This essay will explore the reasons why Nero was thought to be a destructive ruler and contrast the opinions found in ancient sources with that of modern beliefs. Before he was born he was destined for tragedy. He supposedly committed matricide as well as killing other family members. Nero is known for his extreme hate for Christians and trying to eliminate them. He was scandalously a lover of all things Greek.
Dimmesdale, however, as the town minister, wears his own scarlet “A” burned upon his flesh, since it is the community's rage he fears the most. Chillingworth sees the “A” as a quest for revenge to find the adulterer. Chillingworth's misshapen body reflects (or symbolizes) the anger in his soul, which builds as the novel progresses, similar to the way Dimmesdale's illness reveals his inner turmoil. The “A” also stands for "Angel" when it is seen in the sky on the night when Hester and Dimmesdale are standing on the scaffold together. One of the most complex and misunderstood characters in the novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.
Canto by Canto: A Righteous Journey for Inner Salvationo: The average human is unable to process the most obscene and graphic of depictions while visualizing Hell in its rawest form, but with a grueling and mind-consuming task present, could this human nature change? In Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri, Dante the pilgrim goes on a harrowing journey looking for salvation, stumbling amongst unique circles of sinners who eventually change his perspective on how mankind processes the judgment of the almighty God. Subsequently, Dante furthers the purpose of his work as a whole by demonstrating God’s poetic justice throughout Hell with the utilization of irony and imagery. Dante Alighieri, a man chosen by god to relay the true meaning of salvation, begins to develop irony between sin and punishment throughout Upper Hell to show God’s holy authority. For example, after Dante and Virgil enter the Vestibule, the two explorers spot a group of people who “are stung exceedingly by gadflies and hornets,” all while these sinners “run [after] a banner rapidly” (Alighieri III).
Captain Beatty is a clear example of wasted knowledge as he is influenced by society and the government. Even though he is a literary expert, society has manipulated him to lie to himself and encouraged him to the burning of books, even if he knew perfectly their value. Captain Beatty reads all the books and is literate enough to know that books are necessary for society. Yet, he burns them because he claims that society, in its search for happiness which is brought by minimizing cultural offenses through what he believes is political correctness, will bring the suppression of literature. This is an act of self-censorship where the
Julian Tamburro Mr. Torbert Quotation Analysis - Inferno Quotation 1: Dante and Virgil has just passed circle six, the sinners of Heretics. They begin to move onto the the lower half of Hell. The lower half of Hell consists of sins of violence, fraud, and treachery. Unlike the sins in the upper part of Hell that were incontinence sins, which means that you did not have complete self control over your sinful acts, the lower Hell sins are sins that people committed intentionally to hurt others. Dante and Virgil arrive at the Gates of Dis, the gateway into lower Hell.
In most cases revenge turns the avenger into the avenged; acts of deception consume ones soul leaving no room for justice. Montresor seems to be avenged [because of an unnamed insult] by cleverly leading Fortunato through the catacombs to his premeditated demise. Poe’s use of dramatic irony leaves one to believe that Fortunato exacts the last revenge by burdening Montresor with a haunting guilt that Montresor carries for more than 50 years. Poe’s use of situational irony leaves the reader asking if to take revenge is to often sacrifice one self’s soul. The opening paragraph in this story loosely defines why Montresor seeks revenge and what he views as revenge.
Possibly Faustus’ greatest sin is his hubris and linked to that -its constant greed, before selling his soul Faustus already had everything that any person in his time could possibly need, however because of his avoidable desire for a power greater than he was meant to have, he sacrificed his soul to the devil. Finally, this leads to his destruction and his life ends in ruins simply to satisfy his greed and pride. Notably, Faustus is compared to Icarus with "His waxen wings” which symbolises the danger of Faustus' pride since it was Icarus' pride that led him to fly so close to the sun that his wings melted and “conspired his overthrow”, emphasis on this like suggests it will foreshadow something that is going to happen later on to Faustus. Faustus is lured to the idea of forbidden knowledge and envious of the fact that he cannot obtain this in his own power. Consequently, he results in reading ‘heavenly necromancy books’.
The Image of Satan in Paradise Lost Abstract: Paradise Lost is Minton’s masterpiece. It is a long epic in 12 books, written in blank verse. The story were taken from the Old Testament: the creation of the earth and Adam and Eve, the fallen angels in hell plotting against God, Satan’s temptation of Eve, and the departure of Adam and Eve from Eden. Satan, is a controversial character in this epic poem, he and his followers are banished from heaven and driven into hell, but even here in hell, mist flames and poisonous fumes, Satan and his adherents are not discouraged. The poem ,as we are told at the outset, was “to justify the ways of God to man”.
Poe used symbolism to emphasize the pure disdain that Montresor felt for Fortunato, and the inevitable danger ahead. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story has multiple themes throughout. Revenge is conveyed as a driving factor, Montresor says he won’t stop until he gets revenge for his family. He states, “The thousand injuries Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.
The unnamed narrator has the burning urge to kill a man for no other reason than the fact that the man's eye is glossed over. Like in Poes's other story, the narrator is sure what he has done is the right thing but, the paronoia of the still beating hart drives the narrator mad with guilt. The two stories are full of Poe's attempts to leave lasting effects on his readers. The similarities and differences of the narrators are strong eveidence. It is hard to figure out who is crazeier, the paroniod schizophrenic or the revenge seeking phsycho.