Instead of repenting for his sins he escapes them. Plus he is worried about his daughter because he believes that they will have a horrible future because of him. (LINES 1318-1923) Also by acting in his weak behavior he is trying to avoid his fate again. He does this physically. Because he was blind to the prophecy, he blinds himself to remember everything he had done.
His moral and social prestige and contrasting roles as a reverend minister and adulterer give him a rare chance to play a rarely seen type of character. Dimmesdale’s moral ambiguity comes from his lack of courage to be the right person and to do the right thing. Dimmesdale is devastated, from a character standpoint, by his role in impregnation and thus adultery with Hester Prynne. He is terribly afraid of the public finding out about his role in all of this in fear that, in learn that their beloved minister has fallen into sin, they too will fall and never see the gates of Heaven. In a grand demonstration of his cowardice he says, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life.
He is blind because he thinks that he is making the right choice when in reality he is leading himself into chaos. Getting into the middle of the book, Macbeth admits that he is having strange self-delusions. This is most likely his guilty conscience but he is blind to this and ignores it. He explains to lady Macbeth that it is merely just his lack of experience when it comes to crime, “...My strange and self-abuse is the initiate fear that wants hard use. We are yet but young in deed.” (III iv 174-175).
Creon, the tragic hero, performs actions with a very clouded judgment. Haimon and Therieseis notice his foolishness early on and attempt to correct him but he refuses to admit his faults. Because Creon became king for his blood and not ability, he has no sense of how a king is suppose
His insults of Tiresias’ and his blindness, accusation of both Creon and Tiresias plotting against him, and the vicious handling of the old shepherd to extort information from him show his complete frustration in his determination to find the truth. However Oedipus’ impious actions are not contributory to demise, as his fate is established well before the
His fickle favor toward his servants, and not to mention his family, proves his inconsistency and instability. Although appointed by the gods, his reign has exposed the abused and misused privilege of representing the gods in his earthly position. King Creon’s irrational edict stated that any man who dares to bury Polyneices would suffer death by stoning. Is it a mere human’s prerogative to determine another man’s eternal fate? Because Antigone had nothing left to live for, while knowing the sentence of stoning, Antigone defied King Creon’s edict in order to fulfill her duty.
Curley has obviously decided it is not worth fighting him but before he leaves he instructs Lennie as he still wants to intimidate him and show him that he has an authoritive figure. In this extract Curley has clearly unnerved Lennie as Lennie constantly seems to be in some discomfort for example “Lennie squirmed under the look and shifted his feet nervously”. John Steinbeck does well to produce powerful imagery by simply using the word “squirmed”. This shows that Lennie is embarrassed and does not know what to do and this causes tension as Curley senses his advantage while George is worried about a possible confrontation. Another example is “Lennie twisted with embarrassment”.
(3.3 29+32) The fatal flaw of the third conspirator, Cassius is that he is scared of what will happen to him after he murdered Caesar. Cassius and Brutus though that Anthony will turn Rome against them and realize what they did was wrong and their traitors. Cassius’s famous quote is “” Men at times are masters of their fates; the fault; dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves””. (1.2 139-142) In conclusion, these conspirators lead to their own downfall by not listening to each other.
He does not listen to Teiresias’ warning. Teiresias tells Creon to make right of his abuse of power by granting proper burial rights and freeing Antigone from her impending death. Teiresias warns Creon that his corruption, stubbornness, and disregard for citizen’s rights is an abuse of his power. Because Teiresias is always right, Creon eventually decides to listen to him. This conflict proves the quote true because Creon disrespects the gods because of his new power.
Machiavelli says it is better to be feared the loved. As for that statement, I strongly disagree. He does have means for saying that, but his morals are wrong. Machiavelli shows himself to be a person who does not understand the importance of love and acceptance, for him all that is important is power and conquering. First, he says “A prince should make himself feared in such a way that, though he does not gain he love, he escapes hatred.” Clearly, Machiavelli does not understand the importance of love and respect.