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. John Proctor is the tragic hero of the play, “The Crucible.” He has a high social status in the town, yet, because of his tragic flaw, he cannot bring himself to prevent his own death and tragic downfall. Proctor exhibits these tragic traits, making this play a tragedy of self-respect prevailing over shame and public
The sunlight gleamed off of him, in a somewhat peaceful way, although he had just passed away because of a silly game. Rat Kiley feels complete responsibility for Lemon’s death, and indeed, finds his own coping mechanism. The soldiers see a young water buffalo near by, and Rat Kiley already knew what he was going to do to try to rid himself of his guilt. Kiley steps closer to the buffalo with a gun, and torturously shoots at it. He does not immediately kill the water buffalo, but instead shoots it in places he knows the animal will feel immense pain and sorrow.
The lake itself is described as “fetid and murky, the mud banks glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires.” (130) However, as the narrator explains, the lake was not always like this but instead was named “Wakan” by “the Indians”, the name being “a reference to the clarity of its waters.” (130) The complete change of the lake since the time of the Indians, from clear to murky, exemplifies the corruption of the society’s morals, especially in contrast to the Native Americans who praised and looked after the land. The Wakan, or Greasy Lake, is a symbol for the youth culture itself in the story and is littered, literally and metaphorically, by alcohol, sex and violence. Through the use of the setting as a symbol of corruption and sin, Boyle creates a wild and uncertain atmosphere. In doing so, he allows the characters to have more freedom and gives the story more believability as the events become more extreme. Along with making the action more believable, the setting helps to make the characters more believable.
The recurrent “unclean hands” motif establishes the torturous and debilitating feeling of guilt that stains ones soul and conscience after having committed an evil act. These feelings of guilt plague Macbeth throughout the story and slowly drive him mad following his horrifyingly immoral murder of King Duncan. Shortly after completing the heinous act, Macbeth shouts, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand?” (Macbeth 2.2.78-9) while removing Duncan’s blood from his hands. Although Macbeth succeeds in ridding himself of the actual evidence, he fails to remove the permanent mark left on his conscience that haunts him until his death. Lady Macbeth also portrays the “unclean hands” motif through her actions when she suddenly beings sleepwalking and gesturing with her hands as if she is washing them.
In O’Brien’s ‘How To Tell A True War Story’, the story he tells us about Rat Kiley shooting the baby water buffalo both disturbs and intrigues. The act itself is without a doubt horrific, but it does not elicit a response of disgust. The question itself remains however, why did he shoot the buffalo in the first place? Rat’s actions were not random, pointless cruelty, but are in fact indicative of a much deeper, more complex emotional state. We must eliminate several more obvious answers first, but we can find that Rat Kiley is trying to reconcile what he is feeling with the situation he finds himself in.
Robert and Roger talk about Jack going to beat up one of their tribe members, “‘He got angry and made us tie Wilfred up.’”(159). They find this cruel act funny and exciting. Their humaneness is disappearing and they are taking pleasures in the most twisted things. Moreover, the disappearance of their humaneness leads them to killing people. Piggy went to talk to them in a civilized manner but they ended up killing him.
However, as the book continues we see the stones become a thing of evil as Roger loses his grip on civilisation. The stones come to represent the loss of restriction normally imposed by civilisation. In chapter 11 Roger rolls a huge boulder off the cliff at Castle Rock and onto Piggy, killing him outright. From this we know that Roger has truly lost his grasp on civilisation and has turned from a civilised boy into a savage who is willing to commit murder. “Roger with a sense of delirious abandonment leaned on the lever.” “Delirious” can only refer to his lack of propriety which leads to the death of another human.
There Tim O'Brien tells the story of Curt Lemon's death at least four times and shows the following feeling of soldiers in Rat Kiley's letter and shooting of baby buffalo . The stories of Curt Lemon's death turn out to be completely paradoxical, because it is obvious how versions contradict one another “when he died it was almost beautiful”, the gore was horrible and stays with me” and also with black humor "Dave Jensen … singing ‘Lemon Tree’ as we threw down the parts" and then, from "it all happen" to "every goddamn detail …. None of it happened. None of it". This may confuse the reader, but Tim O'Brien adds his comments and instructions, repeats them between the storytelling, explaining his approach to express the exact truth of feeling.
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When Monty Python's Galahad must face the final test at the Bridge of Death, he is one of the two knights who perish for failure to answer the riddles; perhaps he dies also for having failed to be what his title terms him, just as Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave dies for his flaw. In Gawain and the Green Knight, the temptation in an analogous castle is again that of the hostess, "Her bright throat and bosom fair to behold, fresh as the first snow fallen upon hills." (Lines 956-7) However, the critique of chastity is entirely on the grounds of sinning in thought and not in deed. Whereas Galahad the Chaste was perfectly willing to give up his chastity, Gawain is not willing--but he does consider it. The temptation is presented is much less lustful terms in the poem.