The Growth of Angelo and Pompey in Measure for Measure It is very difficult for a state to impose morality on its' citizens since morals have a tendency to be relative. Adding to the complexity is the fact that everyone has sinned - the enforcer is as much at fault as the accused. This problem comes to a boil in Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure", where Angelo enforces the death sentence for fornication against Claudio. Angelo then uses Claudio's problem as leverage to get his sister to commit the same crime with him. Throughout this play, Angelo's sins are exposed to him and he goes through a repentance, payment, and growth process.
Emilia tells Othello too late of the lies told by her husband and she dies at the hands of Iago for her confession. Iago's lies have come to a crescendo and Othello realizes he has been deceived. Othello then commits suicide and we find, in this case, in order for love to conquer all, evil must triumph. As is the case oftentimes in real life, there is no happy ending. Iago is, for the literary world, evil incarnate.
Romeo and Juliet Mock Trial Essay Of all the things that occur in Romeo and Juliet, the death of Tybalt is one of the most climatic parts of the story. Yet, this all started from another killing of a different person, Mercutio. Mercutio, a relative of the Prince and friend of Romeo, and Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet and Mercutio’s arch enemy, were in a heated conversion when Romeo walked in after getting married to Juliet and saw what was going on. Tybalt and Mercutio began to fight and Romeo tried to come in between them to stop the whole thing. Unfortunately, as Tybalt was under Romeo’s arms, he stabbed Mercutio and he died soon after.
Isabella’s Moral Dilemma in Measure for Measure "O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, with saints dost bait thy hook." A disturbing tale of suspense, dark comedy and corruption, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure explores sexuality, morality and the law, exposing the abuse of authority in high places amid the seething underworld of Vienna. This essay will explore Isabella’s moral dilemma. In the play, Claudio has been sentenced to death for getting his fiancee pregnant (his crime was not so much getting her pregnant, but having sex with her at all). Claudio's sister, Isabella, who is in the process of joining a nunnery, feels that Claudio has done wrong, has sinned and committed a crime, but she feels that the sentence--death--is too strict.
After he kills the King and Banquo (separately) he is distraught with shame and guilt, while Lady Macbeth holds herself together and covers for his strange behavior. In Act V, we see Lady Macbeth falling apart, a downfall we later learn leads her to suicide. Macbeth, on the other hand, has forgotten his guilt, and is even willing to fight in the face of certain death when he learns of Macduff's unmotherly birth. While both characters may be viewed as foul, the theme still applies. One would expect, stereotypically, that Macbeth would be the one trying to convince his queasy wife that killing the King would be a blessing.
To even more complicate the plot, Mr. Capulet promised Paris that will Juliet “shall be married to” him (R&J 3.4.21). This arrangement happens because Juliet was sad about Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment. The marriage forces the Juliet to fake her death, which is the reason for Romeo’s suicide. Romeo committed suicide because he did not her death was fake. This is a bad decision because Juliet and Friar Lawrence should have found a way to tell Romeo before she fakes her death.
Power, in the wrong hands, can be very poisonous. Claudius’ avarice for power was a poison to every character in the play. His desire for his brothers thrown caused him to murder his own brother, and destroy an entire royal family: “I am still possess 'd of those effects for which I did the murder. My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen.” Claudius admits that he committed this nefarious act because of his lust for the crown. Power also had a poisonous effect on Ophelia.
Society obviously thinks so, and plants these toxic doctrines into its people’s minds, creating a vicious cycle of unnecess... ... middle of paper ... ...ay, and eventually senselessly ends in the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, and Romeo and Juliet. Society’s lack of laws helping the apothecary leads to his destitution, which in turn leads him to agree to sell Romeo poison because the apothecary needed the money desperately, which then led to Romeo’s death by poison and Juliet’s suicide by stabbing when she saw him dead. Society also labels the characters with specific roles, Friar Lawrence with “peacemaker” and Lord and Lady Capulet with “patriarch” and “wife”, respectively, and forces them to follow or face losing their reputations. The true killer of Romeo and Juliet is the root of all complications and motives for the character’s decisions. Trace back a line of reason from any character’s judgment or action.
Towards the end of the play, Hamlet becomes enraged and accuses his mother for marrying his uncle in such a short time after his father’s death. The incestuous relationship suggest that his mother might have been involved in her husband’s murder, which is more reason to kill Claudius. Gertrude is a loving figure that is unable to understand Hamlet’s delicate state. Her way of solving problems is by isolating those that confront her, instead of analyzing her own mistakes and owning up to them. When Hamlet walks into his mother’s bedroom, he kills Polonius who is hiding behind the arras, and compares the murder to his mother’s guilt.
Whereas The Eumenides portrays it through killing the family by committing matricide and homicide, The Bacchae portrays it through killing the family by committing unconscious homicide driven by the desire of the forbidden. The most powerful characters in The Eumenides, starting with the Furies, everything about them has a meaning. The Furies think of Orestes as an awful person, and are determined to capture Orestes for committing matricide. They do not symbolize peace, but revenge; they represent the application of the law without any further understanding. The Furies demonstrate this at the end of the play, in which they conform with a gift from Athena in order to stop arguing of what the solution turned out to be.