In Shakespeare's Hamlet, although the character Hamlet makes similar points about himself in the soliloquies of Act II and Act IV, he seems to be less self-blaming and more in control of his emotions in the Act IV soliloquy. In the Act IV soliloquy, Hamlet is less self-blaming and more in control of his emotions. In Act II Hamlet blames himself for the delay in his revenge, "O, what a rouge and peasant slave am I!" (2:2:519). He also seems to be more self-abusive in his expressions, "Why, what an ass am I!"
Examination of Oedipus at Colonus According to Aristotle’s Poetics Oedipus at Colonus I felt did not fully meet the criteria for a successful tragedy, only certain parts. Oedipus at Colonus is the sequel to Oedipus the King that has a simpler plot compared to the more complex one of Oedipus the King. If Oedipus continued, to be helpless throughout the story the plot would have been very tedious but in the middle he shows the audience a glimpse of whom he used to be but I felt that Oedipus has too much self knowledge in Oedipus at Colonus to fully capture the audience. In chapter seven of Aristotle’s Poetics, Aristotle discusses the difference between Comedy, the difference between Epopee and Tragedy. Comedy is an imitation of bad characters, which refers to the everyday person showing only the ridicules side.
“The Allegory of the Cave” and “Qualities of the Prince” (Authored by Plato and Machiavelli, respectively) have different viewpoints in contrast to one another. Looking at the texts, it seems that Machiavelli would be critical of the views Plato expressed in The Allegory of the Cave for a number of reasons. Plato states that people are inherently good, although good can be “seen only with an effort” (35). Machiavelli, on the flipped side, states that “for a man who strives after goodness in all his acts is sure to come to ruin, since there are so many men who are not good” (7), suggesting that most people are by nature not good, and that pursuing the act of being good, will only lead to disaster. Therefore, he would likely think that Plato’s ideology is too optimistic, if not ignorant, and that one must have a realist viewpoint to survive this world.
Felix Cole English 10 H Monica Espinasse Barbed Words Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet evokes a world where a nation can be seen as a diseased body and language can be used as a lethal weapon. Madness, defined in the dictionary as, “engaging in actions that are senseless or foolish”, is an issue that multiple characters deal with throughout the play. Many would say that Hamlet’s actions are very irrational, but everything he says and does eventually helps him achieve his desires. Despite how things seem Hamlet is an intelligent character who ultimately is in his right mind. The death of one’s father and a ghostly visitation thereafter are events that would challenge the sanity of anyone.
Destiny or fate versus free will –this is one of the many philosophies that William Shakespeare examines in Julius Caesar. The drama promotes the idea that fate and free will can survive side by side. Shakespeare allows the theme of fate and free will to wind its way into the assassination of one of the most famous people from ancient history. Cassius despises Caesar, alleging that Caesar is weak, womanish, and ill. Believing that he is just as deserving as Caesar, Cassius purports that there should be a return to a different attitude toward life: one that is more noble, self-determined, and unrelenting.
Socrates’ convincing use of logos builds on the belief that life after death, no matter what awaits you in the afterlife, must be better than life on Earth. He mentions “If, therefore, death is a thing of this kind, I say it is a gain.” He is validating that whatever you may believe happens after death, whether it be a long, dreamless sleep, or a meeting with those who have died before them, it is more desirable than the life they live now. Muck like any optimist, Socrates instills hope in an event, in this case death, commonly perceived to be negative and avoided. In final consideration, intellectual and threatening, Socrates in On Being Condemned to Death, condescends the morals of the judges and explains a new understanding of death as a blessing. Socrates’,
A large difference between the two is that Hamlet is very self centered and often thinks only of himself. He is on a solo mission and is not very welcoming from outside help. Lloyd Irving is much more open to outside help. He knows that his quest will not be without opposition, and he accepts help from his many friends that he meets along the way. Also, Hamlet does not act on instinct, while Lloyd often acts without thought or remorse for his actions.
A tragic hero is a character who makes an error of judgment that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In addition, this character is happy at the beginning of the play. A tragic hero must be of noble birth and demonstrate a tragic flaw throughout the story. This character will realize their flaw once it is too late to overcome the conflict. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marcus Brutus exhibits qualities that make him the tragic character.
Aristotle's view is based on Plato's and Plato's is based on Socrates' teachings, this is why they are similar but they are all important and different with each philosopher's personal views and beliefs. Socrates was a great man who was assassinated for his beliefs on the purpose of life and how to live happily. He presented the excellence of function to determine how a person will truly be happiest. The true person is not what he is on the outside but what his psyche or soul is and when that is functioning well the person is happiest. Psyche is the human capacity for reflective thinking and also the consciousness of the soul.
Hamlet’s Sanity “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!” This quote by William Shakespeare in his play, Hamlet, and portrayed thus in Kenneth Branagh’s movie Hamlet, conveys the essence of the internal conflict in Hamlet. Although not spoken by Hamlet, this quote applies to him above other characters in the play as he, and arguably Ophelia, are the victims of this play. Although many scholars believe that Hamlet has lost his sanity, Hamlet is wholly and completely sane. Hamlet is not crazy because his actions, his intelligence, and his words ultimately prove his sanity.