When Lear finds out it was Regan and Cornwall who did this to Kent, Lear immediately refuses to believe they would imprison and disgrace someone in their King's employ: "They durst not do't: They could not, would not do't---tis worse than murder" (II.iv. 212-214). The fact that Lear convinces himself that his daughter and Cornwall would not mistreat his servant, Ken, shows his denial and aptitude for self-deception. By being in denial, Lear can avoid the harsh reality that his daughters, Goneril and Regan, as well as Regan's husband, Cornwall,
The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about a figuratively blind man who receives the gift of sight from a literally blind man. In both stories, the false preconceptions of the world towards disabled people are exposed and the true capabilities of these and many other disabled people are displayed. It is both cruel and unfair to the disabled in the world to be viewed as impotent by the able-bodied and to have to live with the expectations that the able-bodied have forced upon them. Many that are not disabled have false preconceptions about what a disabled person should look like and what they are capable of. Mark O’Brien, a disabled man and also an acclaimed poet and journalist, said "The two mythologies about disabled people break down to one: we can't do anything, or two: we can do everything.
Ironically, Mercutio dies of a wound “occasioned partly by Romeo’s love, while Romeo, no less a man, will die not of a wound but of the poison he voluntarily takes for love” (Kahn 64). The men in the play are viewed to be under pressure. The fathers cannot perform as fathers and the sons cannot perform as sons. “The fathers cannot enforce the law so long as they themselves are living in a self-imposed condition of ‘mutiny’ or ‘rebellion’” (Appelbaum
However, the most incredible of all these passages is found in Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 164-177, where Macbeth contemplates his inner thoughts to himself. Here, Macbeth speaks to time, providing the audience with a more in depth image of its importance. Also, Macbeth’s diction is short and fierce, further pushing the play’s theme of insanity slowly taking over Macbeth’s mind. Lastly, the passage faultlessly illustrates Macbeth’s fatal flaw of ambition slowly ruining his inner being. With these things taken into account, it will be effortless for one to show just how lovely this passage is
He realized Cordelia’s wasn’t a flatterer and her love was so genuinely strong words could not express it. Oedipus had both a physical and mental blindness. When he addressed the people assuring them he would find Laius’ killer not knowing he was the killer all along until Teiresias [blind prophet] says it. Details about his birth are revealed during an argument with an older prophet. At the end of the play he gauged out his eyes to show that he was and forever will be blind to the world.
At Procter’s initial manifestation he is socially irresponsible. He seeks to stay out of court affairs by denying Giles Corey's accusation that he doesn’t believe in witches. Instead of defending himself, he keeps his head down. Procter leaves Parris' house as soon as the investigation begins. He shows his higher regard for his good name rather than public good.
However, when it seemed unlikely that Catherine would be able to produce a male heir for Henry, he wanted a divorce. He knew that only the Pope would be able to get him a divorce from Catherine, and, when he sent Thomas Wolsey, his minister, to ask the Pope, the Pope found himself in a tricky position. He did not want to upset Henry but he did not want to anger Catherine’s nephew, Charles V, who was against the divorce. So, he sat back and did nothing. Does Mary I deserve the
Larkin`s pessimistic view of the world is so deep, that it is almost impossible to find a single positive line in his dreary poems. Pessimistic poems usually have a ray of hope in the end. This is clearly not the case when it comes to Philip Larkin. In his poem, “This be the Verse”, he starts with one of the most depressing lines I have ever read: “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. “ He generalizes his own view of bad parenting and wants to convince you that this happens with every child.
For example, Reynard Alexander, the newspaper editor, clearly stated: “This paper is neutral. This editor is neutral. I have attempted to remain neutral in the face of the klan question and I intend to continue neutral until I have reason to do otherwise” (26). This example of naivete is dangerous because Mr. Alexander didn’t voice his opinions on the KKK until further in the novel which caused the klan to take over a small town in Vermont. Another example of a danger of naivete and an uninformed population is not following orders given to you and allowing yourself to become a target and in danger of being murdered.
His reasoning being he would rather die a martyr than live as a coward just as Achilles knowingly faced his death in Troy to preserve his beliefs and died a hero. Socrates does not regret his actions for it was a double-edged sword. Socrates feared, not death, but abandoning his post as philosopher and ending up in the same place; however, the charges being just in that he would not believe in the gods, he would have disobeyed the oracle, and think he was wise when he was not. If Socrates was going to be in court and die, he’d rather it be for being true to his soul and obeying the higher power. “No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew it is the greatest of evils (Cahn 35).” The unexamined life is not worth living is first explained when Socrates speaks about the trial.