"Thinking's done with, for ever so long Learning and knowledge have sickened me....Bring on your miracles..." It is tragic when someone feels that they understand so much, or try to ignore so much to the point where they think that they should give their soul away with no fear of eternal damnation. Faust believes or tries to believe that there is no after life and that he can just trade away his life to the most evil being in existence with no repercussions. Falling from God and making the Devil his partner is something that deserves the title "a tragedy". While working with the Devil Faust did a number of evil things, some being quite tragic. It was already bad enough that Faust decided to play games with Mephistopheles, but it was worse when he decided he wanted to draw someone else into his sick deal.
The first being the “monstrous” conception of evil; “according to which the agent who freely chooses to pursue human suffering for its own sake thereby becomes, or perhaps already is, a creature distinct from normal human beings, a monster” (Garrard, McNaughton 4). The monstrous conception of evil is displayed in act two, scene two of Hamlet. Hamlet begins to exert insults upon Polonius. After consistently draining Polonius of all of his logic, Hamlet proceeds to guilt trip Polonius in saying “You can’t take anything from me that I care less about—except my life, except my life, except my life” (Crowther, 9). Even though the topic of love seems far from the center of their conversation, if the love that both Poloniu... ... middle of paper ... ...e in Hamlet.
Now, before I say anything about King Lear’s plot, I’d like to point out that it is a difficult play to follow. Joseph Carroll would agree, as he makes this claim. “King Lear is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of world literature, but also as one of the most challenging. The challenge is not just in the complexity of the language and the need for notes explaining obsolete terms and idioms – those problems are common to all of William Shakespeare’s plays. Instead, King Lear is exceptionally demanding emotionally and imaginatively.” With that said, the rising action i... ... middle of paper ... ...greatest name.” His plots are each unique, in their development, climax, and resolutions.
Victor's cruel phrase, "There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies" not only unveils animus toward his progeny but speaks of humanity's collective rejection. The phrase easily translates into "you are outside of human community; we want no part of you." Why? The origins of the creature, born of the lust of his creator’s overreaching thirst for forbidden knowledge, have implied to some interpreters that there is an inherent reason for humanity's rejection of him. Physically, the creature consisted of a tangled mass of dead body parts stitched together to become what nature would never have produced, hence the use of the word "monster", meaning "unnatural".
Mark Twain: The Pessimist “One is obliged to concede that in true loftiness of character, Man cannot claim to approach even the meanest of the Higher Animals.” Mark Twain makes it clear to his audience that he has pessimistic views towards the human race. After seeing several works influenced or directly written by this talented author, one can gather that Twain’s negative take on humanity is warranted. “The Damned Human Race” teaches the reader that man is war-like and greedy, the film and novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn prove that society’s idea of what is right is not always moral, and current events and real life experiences solidify the ideas that man is evil. Mark Twain allows the reader to hear his views through the voices of others, such as Jim in the novel and a scientist in the essay. These mediums, that reveal Twain’s attitude towards humanity, prove that his negative take on the human race is justified.
Richard assumes that love forms a bond which men can break, but fear is supported by the dread of ever-present pain (Machiavelli ch. XXIV); thus, for true success the hero must be a villain too. Richard III becomes one of literature’s most recognized anti-heroes under the hands of Shakespeare as he has no objective or thought to take up any other profession than the art of hatred; however, ironically being a representative of a heroic ruler sent by God, he is made to commit murder to redeem society of their sins.
But on the other hand problems may result if the demands of one role interfere with those of another. This situation is called role conflict. Victor and Clegg are excluded by society primarily because they have transgressed society's boundaries, that is to say, Victor plays God and creates "a new species which would bless him as its creator" p.52 ; his male monster is built from old body parts and strange chemicals because he is determined to learn about "the secrets of heaven and hell"p.37. Ironically, Victor creates a "hideous wretch" p.73 which is "an outcast in the world forever" p.129. However, this "filthy daemon" p.73 is initially gentle and has a kind, baby-like nature, just like normal humans.
How can Fortinbras sacrifice so much for such a futile purpose? In this scene, Hamlet realizes the brutality of humanity and first ponders the idea that no one is safe—another central pillar of existentialism. From this point on, Hamlet declares that he will have bloody thoughts. "My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!" (IV.iv.9.56).
Machiavelli asserts that human nature is inertly evil. Machiavelli is quick to mock human nature. Machiavelli states that man easily changes stances, lie on a consistently, are covetous, ungrateful, and cowardly. Machiavelli literally has nothing positive stated about human nature in the Prince. Instead, Machiavelli explains that “Men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony” in this statement he is essentially giving a distinct example of the evil nature of man (Machiavelli  2006).
What I really consider disturbing is the egotistical manner in which Victor operates himself. He wallows in his own tragedy. He is more interested in his own wretchedness than the fate of his beleaguered family or even this abusive environment his creation faces. He brings his sorrow upon himself, but yet at every opportunity is contemplates the abortion of his creation, even though he constantly ignores him, when he yearns for his love. I wonder whether the villagers find the creature so terrible because is so deformed, or because his appearance suggests a life so malevolent that they cannot fathom to imagine it.