This is the POV because he is praising Fuxi’s invention and is explaining its widespread use in the society. An additional document that I would want is one that shows the use and importance of the pestle and mortar by a person who used it. This would solidify the view that these creations were of value and that technology was important to the society. The invention of the waterpowered blowingengine, by Tu Shih, was adopted and used in many areas, his leadership and creations were all viewed in a positive light
*Lord Henry, who enjoys manipulating people to calm his hedonist feelings, imposing him by his radical, yet catchy theories of life. In the beginning of the book, when he meets Dorian, he tells him "[An influenced person's] virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development.
Although his actions are very insane, they can be seen as rational to reader considering hedonism. Devotion to pleasure, hedonism, makes Dorian be deceitful about his true self by deflecting the attention of the public from the mad man to the beautiful and intelligent gentlemen. Dorian is, young, sensitive, and emotional, meaning that he is susceptible to manipulation. Lord Henry takes advantage of that opportunity and gives Dorian the yellow book; this book opens up the world of hedonism and aestheticism which eventually turns his young life into an eternal oblivion of misery. Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth.
In simpler language, it means to aim for perfection. On the surface, it sounds nice, but all this ignores the basic human trait, the one shared across cultures, languages, and races: imperfection. To be human is to be errant. Thus, the dreams of idealists often get dashed and projects they attempt often end either in failure or at least "less than they could have been." On the other hand, realism means "the inclination towards literal truth and pragmatism" (ibid).
These stories both have the concept of beauty; Dorian Gary and Narcissus are beautiful, young and handsome. In The Picture of Dorian Gray the artist Basil Hallward believes that Dorian’s beauty is the inspiration for all of his art. “Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh school,” Hallward declared, “a school that is to have in it all passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek.” Narcissus was Greek, so he also in a way influenced Basil. Without a doubt, Dorian and Narcissus were both distinguished for their beauty. Dorian and Narcissus have a very similar love plot; both had one true love: Dorian’s being Sibyl Vane, and Narcissus’s being Echo.
Emptiness & blindness Gr.Gatsby Author F. Scott Fitzgerald proves that material things do not always create happiness by portraying that this is not how love is gained or given. The author describes two characters, Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, who both use materialism to attempt to provide themselves with the feelings of love. In the novel The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald conveys, through symbolism and characterization, that with materialism and excess, man eventually becomes empty. Tom Buchanan is a man whose materialism, leads him to become empty and blind. People who are obsessed with material objects are materialistic and excessive.
Not that life is bad, but that the physical pleasures and physical reality are less than divine. The best conditions include those that are free from distraction. While the ascetic priest is essentially denying life, he is actually preserving the life that he cherishes so much. The ascetic priest desires power and believes that “this life is an illusion”. Nietzsche says, in his second essay, the primary objection to ascetic ideals is that ascetic priests must deny the value of this life; he portrays it as a link to the next life, rather than appreciating life as an end in itself.
In this essay, I will argue that Schopenhauer’s metaphysics inevitably leads to pessimism, since even though a temporary optimism may be found through the escape from the will via asceticism or aesthetics, the end result is still ultimately a kind of ‘nothingness’. This renders life purposeless and hence meaningless, which is profoundly and dismally pessimistic. I will argue that his metaphysics is based on a false premise that all willing springs from lack or deficiency and I hope to demonstrate that, even if we concede that willing is the inner content and essence of life, that it is not only positive but can be creative and the solution, not the cause, of suffering. Secondly, I will argue that his partial optimism does not go far enough and is ill-explained; such release, as is offered, coming from ‘its own accord’ seems inconsistent with the notion of the blind, striving and as Young puts it, ‘evil’ will which is supposed to supersede all else. I will conclude with an examination of Young’s claim that Schopenhauer’s metaphysics is not pessimistic and my own assertion that while I must concede with Young, that certain keynotes – for example, the universality of mankind – point towards something positive, Schopenhauer’s thesis falls short of ‘love’, or any meaningful transcendence which for me, would be the supreme optimism.
Stanley, a practical man firmly grounded in the physical world, disdains Blanche’s fabrications and does everything he can to unravel them. The relationship between Blanche and Stanley is a struggle between appearances and reality. It propels the play’s plot and creates an overarching tension. Ultimately, Blanche’s attempts to rejuvenate her life and to save Stella from a life with Stanley fail. One of the main ways the author dramatizes fantasy’s inability to overcome reality is through an exploration of the boundary between exterior and interior.
Touchstone is a character who has an individual opinion on the idea of love. His idea is unromantic, but practical. This can be seen in the following quote, “ by how much defence is better than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to want.” In this quote, touchstone implies that it is better to be cheated on rather than to have no woman at all and go on unsatisfied. This shows his practicality and also shows how he is quite selfish when it comes to love. “ he is not like to marry me well and, not being well married it will be a good excuse for me hereafter to leave my wife” , this quote illustrates his unromantic portrayal of love, as he is willing to go through great measures to avoid being tied down to one woman.