There is also Dr Lanyon, who is seen to be completely opposed to the science of Jekyll but loses his Victorian values to his curiosity when Jekyll reveals his secret. The contrast of “Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case” to the narrative of Mr Utterson in the other chapters of this book shows duality because Mr Utterson uses the other characters as a point of view whereas Jekyll’s statement of the case looks from only his perspective. Stevenson uses the lasting moral message that good and evil are conflicting inside people - the way that savagery and civilisation contrast and our effects on religion and science. Robert Louis Stevenson uses the character of Sir Danvers Carew to portray that civilisation and religion are important for good people whereas Mr Hyde shows evil through his curiosity of life and his height to represent youth, showing that Jekyll’s youthful sins; which were not explained in detail are replicated as Hyde. This is a comment on Victorian values that Stevenson is making.
Essay 7: ‘Keller was bad for me, the worst possible teacher: revealing perfection to me, and at the same time snatching it away.’ Is Paul’s assessment of Keller correct? Essay 8: ‘Paul’s rite of passage from childhood through adolescence to maturity is dominated by the influence of Eduard Keller.’ Discuss. Essay 9: ‘Keller advises Paul: “Don’t trust the beautiful”.’ In what ways does Maestro show that appearances cannot always be relied upon? Essay 10: ‘What Keller could not teach Paul might have been what Paul most needed to learn.’ Discuss. Practice topics 2 3 12 14 19 24 29 33 38 43 48 53 57 62 © Insight Publications 2010 Sample essays on texts Character map John & Nancy Crabbe Paul’s parents; good amateur musicians; support Paul’s music studies and ambitions.
East of Eden is all about the struggle of this concept. In the novel Cathy is one of the characters that is first born evil and cannot overcome it because of her disinterest to overcome it. Her son Cal however is the one that struggles eternally. Many of the characters' struggles are obvious as they grow and learn of the often harsh and unjust world in which they were placed. Charles is torn between good and evil as a child faced with a father that only loves him after Adam.
Evaluating a critic Title: “Wingless Chickens”: “Good Country People” and the Seduction of Nihilism [Rejection of values and beliefs] By: Henry T. Edmondson III The author of this article sees O’Connor’s story, good country people, as an example of O’Connor’s fear of the treats of nihilism in society as well as a story of moral examples, Edmonson states, “Good Country People also teaches that a belief in nihilism is something less than a clear, rational choice; it is more likely an example of seduction.”(pg 72) According to his article he portrays joy-hulga (the main character) as someone who wants to be a nihilist and is playing with fire. “It is as if Hulga’s persistent flirtation with nihilism, by word and behavior has conjured up the spirit of nihilism itself and it has come to claim its own.” (Edmonson, pg 64). “Compared with Manley pointer, hulga is a dilettante in nihilism, an amateur in ‘nothingness.’”(pg 66. Edmondson). He sees manley pointer as being the actual nihilist and joy-hulga as an person still trying to develop a personality.
Brittany Mateluna Lord of the Flies Literary Essay Symbolism The all-embracing theme of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is the breakdown of civilization and the human impulse toward savagery. Golding portrayed savagery through various types of situations, characters and symbols. Golding illustrates an image in the readers mind as he imitates how savagery can take over if there is no civilization intact. Golding chose the characters to be children to show innocence. In the novel, innocence is used to show that anything can happen to the ones that we presume to be guiltless.
He quotes H.L. Mencken (April 1924) who says that schooling aims to “reduce students to a standard safe level.” He criticizes the Prussian system which America adopted from Germany as the worst since it is designed to produce mediocre intellects, to hamstring the inner life, to deny students appreciable leadership skills, and ensure docile and incomplete citizens -all in order to render the populace “manageable. He challenges people to identify the ills of modern schooling and chose to do the opposite- teach kids to think critically and independently, help our kids to develop inner dialogue in order to overcome boredom and urge them to take up serious material like history, literature, philosophy, music, art, theology and economics. His solution is simple and glorious; “let [children] manage themselves”
It is the unconscious part of our minds and/or ego. Jung believed that whenever we criticized someone, cast them out for their indifference, or simply envied others, these traits of human nature are placed into our shadow side. Carl Jung believed that eventually these traits would manifest in the shadow side, and one day will be used and only then will you find tolerance for that trait which you criticized. “Every one carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it becomes. At all accounts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well meant intentions (“Eigen”).
In comparison of The Lottery and The Most Dangerous Game both Connell and Jackson convey to the readers that man is inherently evil and that choices made based on societal standards, traditions, and learned behavior may not be the morally correct choice. This confirms the passage of Scripture from Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (KJV) The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson share a common theme which is showing the darker side of humans, that humans possess evil tendencies and that the morals of people can be corrupted. Connell and Jackson show us that injustice and cruelty in society can be accepted as a normal behavior. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has an unknown
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.
Patten learned at school that ‘one and one made two’. This metaphor is referring to love and how one person and another come together to make two. But at home it was a completely different story; Patten had parents who fought and didn’t take much interest in him, Patten’s home life ‘stung more than any teachers cane’ which shows the extent of how painful love came across to him. In his home life he learned that ‘one and one stayed one and one’. His parents actions when he was young left him with the idea that love and relationships are horrible and all it does is hurt us, he felt as if it’s not worth going through the pain and stress.