The theme of deception in Shakespeare’s plays The typical themes of Shakespeare’s works, especially his plays, often reflect popular moods, problematic occurrences and typical traits of human nature from his time which are relevant even today. One such theme is deception. The idea of deception in Shakespeare’s plays has many different faces. In one instance, it is accidental, as in The Comedy of Errors. In another instance, it is used as defense against greater harm, as in Othello.
In order to unite himself with the reader, Orwell concludes his essay with an acknowledgement of the fact that the very essay he is writing probably includes some of the mistakes he finds in the work of other writers, which contribute to the decline of the English language. The essence of Orwell’s essay is a criticism of the English language and an outline of its general decline, by identifying himself as part of the problem he includes himself in the” guilty party”, rather then accusing the public of neglecting their duty to use language properly. By taking ownership of his role as part of
“How far would you agree that the characters’ susceptibility to deception is what drives the plot in this dramatic comedy?” Much Ado About Nothing is a dramatic comedy written by William Shakespeare. Its main themes include deception, social grace, honour, marriage and gender- with characters falling in love, falling out of love, being disgraced and being accepted once more; but what really drives the plot in this dramatic comedy? Many would argue that it is the characters’ susceptibility to deception as deceit is one of its main themes. I am going to argue for and against this and come to a conclusion of how far I’d agree that it is what drives the main plot. Much Ado is a play based around the theme of deliberate deception- sometimes this deception is malevolent and sometimes benevolent but much of the play hinges around them and their effect on the characters.
Postulating that indifference is a dangerous road, he wants the reader to understand that indifference can have unintended consequences that will eventually lead to atrocities. He starts putting the reader into this mind set by asking, “ what will the legacy of this vanishing century be?” (Wiesel 533). Wiesel wants to engulf the reader in a cone of tumultuous emotions so that they may be cautious and vigilant against the evils of irrelevance. He provides many examples of how indifference is dangerous and how indifference can bring about the demise of civilized society. The capacity for society to revert back into accepting atrocities is why Wiesel’s formulates his speech to caution the audience.
Guilt Did It Guilt is a mental experience that occurs when a person believes or realises that they have committed an offense against ones morals. This guilty feeling develops whether or not the violation is real or imagined. Authors often give characters a guilty conscience to reveal their thoughts and possibly next actions. This is evident in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip. It is up to their characters choose to be active or inactive on the problems they are left with, as those characters make wrong choices their regrets build.
In an essay he wrote about his play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller argues that a tragic hero is not necessarily one who is noble of birth. However, the tragic hero must have these traits: he must suffer, be doomed from the start and his decline inevitable, be basically noble in nature, and have free choice to some degree. Also, his inevitable fate must result from a tragic flaw, and his story must arouse fear and pity. If these qualities are truly what makes a tragic hero, then it can be said that Ethan Frome is a tragic hero, and, therefore, that his story is a tragedy. This can be said because Ethan Frome meets every requirement listed by Miller.
Chaucer saw this in people and knew that a person couldn’t be classified as good or evil because we are a mixture of both. He presented this very strongly in the way that he presented his pilgrims. He showed, for many of the pilgrims, that they had good intentions, such as the Pardoner. At the same time, he wasn’t afraid to show their evil side. The Pardoner is a prime example of his presentation of humans because he showed that he had good intentions, to help people and to pardon their sins, but he also had his evil side, which was to tell people that they have sinned simply to earn himself a few extra coins.
Creon and Antigone are both honourable people, yet both are fatally proud and that is the source of the tragedy. To what extent do you agree? The source of tragedy in Antigone by Sophocles cannot be simply attributed to the hamartia of the two protagonists, Creon and Antigone. Both are guilty with being fatally proud as they refuse to listen to other people and are determined to execute their free will. Though both are honourable people because they adhere to their principles without question, they have also shown that they are not honourable as their hubris clouds their judgement, ultimately leading to the tragedy of the play.
Jay Gatsby and Macbeth are in many ways responsible for their own downfalls, though I believe that Macbeth contributes more directly to his downfall than the comparatively indirect actions of Gatsby. Both characters are in some ways also to blame for the demise of other characters and their unrealistic hopes, dreams and ambitions bring about their untimely death. Moreover, the influence of key characters, especially women, whom are associated with Macbeth and Gatsby contribute to some extent to the two protagonists’ downfalls. The presentation of Macbeth and Gatsby at the start of their stories to the reader are contrasting to that at the end. The fist mention of Macbeth at the start of the play is by witches.
Tell-Tale Heart Literary Analysis What a person does in the dark will come to the light./ In the end of life, we are all judged by a higher being for our actions. / We are generally determined as a good person or bad person depending on the majority of good or bad we have done in our life. / But in the end, all our secrets will come out. / Many pieces of literature explore the topic of good and evil. / Author Edgar Allen Poe, in his eerie short story “The Tell-Tell Heart,” uses mood, symbolism and themes to explore the dark world of evil.