Jane Austen uses attributes that are usually conceived as vices to prove her argument. Although many of the characters agree vanity and pride are wrong traits, Darcy argues, “...vanity is a weakness indeed, But pride--wherre there is a real superiority of mind, pride will always be under good regulation” (50-51). These vices are placed upon him without his control. Jane Austen is not criticizing Darcy. She is criticizing the other characters.
Both pride and prejudice are moral distortions and prevent the individual from seeing things as they really are. Marked by an elegant structure, and sharp satire, Pride and Prejudice encompasses the primary theme that maturity is achieved through the loss of illusion, particularly pertaining to the relationships between the witty yet prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet and the cultured yet prideful Fitzwilliam Darcy. Throughout the novel, Austen satirizes the manners of all classes, exposing people who have excessive pride as rude and often foolish, regardless of wealth or station. While the terms of pride and prejudice pertain particularly to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, there are other characters as well that portray these traits as well. Austen uses Mr. Collins as an extreme example of how excessive pride can affect one’s manner.
As long as the women remain docile receptacles they are "good"; when they resist or even question masculine authority, they are "bad." Rose complains, "When we are good girls and accept our circumstances, we're glad about it....When we are bad girls, it drives us crazy" (99). The women have been indoctrinated to the point that they initially buy into and accept these standards of judgem ent. The type of patriarchy described by Smiley simply serves to show the inscription of the marginalization of women by men in the novel and in our society. Another strength of the novel is its treatment of secrets and appearances.
Antigone and Ismene show great contrast from each other, but their morality determines the fate of their lives. Through analyzing these two female characters, it can be seen that Antigone, though the victim of death, possess qualities that the survivor Ismene lacks; the character of Ismene acts as Antigone's foil. Antigone is portrayed as a courageous woman, whose audacious qualities defy the authority of a patriarchal society, whereas Ismene conceals herself in the shadows of stronger men. Antigone accepts the dire consequences that follow with her decision, despite knowing
Many critics of The Autobiography of my Mother have remarked on the unrealistic facets of Xuela's extremist character. Her lack of remorse, her emotional detachment, her love of the dirty and "impure," and her consuming need for total control over everyone and everything around her give her an almost mythic quality. A more well-rounded, humanistic character would have doubts and failings that Xuela does not seem to possess. In light of Xuela's deep-seated resentment of authority, stubborn love of the degraded and unacceptable, intense rejection of the ìmaster-slaveî relationship, and--most pointedly--her hatred of the British and British culture, many critics have embraced the idea that Xuela is highly symbolic of the conquered, colonized races whose blood makes up her own. There are many complex parallels between Xuela's character and the collective psyche and cultural beliefs of Dominica's "conquered" races.
In literature, a hero is fundamentally a paragon of moral strength while a villain is a challenger of virtue. As the protagonist of Charlotte Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff fulfills the broadest definition of a literary hero but this only thinly veils his dark delight in causing torment that places him squarely in the realms of villainy. His only trace of humanity is revealed by the transcendent love he shares with Catherine. It is this value that evokes sympathy from the audience and mitigates his immorality, rendering him an antihero rather than a villain. Brontë’s choice to portray Heathcliff so heinously allows vengeance to overwhelm love as the salient theme of the novel and therefore elucidates the darkest and most destructive motivations of mankind.
As a reader, one can overlook “the detective’s social abnormality only because these are attached to individuals we take to be normal” (Gregoriou 25) as well as Watson’s adoration for Holmes pores through the narration and binds the reader. In the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, the author presents juxtaposing duos that serve as perfect accompaniments to one another. Watson provides readers, who may not possess Holmes ' analyst abilities, with a character they can more personally identify with. Patricia Bray argues that the second character is the "gateway" that permits readers to relate to the protagonist in an accessible means (Bray). Watson has the power to make the edgy genius Holmes a bit more sympathetic by exhibiting the allegiance between the detective and
When introducing Watson to the new client, Count Von Kramm, Holmes admits of Watson’s usefulness stating: “This is my friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me in my case.” (Conan Doyle) Watson is given credit for helping; however Holmes diminishes Watson’s power by mention of his helpfulness only on “occasions”. Watson feeling some discomfort by the comment rises to leave, “I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me back into my chair.” “It is both, or none,” said he. “You may say before this gentleman anything which you may say to me.” (Conan
The unknown is commonly something that people fear, but what happens when intelligent individuals dare to uncover the facts within it? The answer to this question is that remarkable discoveries are made that change human knowledge, technology, and health forever. Possibly the most beneficial of these discoveries are the ones involving the betterment of human health. Doctors and scientists are often viewed as the most intellectual people in the world’s communities, but they are still human and therefore prone to error. However, Morton A. Meyers’s book Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs explores the various positive outcomes that arose from human error.
That is why Conan Doyle makes sure the criminal is punished Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes as a believable character by making him have both strengths and weaknesses. For example, Holmes´ reasoning skill is his strength while his unstable personality is his weakness. Dr. Watson is the narrator of the stories. The reason I think Dr. Watson is shown as a doctor is because everybody trusts their own doctor, so if Conan Doyle can get the readers to trust Watson, he can get the reader to believe in the story. He is shown as being less expert than Holmes, missing the reasoning skills he has, which makes