In William Shakespeare’s famous historical play, Richard II, the character of King Richard is portrayed from the very beginning as a very shifting character. King Richard displays a nonexistent connection with his country; which for a man who was raised to be a king, shows a lack of control both over himself and the country. During the course of the play it is shown that his ultimate flaw was thinking like a man, instead of a king. As a man, he saw himself above his people and as a king, he failed to notice the political situations that led to his demise; coupled with his godlike thoughts of himself, King Richard was not a tragic hero, but a tragic fool. King Richard thought like a man instead of a king and this lead him to not only losing his title, but his credibility.
Hotspur is seen honourably through the eyes of King Henry the IV. The King’s speech to the people of his court provides a clear understanding of how Hotspur is seen as an honourable and heroic man. The King proclaims his jealousy of Lord Northumberland for having Hotspur as an honourable son, “Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin / In envy that my Lord Northumberland…” (1.1.77-78). The King sees Hotspur as a man of honour and a person respected by others, “A son who is the theme of honour's tongue” (1.1.80), while he views his own son as a disappointment, “See riot and dishonour stain the brow / Of my young Harry”
( 2). This lord sadly didn't consider other people that he disliked. He also disliked less pretty things in his appearance. Even worse, the lord was just a boastful, self centered man, for he didn't care about how others felt. The lord was so boastful and self centered that he couldn't stand ugly things, even if they were pretty before, so he demoted people and hide possessions that were no longer magnificent.
He is much less emotional than Hamlet and Laertes, as he is logical in his action. Both Hamlet and Fortinbras plan to avenge their father’s death from the start of the story ( Lynch 2). They both feel cheated of the crown after their father’s unrightful passing and that their uncles stripped them of their title. Hamlet is a soldier with no real power and seems to be okay with it; he doesn 't want to fight. Yet, Fortinbras is a soldier that takes it into his own hand to have power and loves to fight.
Thereby allowing Iago to use what influence and power he has retained to ruin Othello’s life and power dynamic. He relies completely on what he believes to be his merit (through status) rather than loyalty, which Othello favors. Another proprietor of power is Othello, who is more unexpected than the other characters to wield it. “I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege, and my demerits may speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune as this that I have reached” (Shakespeare,1280). As he is a non-European character he has had to have undeniable levels of experience to be appointed to his position, yet even then he is
A Tale of Two Cities is a story about a flawed man that had no interest in himself, others, and the world, changing into a hero through his journey on the road to the guillotine. Carton starts out in the novel as an alcoholic attorney that lacks self-confidence. He says, “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” Although he is very clever and does great work for his partner Stryver, he has no interest in himself, and gives all the glory that he could have received to Stryver. He wastes his skills and intelligence on drinking.
As the throne was rightfully his by blood, and clearly stolen by Claudius’ own selfish motives. Clearly, it is in this instance of such bitter distaste towards Claudius that Hamlet is not as galvanized by the death of his father, as most people would be. But rather towards the fact that Hamlet’s passage to
Upon discovering the sin committed between his wife and best friend, he nevertheless values his kingship before love. Arthur states, “And much more I am sorrier for my good knights’ loss than for the loss of my fair queen; for queens I might have enough, but such a fellowship of good knights shall never be together in no company” (Malory 336). For the king, brotherhood, loyalty, and the knightly code are more important than emotional entanglements. Lancelot and his knights are more of a liability to Arthur than the enchanting
At once Arthur got down on his knees as well because he was too humble and did not like the feeling of being superlative to anyone. (The Once And Future King pp 914). Arthur prefered to be treated as an equal although he was far greater than that. “He announced. ‘All shall be equal at this table.
Creon had his chance at a 'Happily Ever After ' if he could only control his obstinacy. Of course, the king 's pride clouds his judgment and leads to his utter downfall and cataclysmic realization of his faults. Through his story, it is evident that Creon is the tragic hero of the story Antigone because he exhibits the traits of stature, hamartia, and catharsis. Antigone, Ismene, Haimon, Eurydice, and a strong kingdom all stand tall by Creon as his most prized possessions loving family. Resembling all things in life, these valuables were not easily gained- but can be easily lost.
In Q1, Falstaff questions what is contained in and associated with the word honor as well as what honor is in general. As a commoner, Falstaff does not view honor as an essential part of his life, so he does not fully understand the mass amount of importance that the noblemen place on honor. During his monologue he says, “Honor hath no skill in surgerie then? No,” (L4V). From this line it is apparent that Falstaff holds abilities in a higher regard because of the visual and concrete benefits they make; for example, being a
So, is Gatsby doomed by his romanticization of Daisy, or by his refusal to accept that he just wasn 't born to be one of the wealthy men of leisure. Yes and yes. But more than that, the great Gatsby lives in a cold world that cares nothing for justice, a world that makes claims to fairness but really only further rewards those who have already been rewarded. Who even survives this novel? Only the idle rich: Jordan Baker, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Nick Caraway.