But he is unfortunately oblivious to the virtue in her soul, the deep beauty contained in the depth of her love for him. The wife's virtue leads her onward and upward; the husband's lack of it, and inability to appreciate virtue in his Georgiana makes him seem arrogant and selfish. The theme of Hawthorne's story is that perfection is impossible and that there is always a price to pay for being vain. We must always be willing to take the good with the bad. When we try to impose our will on Nature we can get destroyed in consequence just as Georgiana was destroyed when the birthmark was removed.
With Othello being an outcast and in a marriage that no one approves of, it sets up Iago to be able to capitalize on Othello’s lack of confidence and to make Othello feel jealous. Iago starts off by, telling Othello that Desdemona is being unfaithful to him and that she prefers people of the same type as her, Iago states, “As – to be bold with you – / Not to affect many proposed matches / Of her own clime, complexion, and degree, / Whereto we see in all things nature tends” (3.3. 244-247). Iago knows that Cassio is the perfect match, he is the same age, same race and class as Desdemona, whereas Othello does not have any other these characteristics. Furthermore, Iago uses Desdemona’s pass against her to convince Othello of her unfaithfulness, “She did deceive her father, marrying you; / And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks, / She loved them the most” (3.3.
Thus, reality is not in her best interest as she will miserably be in love with a person she is appalled by. It is better to be blind to his flaws. Furthermo... ... middle of paper ... ...by and enchantment. In real life, most of us are Helens hoping that this trance will last forever, except we do not have the magic to prolong the love or the fake realities we create. Shakespeare reveals how absurd it is to live on these unrealities by throwing in Titania’s realization of her love for Bottom.
Rather than the freedom for Proserpina agreed between herself and Pluto, Januarie desires a wife of "warm wex" that he can control, ultimately causing May to betray him. Januarie's reasons for marrying are seen as improper both in the mediaeval and modern contexts. He wishes to be married simply because he is old and society seems to say that he should. There is no consideration of love, only of lust as he declares, "I wol noon oold wyf han in no manere". A mediaeval audience would have been aware that an emphasis on carnal pleasure was displeasing to God, while this would be less of an issue to a modern audience.
Beatrice is free from any evil touching her, but she is also isolated from any good that may come to her. What could Rappaccini's rationalization for controlling his daughter's life so completely be? It is probably due to a hard life lived by Rappaccini and the assumption that the world is evil and that there is no hope for goodness. But, what Rappaccini does not understand is that purity is chosen individually, not forced upon someone. "His insane zeal for science"(2251) has made Rappaccini obsessed with controlling his surroundings.
It is this necessity of love that makes Catherine suffer. It is understandable that Catherine marries Edgar to improve her quality of life, as there would be few alternatives to do this, as women had no career prospects. However, Catherine's marries Edgar not only for her benefit but because 'If I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff and place him out of my brother's power' It is here that Catherine has unrealistic expectations although her altru... ... middle of paper ... ...d sympathy for Isabella because even Heathcliff warns her to some extent 'he stared hard at the object of discourse (Isabella), as one might do at a strange repulsive animal'. It seems that Isabella wilfully misreads the signals because she has a romantic illusion that she can tame the broody character into a loving one 'It is deplorable ignorance of his character which makes that dream enter your head. Pray, don' imagine that he conceals depths of benevolence and affection beneath a stern exterior!'
Elmire pretends that she loves Tartuffe, having hidden Orgon beneath the table in the room. Because Orgon cannot envision Tartuffe to be the man everyone claims he is, his wife must demonstrate the truth of Tartuffe's character by allowing Orgon to hear from the charlatan's own mouth what kind of fraud he truly is. Because Orgon is unable to see beyond Tartuffe's pretend saintliness, it is only after hearing the man not only make advances toward his wife, but also dismiss his religious beliefs that Orgon is able to step back, distance himself from the pretense Tartuffe has surrounded himself with, and call Tartuffe out as a scoundrel. Elmire lays the trap for Tartuffe about his faith—how can he contemplate seducing her, when he says he is devoted to Heaven? ELMIRE: “ But how can I consent to what you wish, Without offending Heaven you talk so much of?” TARTUFFE: “If Heaven is all that stands now in my way, I'll easily remove that little hindrance; Your heart need not hold back for such a trifle.” In perhaps the most entertaining scene of the play, Elmire convinces her husband to hide under the table to listen to this discussion.
Nicholas too, treats Alisoun as an object of desire, rather than a married woman. He shows no respect for their marriage when he has sex with Alisoun under the same roof as John, but continues to cokewold him. Throughout 'The Miller's Tale' we see how marriage is abused and manipulated to people's advantage. I feel that Chaucer is making the reader deliberately aware of how easy it is to cokewold someone and how quickly you can caught in a trap where there is no escape, just like John. If there's one thing you should take on board from this poem its that, "man sholde wedde his similitude."
They are also both capable of escaping those who intend to keep them from their goals. Gwendolen is able to flee her overbearing mother, Lady Bracknell; Cecily outsmarts Jack by organizing Algernon to stay, and also avoids Miss Prism to continue on a rendezvous with her lover. For both women, material and small things are most important. Gwendolen insist on marrying a man with the name Ernest merely based on the name's connotations. Cecily also craves the same as she believes Jack's brother is an immoral man and ever though she has never met him, the thought of him sounds idealistic.
We soon begin to realize this is just another one of Iago’s selfish acts to get what he wants. His responses seem as if he doesn’t care as if she is cheating, but more wishes he never knew about it. He says that it would be better off if “pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body”, then him knowing that his wife was cheating (3.3.345). He describes his wife’s “infidelity” as if, “had it placed in heaven to try him with affliction, had they rained all kinds of sores and shames on his bare head”; Death is more reassuring in life than dealing with his wife’s infidelity (4.2.47-49). It’s not the thing itself, but knowing about it is what’s horrible.