He continually defends the people against the accusations of fickleness and unpredictability; stating that the custodianship of public freedom is safer in the hands of the plebeians than that of the upper class. Machiavelli states that the people are “wiser and more constant than a prince” . Therefore it is intriguing to read the contrast presented in ‘The Prince’ where we hear little of such convictions. In this work Machiavelli states that the common people are preoccupied with only one thing- their own self-interest. He says that men are “ungrateful, fickle, deceptive and deceiving, avoiders of danger, and eager to gain.
This is mainly presented through the character of Giovanni who symbolises the common people and is used by Fo to relate to the audience and make them reflect upon themselves. Throughout my study of the play it has become obvious that Giovanni is presented as a naive character, he has strong morals and refuses to break them. But these morals are useless when he himself is being stolen from. He refuses to steal but the government steals from him and when he finally realises that the government is corrupt he has already been screwed over. Fo presents the idea that being honest with a dishonest government gets you nowhere but broke.
This ironic hindsight into the war also gives the audience a sense of the inspector's wisdom. He is portrayed as the conscience because all throught the play the Inspector is seen as guiding the Birling's away from sin, trying to teach them selflessness and responsibilty for others, in this sense the style of the play is one of morality.We see an opinion of responsibility through the inspector's attitude torwards the sinful actions of the Birling family. He attempts to make Sheila accept her share of the blame 'you're partly to blame'. The Inspector's speech on page 56 of the play clarifies for the audience and
But it takes the ability to be yourself and not conform or follow others. Emerson alludes to many great historical figures such as “Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton.” This says you could be misunderstood today but your ideals and thoughts are great. Don’t hide yourself. Like Diplo, “express yourself.” Emerson feels the plagiarism of another’s own character and qualities to be an outrage and how each and every person should have their own unique identities that are meaningful to them saying, “Envy is ignorance…”and “…imitation is suicide.” Emerson also uses a powerful metaphor, stating, “…no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him
This characterises Iago as a dishonest & deceptive character, contrary to what seems to be popular belief; it allows the audience to question their previous impressions of Iago, who initially appeared to be an honest and loyal character. The other characters are continually led to believe this, solely due to the reputation he has gained for himself merely for the success of his plan. The way Iago represents himself – as an honest and loyal man – is what leads to the eventual success of his plan to manipulate Othello into believing Desdemona cuckolded him. Othello begins to trust Iago; he entrusts him to take the responsibility of escorting his wife, Desdemona, to Cyprus: “My Desdemona must I leave to thee” (I iii 291) and he places trust on
Othello encountered his obstacles when he could make trustworthy decisions. B. The character traits of Oedipus and Othello allowed their agents of distraction to work successfully. i. Oedipus was selfless and god-fearing ii. Othello was selfish, revengeful, gullible, and jealous C. Oedipus and Othello depended on different forces for success and action leading to a difference in the force behind their downfalls i. Oedipus trusted in the ways of the people and sought after the gods ii.
Individuals and organizations show selflessness through the ways they interact and help society. Mother Theresa and The Red Cross are evidence of this. Although many would agree with Locke’s theory that man is good, others view the world with a more tainted perspective. Thomas Hobbes and Sigmund Freud are two psychologists who theorized that man is inherently evil. Freud’s theory states that man is made of three parts: the Id, Ego and Superego.
Although Truman has his suspicions because of what he has heard and seen, Marlon, with the help of the Directors and his life long friendship is able to lie and manipulate Truman convincing him to believe nothing is wrong. Weir shows us Cristof communicating to Marlon during his conversation with Truman; this is to indicate to the audience the level of manipulation by the media. Although the manipulation that occurs within the Truman show is beyond that of which occurs in real life, by exaggerating the control that television has over Truman, by doing this Weir is able to highlight the influence and manipulation in his life. By exaggerating to the point of implausibility, the amount of manipulation that the media has in terms of what is shown to the general public. The attempts by Cristof, who represents the media, manipulates
We could also infer from this that Lord Illingworth is trying to shape or teach his son to become a version of himself, he behaves very vicariously. Throughout the play Wilde uses Lord Illingworth as a tool to provoke carious reactions from the audience. The first of these can be said to be admiration of his unsurpassable wit and popularity. However these tones of appreciation soon begin to sour and turn to notions of repulse. I feel Wilde did this to express how easily people can lose their highly regarded reputation; this is the social message throughout the play as Lord Illingworth becomes ‘a man of no importance’.
He uses others as tools for his own purposes, calculating the qualities in them which he finds would be of best use to him. Throughout the play, he repeatedly boats of how he values reason over emotion; due to his sense of his own superiority it leads him to separate himself morally from others. The character is deceitful, and he is an outsider because he deliberately positions himself that way. He prefers to use others to get to the position he wants instead of having to serve underneath Othello, and not receive credit for it. He shows no reluctance in involving Cassio with Othello’s wife Desdemona, in an elaborate plan to destroy Cassio as well as Othello and his relationship with Desdemona, it is also a plot to “get his place” (I, 3, 365).