He feels shamed for having broken his code of honor with Abigail, saying “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again.” This shows that he doesn’t want to go through what he did with Abigail ever again. At the end of Act IV, he rips up his confession because he doesn’t want his name being used to sway others. He says “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!
They both display the Machiavellian trait of whoever holds the power holds the right to control and both the sisters exert this fairly ruthlessly. In Act 4 Scene 4 Regan regrets her decision to spare the blind Gloucester’s life: “It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out, to let him live” suggesting her indifferent attitude to what Gloucester calls a “horrid act”. Goneril also suggests a demonic personality through her treatment of her husband Albany calling him “milk-livered” when he questions her wish to kill her own father. He retorts fittingly by saying “see thyself, devil”, implying Goneril has changed vastly from the woman he married and the only explanation could be possession by the devil to justify her evil. Similarly, Goneril is insulted by her father when he calls her “[a] marble-hearted fiend” and a “sea-monster” however although Goneril’s later actions of agreeing to her father’s murder is inexcusable, Lear’s accusations in Act 1 Scene 4 show Lear’s own struggle with female dominance cause him to be unfair to her.
Damis being the person he is does not think about things before saying or acting on them. Damis says rudely “Ill go and tell Tartuffe off, I’m out of patience”. He verbally slams Tartuffe’s character and his father, who is absolutely obsessed with the presence and behavior of Tartuffe, to actually see beyond Tartuffe for what he is. Damis after eavesdropping on the conversation amongst Elmire and Tartuffe, believes that he is capable of influencing and proving to his father that Tartuffe is a negative person to have around their family. However, even after Damis tries to convince Orgon that Tartuffe was trying to seduce Elmire, Orgon instantly takes the side of Tartuffe and dismissed his own son’s claims and accusations and shields a total stranger saying “Ah you deceitful boy, how dare you try/to slain his purity with so foul a lie?” Orgon as a father did not even give his son a chance to truly convince him of Tartuffe’s wrongdoings.
He is now angry with Tybalt and wants revenge. ‘Fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.’ Romeos change in mood is significant as it leads to the death of Tybalt and Romeo being banished . Shakespeare also uses dramatic irony to make Act 3 Scene 1 such an intense and significant scene. When Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt all the other characters are confused as to why. ‘Good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own.’ The audience know the reason why Romeo won’t fight Tybalt, which is because Romeo and Juliet are now married.
“I do bite my thumb, sir.” -(Act 1, scene 1, v42) This is what Sampson says to Abraham before they fight. This is the fight that causes the prince to say that the nest Montague or Capulet to start the fight will be punished by death. “Now by saint peters church, and peter too, He shall not make me a joyful bride.” -(act 3 scene 5, v117) Juliet tells her parents that she does not want to marry Paris. This is important because the argument they have following this is what makes the nurse not want Juliet to marry Romeo anymore. “Take this vial, bring then in bed, and this distilling liquor drink thou off” – (act 4, scene 1, v93) This is when friar Laurence gives Juliet a potion so she does not have to marry Paris.
Hamlets anger, which stems from his mother marrying Claudius, bears him serious thoughts of suicide. This results in an attempt at a religious and moral sin which shows a weakness in his character. Hamlet shows some moral sense when he decides not to kill himself due to religious beliefs, which is a paradox that leads to Hamlet’s downfall. His statement “thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain” (I.V.102-103) establishes his tragic decision to let nothing stand in the way of his vowed revenge assuring the death of Claudius, a longer life span and the immunity of punishment towards his mother. As act III begins, the reader sees Claudius’s plot against Hamlet progress.
However, Romeo is not solely at fault. Juliet is able to see that Romeos proposition is “…too rash, too unadvised, too sudden”, but fails to reject it in hopes of an eventual excepting response from her family. Friar Laurence is also staggered by Romeos request that he marry them, however, after consideration he explains, “For this alliance may so happy prove. To turn your households' rancor to pure love.” Without looking at the possible consequences the Friar’s impetuous choice to marry Romeo and Juliet, fundamentally precipitates the lovers to their deaths. Arguably, haste’s negative consequences only begin after Romeo and Juliet have been married.
Goneril and Regan pledge their love for their father, while Cordelia refuses to speak and when probed finally states that she cannot “heave her heart into her mouth,” (Act I p.7 96-97) that she loves him exactly as much as a daughter should love her father, and that her sisters wouldn’t have husbands if they loved their father as much as they claim. An enraged Lear disowns Cordelia and splits her share of the kingdom between the remaining two sisters. This is a prime example of the beginning of destruction across familial, personal and social aspects. Lear pits his daughters against one another in a selfish endeavour to boost his own pride, but in doing this he also destroys a very crucial aspect within the monarchy by removing the one daughter who has not saught out to destroy him and the foundation he had built for his kingdom. In disowning Cordelia this breaks the natural order of things because in doing so he has severed the natural bond that a father and daughter share, as well he has personally destructed himself with this decision because he has given up on his favoured daughter.
He realizes how foolish it was to let a beautiful young woman come to America and simply hope she remains faithful. Chillingworth shows no anger towards Hester because he blames some of it on himself. Despite this, Chillingworth chooses to channel his anger towards Hester’s lover whose identity is yet to be known. Immediately after speaking to Hester, he demands her to announce the identity of Hester’s lover. He claims he will search for him as “[he] [has] sought gold in alchemy” (70).
This shows that Iago is a rogue at the beginning of the play that simply wants to replace Cassio and not murder him. Iago further develops into his role as a terrifying villain in the quote, "And nothing can or shall content my soul/Till I am even'd with him[Othello], wife for wife;/Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor/At least into a jealousy so