who hides and what is hidden? how does deceit function in the world of the play, and how does it help the play comment on life in general? a central motif in the play is trickery or deceit, whether for good or evil purposes. counterfeiting, or concealing one's true feelings, is part of this motif. everyone seems to lie; good characters as well as evil ones engage in deceit as they attempt to conceal their feelings: beatrice and benedick mask their feelings for one another with bitter insults; don john spies on claudio and hero; don pedro and his 'crew' deceive benedick and beatrice.
“Johnny Byron and Willy Loman are tragic figures” far do you agree that this statement fits Death of a salesman more that Jerusalem? Both miller and Butterworth use the characters, Willy and Johnny to portray the theme of a tragic figure. Struck by the misfortune of fate Willy Loman and Johnny Byron are trapped in their altered perception of reality which they have created using elaborate lies to mask their ordinary state, imprinting them both with the scar of a tragic flaw in which one character finds so hard to remove, it later becomes his downfall. What seems to be the most tormenting part of both plays is the characters indecision. Comparably each fictional character struggles to maintain their sanity, often reacting in rash and condescending behaviour.
In an essay he wrote about his play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller argues that a tragic hero is not necessarily one who is noble of birth. However, the tragic hero must have these traits: he must suffer, be doomed from the start and his decline inevitable, be basically noble in nature, and have free choice to some degree. Also, his inevitable fate must result from a tragic flaw, and his story must arouse fear and pity. If these qualities are truly what makes a tragic hero, then it can be said that Ethan Frome is a tragic hero, and, therefore, that his story is a tragedy. This can be said because Ethan Frome meets every requirement listed by Miller.
One instance is when The Cyclops, Polyphemus, asks for Odysseus’ name. He replies, “My name is Nohbody: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbody” (961). After Odysseus blinds him, the Cyclops tells all of the other Cyclopes that ‘nobody’ blinded him. This shows cleverness because the Cyclopes could not search for Odysseus afterward. They thought there is no reason to search for someone when no one blinded him.
Creon: The Tragic Hero In order for a character to be a tragic hero, he or she must possess certain traits. Some of the traits for the character to have are flaws, recognition and reversal, and suffering and loss. Creon, the tragic hero of Antigone has these traits. Throughout the play, Creon shows his flaws, he recognizes his mistakes, he tries to reverse his mistakes, and he goes trough a tragic amount of suffering and loss; making him the tragic hero. Creon’s prominent flaw is the amount of hubris he has.
Sometimes the tragic hero suffers from hubris, like know-it-all Oedipus. The goddess Nemesis waits until just the proper moment to tap his arrogance, blind him to the reality around him, and thereby lead him to his own destruction. But note: What separates the tragic hero from the arrogant fool who suffers the same fate is the sheer magnitude of his gifts, and thus the depth of the abyss into which he falls, and the spirit with which he
Antigone Essay Aleris Guereca Per.2 December 12 2011 Language arts (Honors) In the play Antigone by Sophocoles, Kreon the king of Thebes, is put in a position as a bad person who doesn’t care about no one but himself. They show this in the play by showing how Kreon doesn’t want to burry his own brother Polyneices which is not respectful to the people and his brother. Kreon puts himself against this position because he made a law that if his brother Polyneices died that no one could burry him. In the play Antigone there are many stages that Kreon has to go through to find himself. “I’m alive though, and no woman will rule me” (50).
Huck and Jim decided to travel together in a raft to Cairo; however, they get into arguments with each other. Huck gets ticked off and gave up saying, “you can’t learn a nigger to argue” (Twain 80). Because of this, Huck made a decision of turning Jim in for running away and took a canoe to reach the nearest town to inform someone about Jim’s location. Before Huck rowed away, Jim yelled out to him, “you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now” (Twain 91). When Huck heard him, he becomes guilty because he was Miss Watson’s slave, yet he helped him run away.