| * Very self- absorbed * Believes pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life * Helps other solely to make himself feel better * Indifferent to moral consequence * Nothing is entirely good or entirely evil * Recognizes he is disgusting * Accepts that he cannot force society to conform to his desires | Svidrigailov comes closest to living Raskolnikov’s “extraordinary man” philosophy. Svidrigailov is an important character in Crime and Punishment because his decisions and lifestyle portray the punishment and fate of men who adhere to the “extraordinary man” theory. There comes a point in the novel when both Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov feel a sense of hopelessness and listlessness for their beliefs and actions. Raskonikov, however, is redeemed by his love for Sonya and the love his friends and family. He experiences humility.
Also, it eventually become obvious that Crooks is seeing that he has the opportunity to be cruel to Lennie, as he realises Lennie is simple and not like the white men because “A guy can talk to you an’ he be sure you won’t go blabbin’”. This is because Crooks has always been treated poorly by the other men, and so he steels the opportunity
Carlisle article explained that the dark side envelops their personality by the fantasy they were living in subconsciously. Now that the dark side consumed them they start satisfying their urges in reality. His theory is effective because it relates to how the serial killer thinks while they are under their other persona. The psychological theory that Carlisle describes in his article does not contribute to the role of situations and socioeconomic factors in crime. Psychological theory doesn’t explain the social reasons why the serial killer becomes who he is, such as poverty and the people around him creating the behavior of killing tendencies.
Through the discussion of these points, we can come to an educated conclusion as to wether or not Holden is in fact the archetypal 20th century anti-hero. The 20th century anti-hero commonly had the characteristics of a villain, but the desires of a hero. By examining the personality of Holden, we can resolve that he suits the requirements that this statement is expressing. Holden does have many negative characteristics, such as his judgemental and critical personality. He is constantly talking about the people he sees within his own head, such as when he visits a bar.
He abhored society but couldn’t help, but be a part of it. Do I believe that society is corrupt? Yes, I do . I do not believe in going on such lengths to separate myself from it, I believe in bettering it. With the people at Emory he was distant and rude.
My thought on this is that the lawyer is feeling sorry for Bartleby. The lawyer believes that the refusal means that something has disarmed him. It is more of a confusing for the lawyer because he knows what the potentials of the character, the lawyer even starts to blame himself for Bartleby’s refusing to do anything. Bartleby never leaves the office so the lawyer begins to watch him carefully. Why is the lawyer so concerned about the change in his behavior?
I felt Kane’s argument was a bit ineffective since he kept focusing more on Jim Getty (his competition) thus making him look like a bad person. It seemed as if Boss Jim Getty had committed some crime, however Kane did not explain what he had done wrong. I do feel that he made those who were classified in the lower-class happy that someone wanted to do something to help them. However, Kane forgot to mention what his promise to help this class of people would entitle. I believe that without mentioning what you would like to do in order to help people out you leave the audience doubting if your promise will live up to it.
After the creature is complete, he continues to keep his work secret because he is ashamed. As his secrets continue, so does the destruction of all of their lives. These murders could be blamed on the creature, but he is not solely responsible for them. The root cause of the murders is Victor’s secrecy. His concealment causes his obsession, a lack of preventative measures against the creature, and his fear of appearing to be mad.
This results in Dimmesdale having to hide his guilt when he is out in public, which in return slowly destroys his soul because he usually is not put into a position where he must lie. If Dimmesdale is to confess his sin he will no longer have to hide it, just like Hester which will result in the mending of his body and soul. Secondly, since Dimmesdale is seen as such a pure and holy man it is extremely difficult for him to confess. When Dimmesdale has to hide his guilt he turns into a, “poor, miserable man! What right had infirmity like his to burden it with crime?
Macbeth felt with Banquo being dead he could carry on living a normal life without having to think that someone knew of his actions and hat he could be killed for being a traitor. Macbeth might be also showing relief that the blood upon the murderers face is evidence that the dead is done. He shows he is uncomfortable with the situation when he uses “despatch’d” this is an euphemism so the other people at the table are unaware of what they’re talking