These stories show how society’s sense of justice has been undermined by the pessimistic attitude of postmodernism. These stories force readers to question the people we trust in society. Both are written with a sense of moral ambiguity and leave no resolution for us. They force us to ask ourselves what we are capable of, since we can no longer tell what the characters are capable of. In Ian Rankin’s short story, “The Dean Curse,” Brigadier General Dean comes across as a very wealthy, respected man.
He is honest of what he is saying. And also he is reflective because he has use himself as an example to show how much he dislike it, which is a great example to explain why he doesn’t like it. “In a job like that you see the dirty work of empire at close quarters.” * The reason why I choose “C. lugubrious and regretful” is because I’m totally guessing at that time. Well, he is kind of sad about his life by doing the thing he doesn’t like, which is kind of lugubrious.
From line 7 through to line 8, Iago has a long rant about Othello, as he felt he had been done an injustice when he was not chosen as lieutenant. Instead the post went to Michael Cassio whom he mocks, sarcastically defining him “a great arithmetician”, hardly a compliment for a man in a military position. He takes the offence even further by calling him a “bookish theoric” and a man of “mere prattle and no practice”. Here Shakepeare shows the audience a new aspect of Iago’s bitter character, jealousy. Iago is under the impression that he deserved the post more than Cassio.
The given passage is an excerpt from Ray Bradbury’s ‘A Sound of Thunder’ and this passage is a description of the slow, violent killing of a tyrannosaurus. The passage is fictional, written in the third person narrative and it is presented in 3 paragraphs. Ray Bradbury’s intension in this passage is to thoroughly and graphically describe the killing of the dinosaur and he conveys this through his powerful use of language. He tries to create a response from the readers where the readers are disgusted at the dinosaur. The tone of the passage is quite sinister and bitter as it is describing the death of an animal.
He is intrinsically good, but makes a poor decisions based on a lack of knowledge coupled with a basic human trait, taken to an extreme degree. His hamartia, or error in judgment, falls in his rigidity which surfaces itself many times in the tragedy. From his initial departure from his birth parents, Oedipus is put into a whirlwind of secrets, mysteries, and betrayal. In addition to satisfying these critical traits the focus of the play lies on a moral question with the main character as a person of significant importance. The audience and Teiresias alone know of Oedipus’ past, and such a fact puts the audience seemingly in a position of power.
Whenever someone treats him cruelly he responds by assuming that their actions are caused by lack of knowledge or mistake. Charlie's increasing intellectual capacity forces him to adopt a far more cynical look on those around him. This cynical outlook not only drains his trust to a healthy level but turns into an almost paranoid condition. The more subtle change in which the coldness appears is that he becomes condemning of lesser intelligent people, dismissing professors as shams with very narrow fields of knowledge. This development in Charlie's personality is ironic since his ambition in the beginning of the story is to get enough mental prowess to be included in the same community that he distances himself from when he criticizes the average human as being limited and slow.
Society is corrupted and stained by humanity’s desire for a perfect world. Superiority is a nonexistent theory that you can find invading people’s minds to fill a void. That void today is “living.” People fill this void with things both eternal and temporal. Prufrock could be called depressed and in this day and age, emo. In other words, Prufrock was always on the negative side of himself rarely thinking positive things.
In conformism the narrator lost his sense of direction. He became so engrossed in his act, his previous identities were but fading remnants of a distant past. I believe individuality is amongst, if not the most important human trait. I also believe in the tangibility of will power, and the immorality in using it to urge conformism, and in the next paragraph, I will summarize my reasoning using George Orwell’s piece as my reference point. It was clear, the author felt a sense of dirtiness/immorality in being the enforcer of imperialism.
This great build up of yearning to meet the malevolent and kind man known as Kurtz only to learn that he is a sickly old man that has been broken by white man burden is one of Conrad’s displays of modernism because this technique shows how man anticipations can twisted. This new plot of anticipation causes upset in the reader because they too were distraught by the real Kurtz. Most of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was written in a perspective that gave the reader a sense of first
He rarely gives himself credit for his good deeds, but rather criticizes himself for the bad ones. This can be quoted in the book when Pip says, “I ought to tell him the whole truth. Yet I did not, and for the reason that I mistrusted that if I did, he would think me worse than I was” (410). This quote highlights Pip’s character which shows guilt and low self-esteem. To add on, Pip sees himself as a dishonorable person which is seen when he says “he would think me worse that I was” (410).