His sense of pride prevented him from admitting to the adultery. Thus, the town did not understand Abigail’s motivation as did Proctor. He could have also prevented his demise if he had chosen to sign the paper. However, he feels that his name is “not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang” and chooses death over humility. This play exhibits tragedy because, though Proctor had many opportunities to change his fate, he chooses his demise because his tragic flaw prohibits him from doing otherwise.
Because he was blind to the prophecy, he blinds himself to remember everything he had done. His fate would have been execution, but by punishing himself, he makes other believe that he is punished. In addition to Oedipus avoiding his fate he is a coward in terms of his actions. He tells Creon to exile him far away because he is too afraid to deal with all that has happed. When he says “Drive me out of this country as quickly as may be to a place where no human voice can ever greet me.” (Ln.
He obviously was never close to her, due to his lack of wanting to visit her. He describes visiting her as a strenuous task. She is almost like a random person in his mind. The rest home director describes Meursault behavior the day of the funeral, “… I hadn’t wanted to see Maman, that I hadn’t cried once, and that left right after the funeral without paying my last respect at her grave”(89). A man who loved his mother would have cried a little bit at her funeral.
Her father, Polonius, suggests that she does not waste her time on Hamlet and that she should not talk or spend time with him. Ophelia is no longer allowed to pursue things with Hamlet because of the disapproval of her father and brother. This takes a toll on Ophelia and is one of the many reasons why her life is so tragic. Even though Ophelia unconditionally loves Hamlet, it is not a mutual feeling. The King, Claudius, sends many people to spy on Hamlet throughout the play and Hamlet begins to think that Ophelia is helping the King spy on him.
The Outsider: Theme When one does not follow society’s expectations, he or she can be judged negatively by others is a theme in The Outsider. In the novel, Meursault is judged by society because of his response to circumstances around him. Meursault is sentenced to death because society cannot accept his behaviour and his actions. His detachment from the outside world and his actions were what caused Meursault’s execution. Meursault’s detached personality is first shown when he showed no emotion at his mother’s funeral and how he did not know his mother’s age: “I [Meursault] hadn’t wanted to see mother, hadn’t cried once and I’d left straight after the funeral without paying my respects at her grave.” (86).
The lawyer’s problem stems from the fact that he doesn’t know how to deal with and eventually get rid of Bartleby. The issue is not ignorance but confrontation between the lawyer and Bartleby. Delano on the other hand, succumbed to his well-natured obliviousness and overlooks clues of a mutiny right under his nose. However, because of his social conditioning leading him to believe that these events could not possibly occur, even though they crossed his mind, he nearly leads himself and his entire crew to their demise. Captain Delano can be shortly described as “a person of a singularly undistrustful good nature” (2695).
When Ophelia dies Laertes is Distraught and isn’t afraid to show this whereas Hamlet loved her but his lack emotion left him without a connection to her at the end of the play. Laertes feels so sad from not only his father’s death but then Ophelia dying that breaks down acting without any use of his brain going to the king and accusing without any proof. Hamlet however reacts very different to death for when his fathers is murdered he has “A little more that kin, and less the kind”. This meaning he suspected someone (the king) but didn’t do anything for he
“Friar Lawrence, less ambitious and more desperate than his fellow manipulators, does not hope that Juliet’s death will dissolve the families’ hatreds but only that it will give Romeo and chance to come and carry her off” (Snyder). At this point Romeo and Juliet’s relationship could not solve the problems between the families and the Friar was only uniting them. This is what made the Friar so repulsive. Even now after deaths and family issues, He treated the situation like a game. “Hold, daughter, I do spy a kind of hope, / Which craves as desperate an execution / As that is desperate which we would prevent (4.1.69-71).
→ He is unable to convince Brutus to give the command to get rid of Antony, along with Caesar, as Brutus’ words and rejection to the suggestion carry more weight, which are able to influence the rest of conspirators. “Yet I fear him;/ For in the ingrafted love he bears to Caesar -” This suggests that he realises and understands that Antony poses a threat of carrying out revenge for Caesar, even after the objective of killing Caesar is completed. However, his worries are not brought across to the conspirators as his words have no weight, and furthermore, his submissive character results in him not pursuing this worry. → “I wish we may. But yet have I a mind/That fears him much, and my misgiving still /Falls shrewdly to the purpose”, from this we can see how he still shows some signs of uneasiness about them giving Antony a chance but is still not able to bring his point across to Brutus and the other conspirators as they all reason with Brutus and later on even submits himself to accepting Antony and even trying to convince him to join them.
Thus, he expresses his unconventional thoughts freely because he is indifferent of what others feel about his apathetic honesty. This is demonstrated in response to when Marie asks him when his mother has died. “[He] explain[s] that [his] mother [has] died. ‘When?’ she ask[s], and [he] [says], ‘Yesterday.’ She [makes] no remark, though [he] thought she [shrinks] away a little.” (14) She is disturbed by this honesty because he just dated her last night without grieving his mother; it’s socially unacceptable to not to grief for death of one’s parent, but Meursault believe that her mother death is not his fault and emotionally detach himself form that matter. Nonetheless, this honesty doesn’t complicate situation and she doesn’t mention about his mother again.