Along the way he cannot control his temper and this personality flaw leads him to his our destruction. Blinded by ignorance and pride drives him to accuse Creon of trying to overthrow him. Sophocles use the blindness of Tiresias to point out the great power behind wisdom and understand through Oedipus situation. He sends the message that wisdom, knowledge are important aspects of life one should have because without them we are we will forced down a path of suffering and destruction. Humans have power when they have knowledge and insight but that power is liable to error because in reality we are all flawed with blindness to the truth and our own destruction can be an inner force that eats us out until we are forced to face the truth.
The Asylum of Optimists "Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself." US editor H.L. Mencken summed up the majority of Voltaire's Candide in this humorous statement. He stated Voltaire's ideas toward modern philosophy, specifically the Optimism of the philosopher Leibniz.
Inner peace is the belief that no matter what may come, a person will have the strength to overcome whatever the situation at hand deals them. Inner peace is knowing that however the situation turns out, a person will be okay. Until a person has reached this level of enlightenment, inner peace cannot be achieved. Although inner peace’s definition can vary from person to person, one fact remains true: Happiness and inner peace are two different entities.
Due to Oedipus’ blindness and ignorance, he is unable to see past the truth. His hamartia was his poor sense of judgement; he tried to go against his own fate by making decisions on his own. He was warned by many around him but did not seem to be more cautious or stop chasing a hurting truth. Oedipus was responsible for his own downfall, his constant persistence of going against wise people’s words and acting on the belief of his own intelligence ultimately led him to a path of destruction. In the end, he went from being known as the noble King of Thebes to a blinded man who has no point of living anymore.
This is an example of fate and free will. Creon said, “I too know it well and am troubled in soul. It is dire to yield; but by resistance to smite my pride with ruin----this too is a dire choice.” (Sophocles 142). This evokes pity from the audience because they know that Creon thought what he was doing was right but they also know that what he was doing was wrong. This shows how Creon realizes that he made an anagnorisis.
Marlow makes his feelings about lying clear early in his adventure. “You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies, – which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world – what I want to forget. It makes me miserable and sick…” (Heart, pp49-50). Marlow doesn’t hold much back here.
Many experts find torture unnecessary and claim that it is not an effective way to get reliable information anymore. Despite the horrible effects torture can have on the victim we forget the effects it has on the person forced to act out the torture. Initially, torture is unacceptable because it is always immoral. The first reason it is is that of the inhumane treatment that this entails. Often the victims are put into a position where to get the torture to stop they have to give up information on something they are suspected of doing, not something they were proven to have done.
Their identities were through their lack of ambition and ego, with a desperation born of the fear of the truth. On the other hand, they test their courage by placing themselves in dangerous situations. These systems and values are illustrated through the depiction of the characters in The Sun Also Rises, "a sad story about smashed people whose lives are largely beyond their own control"(Reynolds 73).
Being wronged is always immoral if the character doesn’t admit it. But since he admits so then variations about how wronged was he of the situation arouse. In “Broken Embraces” by Pedro Almodóvar the characters wronged others and some are going even further about wronged themselves. Others do it on purpose, others by mistake. Some because they are simply “mean”, others in order to achieve their own personal goals ignoring the well-being of the others.
Dimmesdale is very hypocritical in how he handles the subject of his sin. For example, he says "Be not silent from any mistaken pity or tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty he... ... middle of paper ... ...glimpse of human affection and sympathy, a new life, and a true one, in exchange for the heavy doom which he was now expiating." (pg. 184). Hester's offer to him for a new shot at life could not lift the guilt.