Firstly, Deception is a major theme within the play. Despite Richard’s physical deformity he was still charismatic and could effectively play with people’s emotions. Richard, after killing Anne’s husband seeks to gain her hand in marriage but was cursed by her saying "Never hung poison on a fouler toad. Out of my sight! Thou dost infect mine eyes.” In spite of her obvious dislike towards him, he successfully wins her over by falsely proclaiming his love for her saying “Your beauty was the cause of that effect; Your beauty: which did haunt me in my sleep.” The diction used in this scene highlights Richard’s deceiving skills.
He says, “It is a common thing to have a foolish wife." (line 304, act 3, scene 3). In addition, their ignorance makes them love their husbands blindly. This blind and ignorant love leads them to an early grave when their husbands murder them. Moreover, Desdemona and Emilia are loyal to their husbands.
Antigone is so determined to honour her brother, and equally certain that her path was the correct one that she believed that the punishment she would receive would ‘...not be any pain’ and would’ve been had she ‘...left [her] mother’s son lie there unburied.’ Antigone appeared to be unafraid of death, as she believed she lived in ‘...daily torment’ due to the inherited family “curse”. To Antigone, her death was unavoidable, and honourable thus she was able to bear the
Third, Antigone is a wonderful example of a martyr. Her legacy will live on, and inspire many other rebels to stand up for their beliefs. Antigone dared to defy the King’s threat of death to bury her brother, and shows true family pride. The people take pity on Antigone, and feel that she should be let alone. Haemon, Creon's son and Antigone's betrothed, states how the people of Thebes feel.
Ophelia is a beautiful woman who is at the mercy of the male figures in her life – mainly her father, Polonius and her brother Laertes. Laertes and Polonius love Ophelia tremendously and feel it is their obligation to shelter her from the cruelty of the world. When Polonius is told that Ophelia has entertained Hamlet without any parental consent, it is stifled very quickly by Polonius and Laertes – the double voices of patriarchy – telling her that she is too naive and that her behavior is unsuitable. In Act I, Scene III he begins his dialogue with Ophelia by warning her of the potential danger that love with Hamlet (Ophelia’s lover) could bring. He feels it his obligation to protect her form a potential broken heart: “The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclosed,” (I, III, 39-40) implying that Hamlet, as the canker, may ruin her before she ‘blossoms’.
Macbeth is a play about a soldier who comes under his wives influence to commit regicide so as to become king and his wife to join him as queen. Their relationship is presented as being strong. Macbeth treats his wife differently to how other men treated their wives back then. In society then, women listened to whatever their husbands said, but in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s case, Macbeth treated his wife with affection and told her everything. “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness”.
John Proctor – John is an honest, blunt-spoken, good man with a temper. His affair with Miss Williams, creates her jealousy of his wife, which causes the whole witch hysteria. Proctor realises he can stop Abigail but only if he confesses to his adultery. Confessing to this would ruin his good name, he is a proud man who puts great emphasis on his reputation. Eventually he makes an attempt, through Mary Warren’s testimony, to name Abigail as a fraud without revealing crucial information about the affair.
Macbeth is a play that gives insight on the evil and darkness of a person being. This play shows how a man changes his very conscience and goes against his very morals which in the end destroys everything he has, even the relationship of his beloved wife Lady Macbeth. The being of the story they have a very close and intimate relationship but as the play progresses their relationship vanishes till it is like it was never there. The very first sign we have of how lord and Lady Macbeth relationship is when Lord Macbeth sends her a letter in which he tells her everything that the witches have said about how he will be king and how they said he would be thane of Cawdor and he became it. He also says in his letter “Lady Macbeth “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant off what greatness is promised thee.”(1.5.9-12) He gives her created for everything that it about to happen to him and he wants to share with her the power and riches that come with all that will happen to him and her.
The genuine and passionate love she has for the Moor is so overwhelming that it leads her to disobey her father Brabantio in order to be with her "husband" which which she sees as her mother who "so much duty showed to [Brabantio] so [she] is due to the Moor." The same amount of passionate love is felt for her by her "Valiant" spouse, Othello. However, Othello's passionate love he has for his "white ewe" quickly turns in passionate hatred after having the seed of jealousy planted in him by "Honest Iago." Although Iago is the initiator of Othello's downfall, he is merely removing the "Valiant" facade the "Brave Othello" portrays which thus reveals his cannibalistic nature. The green-eyed "monster", which was hidden behind the facade of a man who is of a "free and honest nature," is revealed nearing the climax of the tragic play.
Iago had begged his wife Emilia on several occasions to steal the handkerchief from her lady Desdemona, yet Emilia never had. One day ,however, Desdemona is petting Othello with the handkerchief (because he supposedly feels ‘ill’) , she unintentionally drops it on the floor. Emilia jumps on this accident, and picks up the handkerchief to give to Iago, in order to prove herself and get on his ‘good side’(though for her plan does not work as Iago is immediately eager to continue his revenge). Rather than handing the handkerchief to Othello Iago instead devises