In this particular scene, Macbeth attempts to persuade the two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. He goes into lengthy speech of condemning Banquo and using effective tactics of persuasion to convince the murderers. At first, Macbeth uses logical appeal to sway the murderers into wanting revenge on Banquo for making their lives a living hell. Macbeth exclaims, “That it was he, in the times past, which held you so under fortunes…” (3.1.84-85). He also tells the murderers that Banquo is blameworthy for their tragic, unhappy lives.
The heinous acts Oedipus committed are a consequence of a punishment by the Greek gods that brings devastating injury to those close to him and to the entire city of Thebes, along with the suffering he inflicts as a result of his futile quest for the murderer of Laius. In Sophocles’ tragic vision, the suffering the protagonist experiences throughout the play stems from a fatal flaw, which eventually brings about his inevitable downfall and the catastrophic conclusion. This tragic vision is
Iago is often classified as the embodiment of pure evil to the farthest extent capable of being reached by human. Both Claudius and Iago plot against, torture, and cause the downfall of other characters in their respective stories to create and upkeep a boastful reputation. Both characters know that what they are doing is considerably wrong, but only Claudius feels any remorse for his crimes. They both recognize in soliloquy what they are doing and even discuss with themselves further planning. Iago manipulates all the crucial components of his plot with ease, while Claudius on the other hand is discontent and unhappy with the events taking place.
For instance in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the feud between the Montagues and Capulets caused pain and suffering towards the innocent characters such as Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt. This never ending cycle of vengeance in the play shows that if society relied solely on revenge, everyone would suffer. Revenge even has the powers to destroy love, one of the stronger forces in humanity, as it lead
His need for revenge was so great that he would do and did the unthinkable; Arthur Dimmesdale was trapped inside a prison of guilt, and Roger Chillingworth mentally tortured him. Chillingworth was not interested in justice because he sought the deliberate destruction of others rather than addressing the wrong doings of their actions. His desire to hurt others stands in contrast to Hester and Dimmesdale's sin, which had love, not hate, as its intent. Another way and the most common way that The Scarlet Letter is interpreted can be through sin, because sin plays one of the biggest roles in the novel. It was due to the sin of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale that Pearl was consummated, but it was a sin that came out of love for each other.
Tom Buchanan V.S Jay Gatsby: Who is more corrupt? In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, we are introduced to two characters pitted against each other in an intense rivalry full of wealth, social status, hatred and love. Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan are two characters that portray subtle differences in their personalities, but share many characteristics that contribute to both of their corrupt nature. Both of these characters, through dishonesty, moral values, and jealousy, are shown to be corrupt. However through further analysis, Tom’s motives, means and the ultimate consequences of his actions allow him to take a more corrupt role than Jay Gatsby in this novel.
Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge. In order to accomplish these goals he manipulates his subjects in deceiving ways by utilizing their weaknesses against them. This differs from the Duke in “My last Duchess” by Robert Browning as the duke does not manipulate people in any way. Both Iago and the duke are driven by extreme jealousy to the villainous actions that they take. All three villains may differ in many ways, yet it seems they share a common urge for power, control and a use of sadistic measures.
However, it is difficult to believe that Cathy chose to be evil to the extreme that Steinbeck depicts. He described every moment of her life as being devoted to bringing other people down, and pulling herself up. She achieved this through devious schemes that trapped many important men in compromising positions, and also by clever plots that allowed her to take over one of the most successful whore houses in Salinas. Cathy was a secretive person who went to great measures to cover her past and her feelings. In turn, chosen isolation combined with the lack of love is a clear identification of the source of her evil, which is
In today’s society, we sometimes face deceptive characters that cause major problems due to their deceptive traits. This idea is especially true in the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. With the theme of deception that is shown throughout the course of W. Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the main antagonist character, Iago, has clearly demonstrated it through his malicious and demonic actions to fulfill his need for jealousy and greed. In this essay, this will be shown through a detailed analysis of three various actions specifically caused by Iago’s deception: Othello’s dismissal of Cassio, the slapping of Desdemona by Othello in front of Lodovico, and lastly, the tragic ending, the killing of Desdemona by Othello during her sleep. In the first few scenes of the play, the readers experience first-hand some of Iago’s capabilities, in particular, his deceptive traits.
While it may seem, that the tragedy of Othello was caused by the evil villain Iago, I believe that he was not the only one to blame. Although Iago played a big role in destroying his enemy, it was Othello’s character flaws that led himself to his own downfall. It is because of Othello’s gullibility, lack of trust in others, insecurity, and jealousy that he becomes a victim of his own tragedy. Othello is a very gullible person, and it is because of his gullibility that he is easily tricked into this situation by Iago. There many points in the play that show just how gullible Othello is***He trusted Iago; even after realizing Iago had a “monstrous” plan in mind Othello still trusted him, in 3.3.106-107 Othello says “by heaven, thou echoest me, As if there were some monster in thy thought.” Othello suspects Iago of having an agenda, in 3.3.118-119 when he asks Iago why he is weighing his words so carefully before he speaks, “And for I know thou’rt full of love and honesty and weig’st thy words before giv’st them breath.” In this quote we can see that Othello is on to Iago, he realizes how careful Iago is and even gets the feeling that maybe he is hiding something from him but what does he do?