The aberrant perspective of Gilgamesh which I am presenting may seem divergent and atypical when analysed in accordance to our modern values and principles, but to Gilgamesh this would be quite natural. The values and ethics that contemporary readers hold shape their perspective of characters as they respond in various ways to the adventures that said characters undertake. A perfect example of this is when the narrator speaks of the state of Uruk and says “No son is left with his father, for Gilgamesh takes them all”. From this, the contemporary audience frames Gilgamesh as an immoral tyrant, as their value of free will is being challenged. However, Gilgamesh’s intentions were in the interest of the people, as he moulded the sons into warriors to protect the city.
The protagonist, Vincent Freeman, disguises himself with a new identity as Jerome Morrow. He rebels against the status quo by disapproving the theory of elitism and proves of his supreme willpower although ironically, he is the weakest character physically. His determination and willpower play a large role in his willingness to rebel against the social norm, to accomplish what nobody believed he could – “You wanted to know how I did it. That’s how I did it, Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back”.
He thinks that he is the only one that opposes the corrupt authority, but does not reach out to other people because he is afraid. The Party's manipulation causes each member of society to feel isolated, and causes many to accept the Party's words as the truth. When members of society feel isolated, they turn to INGSOC for answers, even if they know it is false. The personification in the passage illustrates how INGSOC controls thought by changing history. Winston personifies the past, saying that it, "was dead" (25).
It is probably better this way because he is considered a hero with no foundation to back it up. Truthfully, he is quite the opposite of what it takes to be a hero. He lacks chivalry, true bravery, thoughtfulness, perseverance, and caution. In fact, he is a tyrannical, cowardice, selfish, weak, and rash excuse for a king. Gilgamesh has been wrongfully inducted into the idea of what a hero, leader, and king should be.
All the evidence is there and it proves why this tale is one of caution. The story warns the reader that if you were mean and greedy, no one would like you. Also, the book shows how a man like Scrooge would not leave a positive impact on the world. One of the biggest fears in life is to die alone without leaving some sort of positive impact on the earth, or at the very least in one persons life. People should take caution in these facts, so that they can live their lives happily and not obtain the same unfortunate fate as
They all elaborate and personify madness as a derivation of vitality, form of genius, sanity put to good use. You see, if I’m not mistaken, two of society’s most reliable sources contradict between their statements. And yet we haven’t come to the amusing part. Society is unable to differentiate let alone comprehend the difference between such astray notions. Gentleman, reflect and ponder, society should not define madness for us, society itself is mad.
Voltaire shows how Candide slowly realizes this logic when he encounters constant conflict and disaster after leaving the Baron’s castle and his old “perfect world”. Candide sees how almost everyone in this world acts selfishly only to reap benefits for themselves and take away from their fellow humanity. Some people probably think that Voltaire may come off as a pessimistic, but he really is just trying to show how foolish optimistic people and corrupt religion can be when you live in a world that constantly challenges you and makes you suffer so much. Essentially Voltaire is trying to tell us that the happiness of humanity is impossible, because the only “real” life is the life where you endure good things and bad things and not the life where you live in the best of all worlds and have no problems and everything is handed to
Vonnegut’s pessimistic attitude is geared harshly to the ideology on how everyone should be the same with no winners or losers, all having to succumb to being merely mediocre. When Harrison Bergeron reveals himself, it is at this point we are seeing Kurt Vonnegut’s voice and opinion being emitted from Bergeron. It reveals that Vonnegut being like Bergeron would die rather than continue to abide by a society sullied by hideous and unnecessary laws of
The root of Creon’s immoral behavior, towards Antigone, is not an inability to distinguish between what is wrong and what is right, but rather a fear of what would happen if he were to choose the morally right way to function. In the play, Creon says that he is very afraid to stray from the established laws in anyway, until the very day he dies (Sophocles 1495). Creon is a power-hungry leader. He is developing into a tyrant. Creon is compared to “a politician without the capacity to be a statesman, because he cannot resist the temptations of power” (Winnington-Ingram).
In “Happy Talk” Oscar Hammerstein writes, “I don’t believe anyone can enjoy living in this world unless he can accept its imperfection. He must know and admit that he is imperfect, that all other mortals are imperfect, that it is childish to allow these imperfections to destroy all his hope and all his desire to live” (par. 5). Bad things happen to good people, to think otherwise would be a mistake. Without the understanding that the world is not a perfect place, it becomes near impossible to deal with the negative and preserver.