Towards the ending the town finds out about her malicious side and destroys her roses, her number one prized possession, for revenge. The larger idea portrayed in the short story is how the way we see things are different from how things really are, in reality. In the story, Miss Strangeworth appears to be a polite and caring person. As the story progresses, it is revealed that in reality, Miss Strangeworth is an evil old lady who bullies her town and spreads rumors with anonymous letters. Appearance is the way something or someone is shown.
She is completely unable to control her feelings for her only love, “I must love a loathed enemy” [I, v, 139]. The way that Shakespeare uses “must” is very interesting because although the households are enemies she must go against her parents will because she loves Romeo. No longer did her parents support her instead she was rejected. When Juliet rebels against marring Paris, “He shall not make me a joyful bride” [III,v,117]. Lord Capulet becomes enraged of this defiant behaviour, “An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend / an you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets, / For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee” [III, v, 192-4].
In chapter 18, she decides to remove the letter and her daughter, Pearl, becomes very upset. She wouldn’t come near her mother until she put it back on. Hester is not ashamed to wear the scarlet letter because she knows that her daughter, Pearl is a blessing, as well as a reminder of her sin. Her past sin is a part of who she is. To pretend it never happened would be denying apart of herself.
She even goes so far to ask Hermia to “teach [her] how [Hermia] look[s], and with what art [she] sway[s] the motion of Demetrius’ heart” (10). Helena is seems to have no self-esteem, which could be seen as a reason that Demitrius is not interested in her. She follows him around like a puppy, and even compares herself to one. The only thing on her mind is to get Demitrius to love her. She goes about this, by telling him of Hermia and Lysander’s plot to elope at night.
For example, both are centered on a beautiful young woman who falls victim to a misguided scientist/idealist who loves her. Beatrice’s poison in “Rappaccini’s Daughter” parallels Georgiana’s birthmark in that both depend on these inherent flaws to live; yet they provide the source of their unhappiness and alienation. The reoccurring theme of isolation is further explored in “Young Goodman Brown,” however; it is utilized in a different way, as Goodman Brown chooses to isolate himself after having a revelatory moment in the forest. These two stories, on the contrary, delve into the imposition of alienation on these innocent women. Their flaws become the object of obsession in the eyes of both Aylmer and Rappaccini, the men who impose this mental and physical alienation on them.
Ophelia was once flawless, but since her encounter with Hamlet she has fallen into the same madness and wants to kill herself. Ophelia opens up her feelings towards Hamlet, even though her father and brother both warn her not to. Hamlet’s madness causes him to push Ophelia to the point of a mental break down. He drags her into the same hell he is
(Macbeth I, v, 26) Lady Macbeth made Macbeth feel bad about himself, by lowering his manhood and bravery. Lady Macbeth deceives everyone so well that people were scared to tell her about Duncan’s death, not thinking she can handle it. “Look like an innocent flower /but be the serpent under it” (Macbeth I, IV, 65-66) this means to look innocent and pure but to be evil on the inside. At first Lady Macbeth is able to keep her cool and not think anything of the deed. Macbeth on the other hand cannot sleep and starts to see things.
William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” explores true love in amongst feuding families whilst exploiting the notion that deception leads to catastrophic misfortune. The young poetically portrayed Romeo’s inability to control unchecked emotions, directs him to being disloyal amongst family and his “star crossed [lover]” Juliet. Furthermore, Juliet’s love for “(her) Romeo” causes her to turn a blind eye to his disloyalty and hastily act on his “banished”, through these actions she uses trickery to deceive her family and because of her love affected decisions. Friar Lawrence along with the nurse, cause confusion for the hasty lovers which renders to heightening the family’s feud. Shakespeare presents the concept that deceptive decisions lead to tragic events.
Iago’s murder of Emilia could also come from the general hatred of women that he displays. Emilia can be seen as a cover up to Iago’s true sexuality. When Iago tells Othello, “I am yours favour” it sets up the idea of Iago having homosexual feelings for Othello, these words sounding like a wedding vow. He certainly seems to take great pleasure in preventing Othello from enjoying marital happiness with Desdemona by framing her to be seen as unfaithful to Othello also he expresses his love for Othello frequently and effusively, for example; "…I lay with Cassio lately…. In sleep I heard him say, "Sweet Desdemona, Let us be wary, let us hide our loves!"
Especially when she reminisces in the final stanza about the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence. Nevertheless, she is still presented as a foul character who threatens the reader, with the line ‘Be terrified’. The poem also ends with the line ‘Look at me now’ which has a double entendre (double meaning). It could be read as a cry of despair or, as a threat – if you did look at Medusa you would die! This leaves the reader feeling conflicting emotions for the character, probably similar to how Medusa herself feels in the poem.