Hamlet and Claudius contradict one another in a variety of ways making them enemies throughout the play. Prince Hamlet is perceived as the protagonist in the play for many reasons, one of them being because he displays an elegant intensity in everything he does, making him very amiable to the audience. When Hamlet is truly indecisive, brutal, revengeful, and hateful. When Hamlet speaks to others, his words are thought out to be hurtful to whomever he is speaking to. “You should not have believ'd me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it.
Dorian and Henry first meet in Basil's study, and from then on, Dorian is never the same innocent child he previously was. Lord Henry Wotton creates a conflict with the naïve and innocent Dorian Gray by influencing and mentally corrupting him. Under this influence, *Dorian becomes a hedonist, constantly pursuing pleasure and everlasting beauty. This one-way conflict, where Lord Henry almost completely controls Dorian's emotions, is the cause for Dorian's downfall and death. *Lord Henry, who enjoys manipulating people to calm his hedonist feelings, imposing him by his radical, yet catchy theories of life.
Ambition, moral weakness and selective perception, would be the major flaws of our character, Macbeth. These flaws eventually lead to his death in the long run. Macbeth began in a high position and throughout the play, there were losses caused by his own weaknesses in personality. There is pre-evidence of Macbeth’s inborn ambition in the beginning of the play in the fact that he has a future of position as the Thane of Glaims. However, further evidence of this trait comes in his reaction to the prophecies of the three witches, in which many others would have avoided because of their obvious affiliation with evil.
Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge. In order to accomplish these goals he manipulates his subjects in deceiving ways by utilizing their weaknesses against them. This differs from the Duke in “My last Duchess” by Robert Browning as the duke does not manipulate people in any way. Both Iago and the duke are driven by extreme jealousy to the villainous actions that they take. All three villains may differ in many ways, yet it seems they share a common urge for power, control and a use of sadistic measures.
Three major themes Shakespeare exposed are: greed for power can corrupt human behaviour; feelings of guilt can burden the human mind and cause mental breakdowns; receiving a position that is undeserved would cause the human mind to feel uncomfortable. Early on Macbeth was told by the three witches that he, the thane of Glamis, would also be named thane of Cawdor and then would be soon crowned King. When Macbeth was given the title, thane of Cawdor, he became very aware that the rest of the witches’ prophecy may be accurate as well. However, it wasn’t until after Macbeth was crowned King that the power corrupted him. It was Lady Macbeth who had planned King Duncan’s murder and the framing of the guards because Macbeth was too worried about the consequences.
One can look at Macbeth’s actions as the play unravels and see that he is clearly headed down a path towards disaster resulting from one source: his ambition. It is his desire to become king that overpowers his good nature and pushes him to break all moral boundaries. Prior to his encounter with the three witches, Macbeth was a trustworthy man; one loyal to his King, wife and friends. But with the news of his future, a secret desire for power emerges and controls him as the play continues. For instance, in act 1, scene 7, Macbeth’s ambition has become to great for him to handle: “To prick the sides
“As men reveal their weaknesses, they demonstrate their power.” Discuss. The male characters in a Midsummer Night’s Dream all seem to yearn for power but one may argue that any power is an artificial one that is only there because the character’s thrust it upon others, which often makes circumstances worse. This therefore, it may be argued, is their weakness: the fact true power does not come naturally to the characters. This is proven for mostly by Oberon and Puck, Shakespeare makes these two characters the “orchestrators” of the whole play, with the “juice” that they drop onto other’s eyes they make everyone fall in love. However, this does not always go to plan, largely through their ignorance at thinking “by the Athenian garments he hath on.” was an adequate description when the characters reside just outside Athens.
Christopher changes into a stronger person mentally throughout the book. He is first represented as a boy with Asperger Syndrome, who is very blunt and does not understand the rules of socialism. He reacts quickly to situations he doesn’t understand or like by folding himself up into a ball and groaning, he also hates skin-ship with others as it makes him feel uneasy. “If a strange man touched me I would hit him, and I can hit people very hard.” As the book progresses Christopher finds himself in unfamiliar situations that make him have to face his issues, such as talking to strangers on his way to London, and allowing to be touched by his mother (even though he did not like it too much.) His sentences are always blunt and factual, there are never long describing words as Christopher thinks that it is far more logical to just say what you want to say without putting fancy adjectives in there.
Iago’s jealousy is fuelled by Othello, who does not give him the position of lieutenant in favour of Cassio. Iago uses the metaphor of ‘price’ – or cost – in the quote “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place” to complain that he has been deprived of his true worth. However, the chaos and tragedy that follows has been made much more probable in ‘O’ by changing character’s relationships and position. This is conveyed through two new situations. Firstly, Hugo – acting as Iago – is the son of Duke, and to his distress hears his father say about Odin; ‘I love him like he’s my own son.’ The use of emotive language amplifies Hugo’s jealousy towards Odin and is further reinforced when Odin awards Casio the position of co-MVP.
Cheever uses a small amount of dialogue with in the story intending on the focus being on the characters actions rather than words. The blatant descriptions of Blake reveal the crudity of his character through his lack of concern for others, repeatedly cheating on his wife, and his tendency to feel superior to others. Often times the three simple words “how are you?” can be the hardest to say. Generally, the question is asked when people have not seen each other for a while and do not have much else to talk about; therefore, the question serves as a conversation filler. Though asking the question may be awkward for either person, it is a polite and courteous thing to do.