins is the act of having too much pride. Pride in general is not an evil feeling to have. It is human to have pride in oneself, but having too much pride is unhealthy and will cause problems somewhere along the way. Two characters who show a harmful amount of pride are Sylvia from Toni Bambara’s “The Lesson” and Sammy John Updike’s “A&P”. A famous quotation states “Pride (arrogance) comes before Destruction... and a haughty spirit, before a fall.”
It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him.
The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family. After the first murder, Macbeth feels a colossal amount of guilt and shame. After the murder of Banquo, he feels that it is not enough since Fleance escaped, developing his guilt and shame of harming others into a fear for his own safety; a devastating degradation. However, during the assassination of Macduff’s family, Macbeth gives the command immediately without thought and without a trace of remorse after doing so. This thereby concludes his psychological downfall as he no longer feels guilty, ashamed, or fears
But we can see after he finds out about the truth, he is forced to act because of his morality beliefs. The battle in Hamlet’s tragedy occurs in a dynamic society that is created by opposing forces that contradict with each other and Hamlet is a philosophical prince who blames the court for impunity, injustice, and murder; and all of these problems prevents him from being a part of court’s social life and he becomes depressed. Hamlet’s deep depression effects on his behaviors until he even doesn’t act like prince and becomes mad. His madness effect on his judgment and makes him to become obsessed with the death; even he sees death as the only way to take revenge. We can see that Hamlet explores death in every facet of the play from many different angles and how he develops his definition of death from the materially to morality perspective.
This prompts the readers to re-evaluate the killers character, until he murders the rest of the family. Ultimately, the theme is how widespread beliefs of a person can misconstrue their nature. This misunderstanding can result in the distortion of a person’s character, transforming them into something they never would have become. This is extremely applicable to the Misfit. Throughout the story, the reader becomes aware of the inherent negative perceptions of the misfit.
Finally, Macbeth 's greediness and committing murder drives him to experience guilt and causes his mental decline. To begin, when he decides to kill Duncan, Macbeth hallucinates and questions “is this a dagger I see before me” (Shakespeare II.i.33). Even before this murderous act, Macbeth is shown to be affected mentally at the thought of killing. After stabbing King Duncan, he starts hearing strange voices in his mind “[he] hears a crying voice, sleep no more”(Shakespeare II.ii.32-33) suggesting that already regrets the murder. Macbeth considers himself a sinner,“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash...”(II.ii.58-59) and the inability to say “ Amen...”(Shakespeare II.II.24).
Picture of Dorian Gray Archetypes Most novels follow the general archetypes when it comes to its characters, and The Picture of Dorian Gray is no exception. Oscar Wilde uses various archetypical characters to send a message, especially about the power of influence. In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Basil Hallward embodies the archetype of the mentor to show the power of good influence, while Lord Henry embodies the archetype of the devil figure to show the power of bad influence and temptation.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Literary Essay Foreshadowing is a literary device used as a warning or indication of a future event, this literary technique is ever present in the demise of Dorian Gray. In Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray foreshadowing establishes the true depravity that exists within his relationships. Dorian establishes few healthy relationships throughout the novel, and Basil Hallward accurately foreshadows the effects of Dorians true enemy. Dorians relationship with his “true love” Sybil Vane, is in many ways foreshadowed by her brother James, and leads many to see what Dorian Gray’s personality is behind just his looks. Everyone has hostile relationships and the strikingly beautiful Dorian Gray is no exception, but few foreshadow his true depravity as well as Basil Hallward.
Did you know that flowers actually do represent people and/or events in Hamlet and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Through the use of flowers, The authors William Shakespeare for Hamlet and Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray, reveal underlying messages about the characters and plot. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Ophelia used flowers to describe each character. This all started when Hamlet kills Ophelia’s father and she becomes mad. In her madness Ophelia gives flowers to each of the characters in the Hamlet.