Katlyn Powers May 7, 2012 English 9AH Ginoplos 3rd The Effects of the Nurse and Friar If a negative action occurs, human nature causes people to naturally want to point the finger at someone else. The truth is that someone is usually to blame for the situation. In Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet confided in Friar Lawrence and the nurse about their secret and forbidden love. Actions by the star-crossed lovers were influenced by the assistance and advice from the nurse and the Friar. The actions of the nurse and the Friar are responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
Al Johri Ms. Hamilton English III Honors 14 September 2009 In Arthur Miller's classic play, the Crucible, Act II, Scene II was deliberately removed. This scene largely consisted of a heated conversation between the two protagonists of the play, Abigail Williams and John Proctor. At first, Abigail believes that Proctor has finally come to marry her; however, this misconception is cleared when Proctor releases his wrath upon her due to Abigail's baseless accusation of witchcraft upon his wife, Elizabeth. As the scene progresses, the reader sees how Abigail becomes so wrapped up in her lies and witchcraft, consequently diminishing her intelligence, and what little respect she had in the reader's eyes. The reason the scene was cut from the play lies in both the significance of the conversation and what it revealed about the John Proctor in terms of his affair and his character.
“My friends at home now hate me…” Medea even earned more enemies when helping Jason. For examples, she killed Pelias and his daughters. “There I put king Pelias…” Through the play, Euripides shows that Medea is an obedient wife when she had borne for Jason two sons. She always tries
“Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say, ‘Two may keep counsel, putting one away’?” (2.5.185-186). By allowing and even helping Juliet to keep her marriage from her parents, the nurse digs them both into a bigger hole with each lie that passes her lips and every time she helps Romeo and Juliet instead of going to the parents. Had she told the truth the deaths of the young lovers could have easily been avoided, but the Nurse continued to feed people disinformation. In Juliet’s most time of need, she goes on to say “(Romeo) Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye As Paris hath.”(3.5.222-223).
New Time, Same Problems: False Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures When looking at these works we see that their characters portray similar characteristics and dilemmas. Pauline from Heavenly Creatures gets influenced by Juliette to believe that if they get rid of Pauline’s mother, Honora, they will be able to achieve all the goals they have; this is short lived when they get separated anyway. Similarly, Macbeth is convinced by his wife that the killing Duncan is the right way to become king, after the murder takes place he realizes that there are more obstacles to over come till he becomes king; obstacles he cannot over come. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is similar to the film Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson because of the character parallels
Euripides' use of extended descriptive sentences in the prologue allows him to portray two sides to Medea, a fragile woman and a strong-willed one. During the time in which she was still married to Jason, Euripides draws on the powerlessness of women in a marriage, evident when the Nurse says that 'to Jason [Medea] is all obedience - and... that's the saving thing, when a wife obediently accepts her husband's will.' To further emphasize on the male dominated society of Corinth, Medea, in the presence of King Creon, was immediately ordered to 'remove [herself]'. Despite being exiled due to fear, Medea adheres to the parental role in Creon, saying that '[he is] a father too', manipulating him into giving her one day to plot her revenge. This shows that
The essay sheds light on the impacts of Medea on the image of women in Ancient Greece. Euripides’ use of language and structure helps Medea, the main character, create a strong and meaningful initial impact on the audience as they are led to sympathize with her. After Jason leaves Medea heartbroken and shattered, her situation depreciates, as King Creon orders Medea “take your sons and go, into exile” (page 17). This event will cause some of the men in the audience to sympathise with Medea, because she was sent into exile after her husband left her and their children, to marry a princess. Euripides structures the play in order for sympathy towards Medea to build up slowly.
Fearing that Medea will do ‘some irreparable harm to (his) daughter’, Creon banishes her from his land, setting in motion a chain of events that lead to the final tragedy of the play. If Medea had reigned in her emotions when she first heard the news of how she’d been betrayed, she would never have been exiled or prompted to take sword to her children. Medea’s emotions can be found at the root of the troubles in the drama. However, there are situations where Medea is able to exercise control over her volatile feelings with relative ease. This is made evident in the first act, when she ‘walks out (of the house)’ after her lamentations ‘and
We learn that Dido is as susceptible to human emotion as anyone else – she is described as being “sick with love” following the disappearance of her husband. This is essential, as it allows for Venus to act out her ploy in the final section of the book. In this description from Venus we also find out about Dido’s skills as a leader, a quality that is very central to her character, when Venus remarks that “the woman led the whole undertaking” (the undertaking being an incredibly large voyage to start a new kingdom). The feature of Dido which is shown most strongly in this passage is her resilience; she is undeniably a victim, and yet handles her position with great strength and success Before the reader actually encounters dido, we can learn more still of her character from the description Virgil gives of the Carthaginian people, as a “hive” which “seethes with activity.” As Dido is the leader of these people, it certainly says something of her that her people are so efficient and hard working. We also learn in this section that Dido is pious, and respectful of the gods; she is building a “huge temple, rich with offerings”, which shows her to be morally upstanding, or put more simply, a good person.
She threatened Macbeth, ‘live a coward in thine own esteem’ (Act 1 Scene 7), by questioning his manhood and calling him a coward. She seemed to be in control and took leadership over her husband usually dictating his actions. She had him in the palm of her hand. The one time when Macbeth decided to do what was right and stand up to his wife he failed and still went along with her plan. The one time when we knew that Lady Macbeth was still human and still had feelings was towards the end of the play when the guilt drives her mad and she commits suicide.