The distinction between flaws and perfection in literature is at constant debate regarding which is more memorable; flawed characters or moral lessons? Flawed characters often more interesting than perfect characters as readers and audiences can relate more to them as the imperfections of the characters often mirror their own, or those of someone they know. Characters can be unlikeable and still be interesting, and it is their flaws, which often are born out of some defect, that make them interesting. The main flawed character in Chaucer’s Wife of Bath is that of the wife herself, Alisoun, whilst in her tale the Knight is the flawed character; both have moral lessons that can be taken from their actions. Meanwhile in Webster’s The White Devil, there are plenty of flawed characters, as is often a typical convention of a revenge tragedy.
Everything seems to be contemporary, where gender issues would not be a problem, but when the viewer should peel back the layers of the show, it would not take long to see that Heroes relies on traditional stereotypes in terms of the gender lines of protection. Although it’s my opinion, and I am not the quintessential chauvinist in any way, I think that there are two sides to this matter. Those women who like the idea of being protected and those who want to stand up alone for themselves. Meaning, while the female and male characters may possess equal powers, but the
However, not everyone agrees with the heavy stereotypes laid down by the social order such as male dominance and proper courting. Marie de France is one of these people. She depicts her views of gender expectations through literature. Within the poem Guigemar, Guigemar and his lady fulfill and contradict what would be considered as gender norms within society: female inferiority, traditional courtship, and male dominance. Marie de France does this to criticize and combat the societal expectations and inherent inequalities in Norman England.
This comes down to the idea that some people act heroically due to a heroic imagination within the individual. This would lead us to belive that there are differences between individuals and their personalities, suggesting that independant behavoiur is largely dicated by ones
However, Anne Elliot is not a passive heroine, and her fortune and misfortune are not brought about by fate. The decisions that she makes are strongly influenced by the suggestions of friends and family. She must overcome her excessive prudence and yield to the power of romance, so that she can allow
Many will argue that pride can cause a person to become blind, not literally but in a sense that they do not see things the way the should, or as most would view a situation. Its almost as if pride has the ability to alter a persons view of reality, causing them to believe that they are better than others, entitled to more, and some may even believe they have the power to punish with impunity. A perfect example of this is illustrated in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" . Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of ones own dignity, importance, merit or superity ; the state or feeling of being proud.The Cask of Amontillado is about two men Montressor and Fortunado. Fortunado has been insulted by Montressor and now he is out for revenge.
Internalize is how other people judge the individual. If someone is told that they’re a horrible person that is a waste of space then their self-concept will hold that. Self-esteem is how individuals feel vulnerable, or how much we honor ourselves. Someone with high self-esteem will feel wanted and valued. Rogers though that everyone holds a different concept of self, called the ‘ideal self’ this is how we would like to see ourselves, what we admire to be.
Thus the distinction between the vanity of Mr. Collins and that of Sir William Lucas or the vanity of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and that of Mrs. Bennet becomes differentiated because of the presence or absence of other qualities. In order to achieve a sharper focus on pride, certain characters are made to represent a quality opposite to it, so that they can be used for comparison and contrast. So while Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet represent different variants of pride, Bingley and Jane stand for modesty and candour, and the presence of the latter pair help us in understanding the full meaning of pride in case of the former, between whom the misunderstandings and prejudices delay the development of a relationship. The achievement of happiness in love, therefore, becomes contingent upon the development of a proper understanding of weakness originating in
So even though hope can bring encouragement, it can also cause distress. As Samuel Johnson once said, “Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain” (“Hope Quotes”
Her personality deteroritates from her looks and it is easy to judge her on her actions without knowledge of her motives. However, later in the narrative, Angela’s seemingly well-hidden flaws start to seep through. It becomes apparent that her identity is linked to her appearance when she tries to force others to believe that she is hot and popular, when in reality, she is sad and miserable inside. Like Carolyn, she values physical appearance over inner beauty. Although my values conflict with Angela’s values, I still sympathy with her as I know how much pressure