Dante’s Inferno Canto III Explication Canto III begins with Dante reading an inscription above the Gates of Hell. From where Dante is standing, the screams and cries of the damned souls can be heard. These souls were rejected by God and not accepted by Hell; therefore these souls can be found “nowhere” because of their cowardly refusal to choose between God and Satan during their life. Their punishment is to be tormented by wasps and hornets for eternity while remaining in the Ante-Inferno. Dante uses precise descriptive imagery and symbolism to expose the perverse affliction these unfortunate souls are forced to endure and illustrates an insight to their previous life and current suffering to the reader.
In the case of the black community, they were often discriminated against just because of the color of their skin, this showed the racism present during the time. Likewise, with Aunt Alexandra, when she called the Cunninghams trash because of their low place in the social hierarchy in the town. Both of these examples showed just how much prejudice there was during the 1930’s. Furthermore, there were the foolish rumors of Boo Radley circulating around the town, this symbolized the pettiness and the amount the town judged others based on their differences. Along with the fact that Atticus shot the infected Mad dog, Tim Johnson, which symbolized the death of the town’s madness.
*line 360: Tiresias speaking of the problems that the city wants solved; "How terrible-to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!" line 425-7: Oedipus scolding Tiresias for accusing him of being the curse upon the town; "Blind, lost in the night, endless night that nursed you! You can't hurt me or anyone else who sees the light-you can never touch me." line 441-2: Oedipus again, "going to town" on Tiresias; "...this fortune-teller peddling lies, eyes peeled for his own profit-seer blind in his craft!" line 470-1: Tiresias "responding" to Oedipus's attacks; "You with your precious eyes, you're blind to the corruption of your life," line 477-9: Same as 470-1; "...their footfall treading you down in terror, darkness
There are many destructive forces in this world that may destroy our humanity, beat down our beliefs and wreak havoc on our morals. Greed, arrogance, anger, ignoranceâ¦ but none so powerful as racism. Racism is the worst kind of prejudice in society, and as illustrated in âTo Kill a Mockingbirdâ by what befalls Tom and Helen Robinson and Bob Ewell, it can ruin peopleâs lives. An unnecessary evil, it brings down misery in some way to all who harbour or are victim to it. The most apparent victim of racism in âTo Kill a Mockingbirdâ is Tom Robinson, the black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell.
It is quite ironic how the original Thane of Cawdor was a traitor and now Macbeth follows down the same path. Furthermore, Macbeth feels regretful since he knows he can never get rid of this sin. If others identify Macbeth’s sin, he will be frowned upon and punished. Macbeth questions “will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean for my hand?” (2.2.63, 64). Macbeth believes that there is no amount of water that can cleanse his sin.
Monday, June, 18, 2012 "To Kill A Mockingbird" The Injustices of Racism The novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" written by Harper Lee is about the life of a family living in a small town in Alabama. In the 1930s a person could be hated, outlawed and wanted dead because of the colour of their skin. The main topic is injustice. First Tom Robinson is wrongly accused and convicted because he is a black man, then Atticus, Scout and Jem are made fun of and gossiped about by the town. Next the mixed children are completely alone and ignored because of their background.
They assumed that if creatures did not know the methods or language of God: then they were not sent by God but by the evil. The scenery introduces a sense of darkness or critism that will come from society towards the angel. As the story opens, the couple Pelayo and Elisenda live in a state of poverty where loads of crabs invade their home. To make thing even worse, their newborn son is deathly ill at night. The couple took crucial actions when they were told that the old man was an angel
However, when her father caught her in the act, her reaction can not be pardoned. She refused to take any responsibilities for her actions, and, instead, accused Tom of rape. Her irresponsible actions caused the death of an innocent man, ripped his family apart, and jeopardized two young lives. Therefore, Mayella Ewell should be held responsible for her actions and deserves condemnation. First of all, Mayella caused the death of an innocent man: Tom Robinson.
Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear. A fear that they will get lynched for a crime they did not commit. Stereotyping is a human instinct. We will always stereotype people's race, class and families. When Aunt Alexandra lived with the Finches, she said this to Scout about the Cunninghams, "Because he is trash, that's why you cant play with him.