However, it isn’t until she commits suicide after her doubts are confirmed that her suffering finally adds deeper layers to the tragedy. During her fight with Oedipus, Jocasta says, “Stop- in the name of god, if you love your own life, call off this search! My suffering is enough” (222). This statement verifies that Jocasta already knew the truth about who Oedipus really was. She just wanted Oedipus to call off his search for the truth so that her suspicions couldn’t be confirmed and she could live in an eternal state of denial.
Hamlet considers suicide on more than one occasion while as Ophelia actually commits the action of suicide. In his heart-wrenching tragedy, Hamlet, William Shakespeare illustrates suicide as an insufficient compromise for distraught hearts through the characters of Ophelia and Hamlet. Typically, suicide is represented as a way out for those who cannot bear their own lives. Shakespeare shows this trait through Ophelia because she does nothing to try and save herself (Smith). When the death of Polonius occurs, Ophelia uses it as the final strike – she can no longer bear anything else.
It is this realization, as well as the oppression she feels from her marriage and the suppression she feels from her children that lead Edna to commit suicide, for she realizes that is the only way she will truly be able to escape her troublesome life. Edna Ponteillier’s suicide at the end of The Awakening is a result of her failed attempt at a new life. Edna’s suicide was her last resort, and was simply a way to escape from the troubles that resulted from the unhappiness she felt with her life. Edna’s suicide was not representative of the final stage of her “awakening”, but was merely an escape from the oppression she felt from her husband, the suppression she felt from her children, and from her failed relationship with Robert.
Thus, she chooses to use Clarissa Dalloway to represent the life she aspires to have, and chooses that Septimus instead be the misunderstood genius who sacrifices his life. Ironically, both characters represent her inner conflict, and unable to resolve that conflict, she does indeed commit suicide to relieve both herself and her husband. Laura, Clarissa, and Richard each struggle in some way to cope with their mundane existences. Death, both in a literal and metaphorical sense, becomes their method for liberating themselves from such a life. They hope that this death will either bring new life to them or to the people they love most dearly.
Her suicide gives her the power, the dignity, the self-possession of a tragic heroine. Her suicide is the crowning glory of her development from the bewilderment which accompanied her early emancipation to the clarity with which she understands her own nature and the possibilities of her life as she decides to end it." In Edna's view, she commits suicide because she feels like a possession of her husband, of her children, and of her society. Although suicide is usually seen as a form of defeat, sees her case as a dignified act. Edna chooses her suicide as a way to escape to a better
Her suicide gives her the power, the dignity, the self-possession of a tragic heroine. Her suicide is the crowning glory of her development from the bewilderment which accompanied her early emancipation to the clarity with which she understands her own nature and the possibilities of her life as she decides to end it." (Wolkenfeld 242) In Edna's view, she commits suicide because she feels like a possession of her husband, of her children, and of her society. Although suicide is usually seen as a form of defeat, sees her case as a dignified act. Edna chooses her suicide as a way to escape to a better place.
She does not accept her full punishment of being forced to live in the tomb, but takes the easy way out and kills herself. This is almost an acceptance of defeat to Creon showing she was not willing to go forth with her punishment. Antigone's decision to carry through with the burial of her brother Polynices brought forth no seeable good. Only more catastrophe and chaos struck a family to which they are no strangers. If Antigone had put the good of her countrymen before her deceased brother, the situation could have turned out to benefit all of Thebes.
In contrast Macbeth didn’t care that his wife had died. This is where we see Lady Macbeth was more of a victim then criminal. She reached out for help, and regretted her decision. However she doesn’t receive a second chance as she took her own life because of the guilt of all the actions she
In fact, Macbeth, as the person closest to her, is aware her weakness “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck” (III. II. 45). Moreover... ... middle of paper ... ...l never experience, at least not without taking drastic measures. Lady Macbeth committed suicide in order for her soul to be discharged from the torturous feelings of fear and guilt and finally manage to sleep, indefinitely.
In The Rape of Lucrece, although Lucrece's mind remains chaste, her unchaste body must die as a testament to the purity of her mind. In A Woman Killed with Kindness, the adulteress is unchaste in both body and mind. After her husband spares her life, Anne is able to restore the chastity of her mind through repentance. However, she still must die to publicly restore her husband's honor. The commodification of Lucrece's cha... ... middle of paper ... ...w that, regardless of the degree of a woman's innocence or complicity, once her physical chastity has been lost, she must kill herself in order to restore her honor and her husband's reputation.