The theme of pride leading to one’s downfall is shown through Haimon, the Choragus, and Tiresias. To begin, Haimon emphasises Creon's hamartia through their conversation about Antigone. Haimon states that “it is not reason never to yield to reason” (Sophocles 26). Haimon understands his father's arrogance and attempts to prevent Creon from “going astray” (Sophocles 26). Consequently, Creon’s pride overcomes him as he claims, “The State is King” (Sophocles 27).
Cyrano’s view of success is the antipode to Le Bret’s; he believes that success is to be “careless of glory, indifferent to the bane or boon of fortune, … [and] free” (lines 58-9 and 75), while Le Bret believes that one must “seek condescension, favor, influence, introductions” (lines 46-8), as Cyrano sarcastically puts it. Le Bret alludes Cyrano’s
“Humble yourself or life will do it for you,” is a common quote used by many. This idea of being humble to avoid consequences applies well to the book Antigone by Sophocles. It shows how if one has too much pride, they will be humbled in one way or another. In Antigone, Creon had tunnel vision, not listening to anyone. His fatal flaw was hubris, ultimately leading to the downfall of him.
How could she consider this absurd notion after the consternation she underwent? It is not inconceivable that one would forgive suffering and death by the hands of man and call them unadulterated? This is exactly what Anne Frank did. Anne Frank, engulfed with insufferable trials, still speculated that optimism was essential to surviving such atrocious acts. This is proved by her writing, "If we begin thinking of all the horror in the world, we're lost!"
The key to happiness depends on whom you ask, but who is right? A19th-century French writer, Gustave Flaubert, believes: stupidity, selfishness, and good health dictate whether someone can feel happy, and that if “stupidity is lacking, all is lost”. He gives very specific and objective measures of happiness, but, how can a subjective emotion be governed by objective reasoning? Additionally, the reason we feel a specific emotion is due to an assortment of variables; how we were raised as children, how are parents act, how are friends act and even the weather effects our mood. Gustave Flaubert strongly believes stupidity is the strongest requirement for achieving happiness.
So, in order to restore order within one’s individual life, one must defy the social norms that distance themselves from nature to find harmony with it. Furthermore, his use of tone to exemplify his argument is also effective as he condemns people for living rushed, unfulfilled lives for the sake of prosperity and materialistic possessions. When Thoreau says that ”when we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality,”(279) he employs a critical tone by stating that people are blinded by these petty things that misconstrue
The power of optimism is both beautiful and dangerous. In Gatsby’s case he is optimistic to the point of being dangerous. Gatsby is character with no regard for realistic views and has a dream like state in everything he does. He fails to grasp reality and lives in world where he controls everything. Gatsby’s limitless love for Daisy again is shown after Myrtle’s death when Gatsby decides, “I want to wait here until Daisy goes to bed,” (Fitz 145).
Sentences like “My son, it is clear that you don’t know what you are doing” (Sophocles 55) salutes to the ignorance of the supposedly “wise” king. Using words like “son”, Sophocles gives an sign that even the messenger It illustrates the flaws that exist in Oedipus, amplifies it by comparing him to other who are supposedly
When he makes a mistake, he is too proud to correct it and to admit that he was wrong. Iago takes advantage of Othello’s stubborn character and uses them to destroy all that precious for Othello. He encourage Othello’s pride by flattering him and convinces that decisions are taken by him are always
The sacred word: EGO” (Rand 105). Equality 7-2521’s journey to individuality has finally reached an acme where he discovers his true purpose. He has discovered the importance of the word I, and his discovery helps him question the life he has been living, and envision a world free from oppression. Anthem by Ayn Rand details the scary, yet feasible possibility of a world without individuality, education, and questions. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, lives in a world where freedom of speech is a sin, curiosity is viewed as a curse, and the sense of an ego is completely lost.