His uncontrollable anger causes him to take irrational steps, ultimately leading to his demise. Unfortunately, Laertes realizes his mistakes when it is too late to change them, which truly portrays his character as a symbolic tragic hero. When Laertes hears about the death of his father, he furiously leads an angry rebellion against the King, holding a threat to take over the kingdom. A messenger warns the King that: … young Laertes, in a riotous head, O’erbears your officers. The rabble call him “lord,” And, as the world were now but to begin, Antiquity forgot, custom not known, The ratifiers and props of every word, (They) cry “Choose we, Laertes shall be king!” (4.5.111-116) Without even stopping to consider other possible causes to the murder, Laertes assumes that the King is responsible for his father’s death.
Shakespeare Essay Shakespeare’s Macbeth is about a man who lets his desire destroy him and others around him. His desire to gain power made him kill innocent people and believe the prophecies of the three witches. Macbeth doesn’t let anyone get on his way to get what he wants. As a result of being greedy to become king and gain power he is left with nothing and is murdered. In the beginning of the scenes Macbeth goes from noble, to guilt-ridden.
But because of the feud, it made them sneak around hiding it from both their parents, in fear they would get caught and never see one another again an example of this is when the prince says “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate” after both Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. Another reason it was Lord Montague’s fault was because he was not emotionally connected to his son. Evidence that supports this is when Romeo was off wondering off by himself because he was upset, Lord Montague wanted to know why and asks “Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow” but instead of himself finding out for himself, he sends Benvolio to do it because he knows Romeo would not share with him because of the absence of connection between them. Also, if he knew his own son better, Lord Montague would have known that Romeo was hiding something and was sneaking around. But because they did not have a good relationship and communication between the two of them Lord Montague had no idea what was going through the head of Romeo until his unfortunate death.
He shows that he does not have moderation and self-control by the tyrannical ruling of his people as well as abusing an age old birthright that robs the bridegroom of his bride on their wedding night (Mason 15). He further shows his lack of self-control and disregard for others by deciding to kill Humbaba, who he describes as “the Evil One” declaring “we must prove ourselves more powerful than he” (Mason 27). This decision proves fatal for Enkidu and Gilgamesh not wanting to accept the death of his friend, tries to search out the one who the thinks can give him the answer to bring Enkidu back. So consumed in his grief, Gilgamesh cannot control himself and destroys the Sacred Stones that would gives him access to the very person he is searching for (Mason 67). Gilgamesh does eventually learn moderation and self restraint, “Gilgamesh said nothing more to force his sorrow on another” (Mason 92).
He believes that by acting sinfully and refusing to confess, he will be sent to Hell. Despite the risk of eternal damnation, Claudius acts immorally to gain power. Specifically, Claudius kills his own brother, King Hamlet, in order to become King himself. Even though he feels guilty for his sinful act, he does not take the opportunity to confess, for fear of losing the Crown. While in the chapel, he says, “My fault is past, But, O, what form of prayer/Can serve my turn?
In addition, Jason curses himself saying, “My curses on you” (61), accentuating he should have known better the woman he had by his side, since he lacks knowledge such as Medea will murdering those who he holds nearest and dearest; his two sons and his bride. Jason believes he should have noticed Medea’s capacity for evilness and heartlessness long before, since she abandons her own family and kills her own brother. This demonstrates how Medea does not care at all about her actions; she only cares to make Jason suffer the pain she receives due to his betrayal. Jason’s catharsis develops when he expresses his pain “I must bemoan my fate” (61). He wishes to be left alone now to mourn his tragic losses which leave the audience to feel pity for him.
Holden’s rejection of change is due for his fear of change, not be the same after growing up, accept something that he does not want to accept, be rejected by people, or even lose someone special to him. But everyone has to grow up and Holden does not grasp this concept. Not only his rejection of change affected his live, but he lied and wanted to be away from people. Instead of going to people to feel better, to ask for help, and to feel loved, Holden had lived among the consolation of his dead brother,
He understands that he was blind and made wrong decisions but at this point he is about to face his consequence of death. Before Macbeth is going to fight Macduff, he finally see’s this and should not fight because he will loose and pay the price for his blindness. He tells Macduff that he will not fight but Macduff thinks otherwise. “...That keep the word of promise to our ear, and break it to our hope. Ill not fight with thee.
And yet after all of his work, he is afraid of his creation. Because of this fear, he fails to assume his responsibility as the creator and abandons it. This is the first step of many which leads to the destruction of everything he cares about. He fails to prevent the death of his brother William, simply because he doesn’t wish to be thought a madman. His fiancé is murdered because he thinks the monster is
Additionally, Oedipus lacks the same unwillingness to accept reality. He was unknowingly born the prince of Thebes. At birth his parents gave him up for adoption in the fear that the prophecy of him killing his father and marrying his mother would come true. As he grows older, with his adoptive parents in Corinth, the oracle at Delphi tells him the same prophecy. He doesn’t want to believe it but he still runs away to the city of Thebes where along the way he kills a poor highway man.