His interest and involvement in Dr. Jekyll’s affair contradict with the introduction of his personality in the very beginning of the book, which shows his indifference toward immorality and lack of social skill. s Mr. Utterson likes this letter because it says that his friend Dr. Jekyll is not blackmailed and the evil person Mr. Hyde will not distract Dr. Jekyll again. Also Mr. Utterson feels guilty and blames himself for his past suspicions, for Mr. Hyde does not intend to blackmail Dr. Jekyll at all. By contrast, Mr. Hyde fully realizes his unworthiness of inheriting Dr. Jekyll’s properties. However, Mr. Utterson is upset with the fact that the letter was from Dr. Jekyll as well after he lets his clerk compare the letter with Jekyll’s own
Salinger shows how Holden Caulfield follow a track of rejecting change, being lonely, and lying to the people that care for him. Throughout the novel Holden deals with his rejection of change. Holden does not want to change. He does not want to become an adult, but he rather want to stay as he is now a teenager boy. For instance when Holden went to the Museum
John Proctor is an immoral coward at the beginning of the play. He could be seen as a selfish or self-centered person. John only cares about his own reputation while he does not care about others’. As a married man, he is coward because he sleeping around on his wife. He is totally selfish because only him feel pleasure about having affair with Abigail.
Both Emily and Susan are expected to love Kane, but both become alienated by his coldness and lack of personal sacrifice. He expects Leland to provide him with platonic or fraternal love but is disappointed when Leland draws attention to his flaws. He fights for the love of the people in his quest to be governor but fails because he wants to control them and “tells them what to think”. Interestingly, it is his need for power and control that undermines his attainment of love as in all cases his refusal to give up “something he really cares about” to any of these people. When Leland and Kane toast to “love on [Kane’s] terms” the use of financial jargon like terms illuminates Kane’s misunderstanding of love attainment; He believes he can buy it, rather than
A Society Satirized in a Wonderful Play “Ignorance is like an exotic fruit…” writes Oscar Wilde as he sets the literary table with a rich display of Victorian satire. “The Importance of Being Earnest is obviously a comic critic of late Victorian value (Schmidt 5). Born in Dublin, Ireland, to affluent parents in 1854, Wilde experienced a social advantage when graduating from Oxford after receiving a scholarship (Moss 179) that gave him more than a taste of indulgent upper class life to ridicule. Wilde shows his characters as if they actually knew that they were in play and making them feel and realize all the absurdities they are saying (Foster 19). Both Jack and Algernon are admired by two young ladies who mistakenly believe the men's names to be Ernest, and who adore the men for this very reason.
In consideration, self-loathing rules the man’s existence forcing him to be selfless. Their whole life is almost a lie, a misconception trying to convince themselves why they should try to survive. So it seems the man also mirrors this in his personality, pretending to be someone else, convincing himself and the boy of what he is not. An alternative interpretation to the man’s first expression of desperate anger, (or even of any extreme emotion, contrasting to his regular empty, shell-like state), is that he is tortured with the thought that his wife left them and the horrific memories the mention of her brings up. This interpretation would make sense as it leads to an analepsis of the man and his wife arguing.
Daisy, while she may love Gatsby, loves social standing more and so she remains on East Egg in a loveless relationship. How heartbreaking is the fact that such a man as Gatsby who has crawled and scratched his way from poverty to wealth is still not afforded the love of his life. Even though he fights desperately to fake status, it is the class abyss that denies Gatsby his dream. And as it turns out, it is his willingness to sacrifice for her that costs him his life. Herein is nestled one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s many uses of geographic location to convey the moral decline of this American
Joe * Joe shows Janie that he loves her in many different ways. * Joe takes Janie from Logan and she runs away and lives with Joe. * Joe loves Janie but uses her in a way for status/reputation for himself because of how beautiful she was to the men. * Joe was very impulsive toward Janie and wanted to control everything she did he was selfish and wanted Janie all to himself and he only let Janie have limited freedom. * Janie has love for Joe but not so much after the year’s progress because of domestic abuse Joe does toward Janie to better himself and his status/reputation.
AP English Literature 4 April 2013 Victorian Era Satirization in The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde creates a light, yet well constructed, piece of timeless literature through The Importance of Being Earnest with strong characters and themes that satirize the Victorian era and its views. Aspects of Victorian society that are expressed very clearly throughout the text include society’s pride in status and arranged marriage, the importance of manners, and how people could find themselves stuck inside their own world of upper class and their mind. Wilde took these themes and brought them to extremes in hopes of showing the absurdity that he believed was behind the values of the time period through his characters and how they interact with one another with regard to Victorian values. Being of high class himself, Wilde was able to identify and understand the different variables of upper class society well and express them through his writing. Marriage, during this time period, was arranged by the authorities of the household and chosen to push someone higher up on the social ladder.
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?