Question: Is Lady Macbeth's swoon, on hearing of the murder of the grooms, real or feigned - and the grounds of your opinion? Answer: We can readily understand how, upon a first reading of the play, having nothing upon which to base an opinion save Lady Macbeth's preceding words and conduct, one might think this swoon feigned, and but another exhibition of that presence of mind and determination of will by means of which she had succeeded in screwing her own and her husband's courage to the "sticking-place," which had not abandoned her during the murder scene (at first reading one might easily overlook the single unmistakable touch of weakness shown in the words, "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done it,"), which had enabled her to take back the daggers and gild the faces of the grooms with blood, when the "infirm of purpose" refused to do it, which even that terrible task could not destroy, since, upon her return, hearing the knocking, she remembered at once that to be found fully dressed would show them to be watchers. But, having gone through the play and heard Lady Macbeth's troubled sigh "Naught's had, all's spent; Where our desire is got without content" (III. ii. 4-7); having observed her in the short scene with Macbeth after the banquet; and especially in the sleepwalking scene, we are satisfied that the swoon on this occasion is real.
All throughout Nora’s married life, she had made herself believe “a man can straighten out things so much better than a woman” (185), and always looked up to Torvald as a hero who is incredibly in love with her and “he wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to give his life for [her]” (194). Her illusions about her family are shattered in Act Three, through Torvald’s insensitive and egocentric reaction; “What a terrible awakening! For these last eight years you’ve been my joy and my pride- and now I find that you’re a liar, a hypocrite – even worse – a criminal! Oh, the unspeakable ugliness of it all! Ugh!” (220-221).
The story of Medea, written by Euripides, is a romantic tragedy that ends in an unexpected way. Throughout the play, it is easy to feel sorry for Medea who has devoted herself to Jason, only to have him leave her and her children for another woman and a better life. However, readers will begin to despise Medea as her final revenge on Jason is to kill her own children. Even though Medea knows it is wrong, this paper will argue whether Medea murders her children out of selfishness or out of love? Medea fell in love with Jason the moment she met him.
Maud makes Sue believe that she is a lovely, kind person to aid her deception. “’I wish you would tell me,’ she said, ‘what a wife must do, on her wedding night!’” This innocent like quote suggests that Maud is deceiving sue by again, acting clueless and pretending that being stuck at Briar like a prisoner has made her
I mean, I knew she was a manipulative bitch, I just thought she may have still had some feelings towards me. As I arrested the serpent for capital treason, I remembered the letter and called upon the helpful stranger who had opened my eyes to everybody’s treachery. Dear, Edgar was revealed to be loyal and dignified and I was very sorry that I had ever thought worse of him. I had no sympathy towards my sister’s and my wife’s death. They were evil and so were their motives.
Thomas 1 Graydon Thomas Mrs.Venturini ENG2D June 1st 2014 Unnecessary Suicide The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is a romantic and suspenseful story enjoyable to all. Romeo and Juliet fall in love, later to find that they are enemies. They continue to practice their love secretly, until things become complicated, making suicide a choice. Their deaths were their own fault. Although their miserable ending could’ve changed into a happily ever after.
Near the end of the play she admits to her crimes, further solidifying her guilt. Still, however guilty she may be, Lady Macbeth’s greatest skill lies in her aptitude for deception and cunning. During Macbeth, Lady Macbeth forces her husband to do her bidding and commit vile murders using a variety of methods and means. Chief amongst her tools are the arts of persuasion and deception, both of which she teaches to Macbeth. As she receives a letter from her husband, she says, “...I may pour my spirits into thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round”(I v 25-26), proving that she plans to convince Macbeth to remove all that impedes him from the crown, clearing the way for her to be queen.
Mrs. Slade knew Mrs. Ansley had liked her husband, Delphin Slade. She believed that pointing out the fact that she was the one he married and that she lost out on him would show her superiority over her. In an attempt to put Mrs. Ansley in her place, she tells her that the letter calling for a secret meeting at the Coliseum was in fact written by her. She says that it was a ploy to trick her into waiting for him, which caused her to get sick. After this first round of surprises Mrs. Slade assumes she is
Although she claims to have been truly in love with the elder brother, and that “the Game was over” only after she has been “trick’d once by that Cheat call’d, LOVE,” (P.51), we can still see Moll’s manipulative nature and her extreme greed, by receiving money from the older brother in exchange to fulfill his sexual favors. This suggests that her attitude towards love and marriage is very emotionless, which is an attitude that she carries forward through many of her future affairs; another example is the affair with her long-lost brother, where she deceives him by saying “I had declar’d my self to be very Poor, so that in a word, I had him fast both ways; and tho’ he might say afterwards he was cheated, yet he could never say that I had cheated him” (P.68). This again shows the dirty ways that Moll often uses to manipulate men and take advantage of them; the reader rarely gets a picture of her as a sympathetic and loving creature, and thus would feel less sympathetic towards her as well. Moll might be cruel and heartless in the way she manipulates people to benefit herself. However, it is always important to
He stops at a painting of his late wife, his ‘last Duchess’ and begins a speech of which he is recanting his thoughts of her. From this speech, his wife was popular, especially with men, and a passionate and pleasant lady (to the reader only). The Duke is telling of his intolerances of her actions, being that of flirtations with men, however innocent, and how she did not rate his ‘gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name’, but instead treated him as she did others. It is well hinted that her behaviour angered the Duke so he had his Duchess killed, ‘I gave commands;Then all the smiles stopped together.’ It would seem his speech is also for the purpose of letting the envoy know his expectations of his new wife, that being very different to the last. Because the poem is in the form of a dramatic monologue, the reader only shares the conversation of the Duke.