In the Umuofia clan, to change your luck, you must work hard through all odds; Okonkwo’s sheer will to change his fate of being like his father takes Okonkwo’s emotion. His free will influences his destiny but ultimately; Okonkwo faces the terrible realization that his fate takes over his determination. Achebe believes that fate will always come around because of your free will of actions. Because of Okonkwo’s suicide and the Umuofia clan converting to Christianity, Achebe describes his characters to be naturally going with their destiny. Through Okonkwo, he tells us that our free will leads us to our fate, good or bad.
"Why, there was a crown offered him: and being offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand" (I,II). Caesar's act was served to satisfy the citizens of Rome but he knew his power and authority was limitless. Rome will always be persuaded by Caesar because Caesar has ultimate authority. Brutus is using logos to convince Rome that the death of Caesar was for their good. Brutus is using an example of anaphora to convince the people
Plato's society is one built around excellence and formed under an aristocratic class that thrives off of the necessity to be as first-rate as possible. Unlike most caste systems, his differs in that each class is so because of their individual excellence in their specified area of expertise: "There are three distinct classes, any meddling of one with another, or the change of one into another, is the greatest harm to the State, [and] on the other hand when the trader, the auxiliary, and the guardian each do their own business, that is morality and will make the city just" (433b). To keep his society of excellence
"To what extent have the connections you have made between your two texts studied in this module demonstrated how shared ideas impact differently on individuals in different contexts?" "The play Richard II dares to imagine what it is to have supreme power…. And then lose it", a quote from Derek Jacobi in Shakespeare Uncovered, as he revisits the role he played nearly 30 years ago, Richard II. Comparing this documentary to Shakespeare’s work “Richard II”, has allowed us to consider how the timeless quality in the character of 'Richard II" helps us to understand more about the themes of power and self identity in our contemporary society. The connections in the mentioned themes demonstrates how shared ideas impact differently on individuals in different contexts.
Every citizen could participate in politics, and so it became necessary for them to be able to compose speech, deliver it well, build cases, and defend own self against charges. As most sophists were non-Athenian, they couldn’t participate directly in the state affairs, and so their demand emerged as teachers instead. Plato, who we know to be one of the most influential figures in western philosophy, was their biggest source. He was, however, hostile in his view of them as he believed they were more concerned with winning an argument than seeking out the truth of the
We must learn to grasp what life gives us and turn things that are negative to positive. In Hamlet’s soliloquy, he attempts to reason out whether death is any easier to bear with than life. I have come to examine that Hamlet does not assign a value to his life. He thinks that death will be better than living life. In one point of the soliloquy, he describes life as a point in time when he has to "suffer-The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" and "take arms against a sea of troubles".
Why Study Shakespeare? 1. Why is Shakespeare so revered? At the time he was writing and alive, Shakespeare created a whole new branch if literature. His satire humour and appropriation of texts challenged values and question what was really right and wrong.
This can be seen more specifically in Edmund’s scheming to overthrow the legitimate son of Gloucester, Edgar. Edmund expresses this scheme in his statement “let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit. All with me’s meet that I can fashion fit.” (King Lear, Act 1 Scene 2, lines 191-192) Being the bastard son, Edmund does not inherit Gloucester’s land; it is tradition that the eldest legitimate son should receive the inheritance. Edmund, working against this tradition, strives to attain this inheritance to which he is not entitled. He feels determined to shape his own future and break tradition – no matter the consequences.
How does Shakespeare introduce the main themes of The Tempest in act 1? Shakespeare’s characterisation in the play plays a pivotal role in encapsulating the ever so controversial themes The Tempest effusively conveys. The era of the play is the Jacobean and all such Jacobean context creates the foundation on which the play is written and hence viewed due to the inextricable link between politics and theatre. Polysemy is another pivotal area in which Shakespeare fashions this play. Upon his characterisation of the protagonist, Prospero, Shakespeare leaves various parallels between Prospero and himself through Prospero’s creation of the enigma that is the tempest.
The plot reveals that Hamlet’s father has been murdered by Claudius, which in turn has caused Hamlet to resent him and therefore wanting to avenge his father, that is why this text is called a revenge tragedy. The main reason why this text is still studied today and will continue to be studied in the future is because this play outlines many themes and ideas that are still seen as important in today’s society. Honour is a major theme expressed in this play having revenge also tied along with it. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark and is heir to the throne which means he must have a sense of honour considering the weight of this position. Claudius on the other hand has decided to take his position on the throne by marrying Gertrude in the short time span since the king’s death which is seen as a dishonourable act by Hamlet.