His distorted perceptions of the American Dream ultimately ruined his life and the lives of his family. Sadly, Willy definitely failed as a father. He obviously favored his eldest son Biff over his youngest son Happy, and this constant neglect drove Happy to become more like his older brother as an adult in order to win his father’s approval. We can see this through his philandering behavior, something Biff was known for in high school, the golden years. Biff, on the other hand, had it worse because his father sold him lies about his importance in the business industry, which forced Biff to admire Willy and strive to be like him one day.
Arthur Dimmesdale has a grand reputation and authority in his community, which worsens his downfall. The respect he had from his community makes them hurt worse when they see his decline. His excessive pride makes him ignorant to most, until the end when all things go downhill. He also made a life altering decision of whether to stay and face his guilt, or to run away from his mistakes. Arthur Dimmesdale, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is an example of a tragic hero because of the downfall brought about by his guilt and necessity to uphold his authority in the town.
Throughout Victorian literature we see many prominent themes; however, one theme that really stands out, is the prevalence of sin, violence and crime. While at times we have to look deep into the written work to see the sin and or crime that is taking place it also can be presented quite clearly. Some works that have a clear presence of this theme include Robert Browning’s poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover. Other works comprised of sinful deeds are Goblin Market and The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point. Lewis Carroll’s, Through the Looking-Glass and Alice in Wonderland, provide us with extreme cases of violence, which is pushed upon a child.
Richard himself demonstrates this as he ruthlessly goes after Ann after killing her lover and her Father. Through manipulation but not by his heart he gains Ann’s hand. So, he does gain a woman for political strength but he still does not fulfill the trait of a King as a loving individual. Why does Richard believe he should be King? He seems to possess only one quality which his brothers have: to be born of Royalty.
It led to Claudio and Hero getting married. It also led to Benedick and Beatrice to getting married. The first step is that they tricked Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love and after Benedick was realizing how much he loved her, he asked for her hand. They tricked Claudio into marrying Hero because they faked her death after he disgraced at the alter. After they found out she was accused wrongly Claudio pleaded sorry to Leonato and told him he wants to make it up to him.
In this manner, Loman refuses to accept his failure as a salesman, and he imposes his own shame onto his children. In this manner, Loman is very similar to Oedipus in the denial of his destiny, which results in the tragic downfall of man that continually suffers through the denial of his own feelings of shame: :” “It is the denial of such feelings [of shame] that cripples Willy and the rest of the Loman family” (Ribkoff 122). In this way, Biff can only respond to the self-will of his father’s madness through the apathy and victimization that his father has imposed on him: ““Biff: Yeah. Lotta dreams and plans” (9). In this manner,
Because Mr. Earnshaw openly preferred Heathcliff over his own biological son, Hindley Earnshaw not only felt resentment and jealousy towards Heathcliff, but also a sense of remorse as he could never find favor in his father’s eyes as he desired. As Heathcliff came between Mr. Earnshaw and his son, Hindley seemingly lost the fatherhood figure in his life. As Hindley would grow older to become a father, his low self esteem and distorted view of the world came along with it. As Hindley is a victim of favoritism, it shaped him to become a very vulnerable character. This ultimately led Hindley to be the intoxicated, corrupt and abusive parent he is to his own son, Hareton.
The hand is the image of Heathcliff’s past. Hindley was envious of how his father, Mr. Earnshaw, treated Heathcliff so warmly and disregarded his own children to love Heathcliff even more. Hindley began to abuse Heathcliff and treat him like a servant. When Hindley’s wife began to dislike Heathcliff, Hindley, sensing an opportunity, lashed out and abused He... ... middle of paper ... ...f abhorrence. Heathcliff’s heritage is unknown and is implied through many instances that he is the spawn of a demon.
Finally, this statement creates a parallel between Chillingworth's idea of justice and the Puritans'. The theme Hawthorne builds up in Chillingworth is not simply his pain and torment. It is a more important representation of the weakness in the values of the people in Puritan times, and how their perseverance for "justice" skewed their views on life and forgiveness. Because of his mindset, Chillingworth torments himself with his goal to destroy Dimmesdale just as much as Dimmesdale tortures himself for their seven years together. Chillingworth is ruining his own life and does not realize it, because he no longer sees the value in life as he tries to ruin one.
He deliberately betrayed his father so he could gain his title, and he let it go about harsh measures. He is a more evil parallel to Goneril and Regan in this sense that he doesn’t truly love his father, and cares more about himself rather than anyone else. Edgar is a parallel to Cordelia. Edgar loves his father throughout the play, although his confusion clouds his thoughts at times. Edgar is virtuous and comes to his father’s aid, when needed, and he even prevents him from committing suicide.