She also is a glimpse into the author’s beliefs, as his connection to Romantic beliefs rubs off on the character. Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne, functions in the novel The Scarlet Letter as a physical representation of elements in the story and the author’s Romantic views. In the novel, Hester’s rebelliousness and energy are unique and contrast greatly with the bland Puritan ideals. From the beginning, the author’s positive diction and comparison of Hester to Mary help to characterize a woman with a pure spirit, despite her sin. Pearl, Hester’s daughter, is the embodiment of this spirit.
Leading ladies in Greek mythology heroes make a significant contribution to their quests, both positively and negatively. In the story “Perseus”, his leading lady Andromeda delays his completion of his quest to bring Medusa’s head back to Polydectes. However, through this, Perseus finds his true love. Next, Hercules has a life full of trouble all because of Hera’s hatred towards him, leading him to his well-known twelve labours. Finally, when Theseus’s quest of killing the Minotaur presents itself, Ariadne aids him with his essential tool, a ball of string, but creates trouble for Theseus later.
Without this pain and suffering that Odysseus goes through he may not have reached the pinnacle of his journey toward his destined life. The gods act as guides for Odysseus so that he may successfully pass these tests. As his aid, Athene becom... ... middle of paper ... ...happens, it all happens for the best. That everything that is done is a given test that you must achieve in order to reach your destiny. The Odyssey is a test of human devotion and trust through the gods, the mortals, and the obstacles through which they venture, which is shown throughout the entire story and in our everyday lives.
I will also prove that Sita is the "hidden hero" of this epic even though she is seen as taking a secondary role to Rama and show how this reflects women's secondary roles in society today. To begin our comparisons, we must first look at each character and recognize their separate journeys. Through summarization of the characters and their story, we will begin to see Rama's role and Sita's role. By this process, I will demonstrate how they correlate, differ and combine to form the Ramayana. Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, is a god known as Vishnu who has been reincarnated and sent to earth in mortal form.
This paper was able to scrutinize the archetypal villains, hero, and damsel in relation to the opposing concepts such as “good versus evil” and “sorcery versus reality”. It started out as a quest for an answer and later on it turned out to be a discovery for love upon seeing the real beauty within.
“My thought, whose murder is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother in summise and nothing is, but what is not.”(I, 3, 138) The villainy that Macbeth has already planned as a response to the predictions of three supernatural beings shows his innate villainy. Similar to Macbeth, Lady Macbeth upon reading the letter that explains the witch’s foretellings, and Macbeth’s appointment of thane of Cawdor immediately begins to plot the murder of King Duncan. “All that impedes thee from the golden round, which fate and me... ... middle of paper ... ... After the successful murder of Duncan, Macbeth entered a life of villainy. Ambition was also a clear motive to the murder of his friend Banquo. The witches' predictions sent Macbeth into his own world where he could not be stopped on his way to becoming king.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?” (Shakespeare 2.1 44-51). The witches supernatural force is made present again to make Macbeth feel obligated to fulfill the prophecy causesing him to see the phantom dagger, while the dagger influences Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Hence why it is important that the dagger presents itself as the supernatural force at this moment, because if it was not, Macbeth might have not been able to follow through with the assignation of Duncan and his guards. Shakespeare’s strategic placement of the vision of the dagger being the second supernatural force progressively led to Macbeth 's transformation from nobleman to murder and ultimate demise because the dagger represents Macbeth slowly losing control of his conscious to shed blood for his own personal gain.
This gives the audience a clue to what the future holds for Macbeth. "When the battle's lost and won" (1.1.4), is said by the second witch, stating that the battle is lost by one side, and won by another. Macbeth's fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose his soul. After the witches reveal the destiny of Macbeth, the plan to gain the power of the throne is brought up. The only way to gain the power of the throne is for Macbeth to work his way to the throne, or to murder King Duncan.
This aspect of the Trial is what is also known as the Initiation (Campbell 97). In Arthurian mythology Arthur must pull the Excalibur from the stone. This trial proves him worthy to be king because only the true heir to the crown is able to draw the sword. The basis of authority for his rule is thus established. In Hamlet, Prince Hamlet must endure heart wrenching grief, betrayal by those closest to him, and murder in order to prove that he is fit to take action.
"Driven by the familial duty and the wish to fulfill divine laws requiring burial of the dead, Antigone violates Creon 's decree and buries her brother Polynices." (92) It is evident that her actions display characteristics of Arete and Heroism because she does not choose to obey the desires of Creon despite the authority he has over her. Even when her sister Ismene refused to help her in fear she 'd be punished, Antigone stood her grounds and honors the laws of heaven (Divine Law). And in spite of being caught, she is content with herself, knowing she is living to the best of her potential. The characteristics of Arete, defined as one who values their actions for the greater good and that is what Antigone distinguishes through the entire play.