Shakespeare draws an amazing psychological portrait of a man who became a villain by means of ambition, desire and an imbalance of good and evil. “Macbeth” is a play composed of the disintegration of a noble man’s world. The play begins by offering the audience Macbeth, a war hero, with a high regard from Duncan, the king of Scotland. By the end of the play Macbeth transforms into a universally despised man without a place in the social community. Shakespeare draws an amazing face of a man made to be a villain by ambition, desire and an imbalance of good and evil. Macbeth, unhappy and unsatisfied with his social position, caused his feelings to snowball into the ambition that led him to the murder of Duncan. “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which O’erleaps itself And falls on th’other” (Act 1 sc. 7 pg 41) By using an aside, Shakespeare allows Macbeth to reveal his ambitions. And uses Macbeth’s ambition to create irony, in that his ambition was what brought him to power, yet it also leads him to his tragic downfall. Ambition is what allowed Macbeth to become more powerful, and helps him to overcome obstacles and come closer to his final goals. It is this ambition that is the direct cause of the tragic incident of Duncan’s death. The encounter with the three witches summons Macbeth’s innermost imaginative desires, eventually pointing him in the direction of Duncan’s murder. “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-oppressed brain?” (Act 2 sc. 1 pg 53) Here Macbeth’s imagination precedes his rational thought, he is stolen in the grip of his fantastical imagination. It is as if the dagger is actually pulling him towards his desires to murder Duncan, rather than being persuaded by an actual inner passion for that motive. Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
World War II was a war that took many lives from civilians that deserved to have a life of their own. They were ordinary people who were victims from a horrible and lengthy war that brought out the worst in some people. In Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz, Levi gives a detailed account of his life in a concentration camp. Primo Levi was a young Italian chemist who was only twenty-four years old when he was captured by the Nazis in 1943. He spent two long and torturous years at Auschwitz before the Russian army freed the remaining prisoners of the camp. He tells about life inside the camp and how tough it was to be held like an animal for so long. He says they were treated as inhumanly as possible while many others in the camp would end up dying from either starvation or being killed. They had to do work that was very strenuous while they had no energy and had to sleep in quarters that resembled packed rat cages. With all of this, Levi describes the complex social system that develops and what it takes to survive. The soc...
Perhaps the most fundamental theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the inherent corruptibility of even a seemingly good man when ambition turns to greed, and Macbeth himself exemplifies this concept throughout the play. While at the outset he is seen to be loyal to his king, generally considered trustworthy, and displaying numerous other laudable qualities, Macbeth ultimately succumbs to the influence of those around him and becomes unequivocally evil, setting aside all his previously held morals and coming to be driven only by his lust for power. This transition is brought about by a wide variety of factors and plays an integral role in the development of the plot. In his tragedy Macbeth, William Shakespeare employs
The older sister, Premila, and the younger sister, Santha, live with their Indian mother who taught and raised them as Indian children, which included the customs and appearance as one. They day they were sent to a British school, they notice the difference between their culture with the British. They changed their names, clothing, food and even placement. When Premila was taking a test for her class the teacher made
In the memoir Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, the author shows how prisoners in Auschwitz are stripped of their humanity through brutal oppression. Due to the insufferable conditions in the camp, many prisoners are unable to remain compassionate and thoughtful towards others. Humanity is lost when one is completely hopeless, but by resisting against oppression, all is not lost. Despite the horrendous conditions, the prisoners who survive find their will to live by remaining hopeful that there is still good in the world.
“Is this a dagger which I see before me,/ The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee./ I have thee not, and yet I see thee still./ Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible/ To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but/ A dagger of the mind, a false creation,” (II.i.32-37). Macbeth imagined the dagger in front of him because he was so guilty about what they had planned to do to Duncan. After the first killing, Macbeth really changed. He went from being really nice and noble to ruthless and inconsiderate.
In her unornamented style, Lahiri portrays the tension between the family tradition and individual freedom. The central characters of the novel are woven to highlight the social and cultural polarities. While Ashima and Ashok Ganguli are conscious and nostalgic about their ‘home’, this feeling, on the other hand, is simultaneously contested in the characters of the siblings, Gogol and Sonia, who try to ‘root’ themselves in America. The travails of Ganguli seniors is explicative of the two most important phases of the immigrant settlement, viz., nostalgia for the homeland, laced with anxiety and dilemma in a strange land; and secondly, tentative and calibrated attempts at embracing foreign culture while keeping one’s native customs and tradition in perspective. Thus, while they have tried to assimilate the Americanism to the nitty-gritty’s of their everyday life.
Furthermore, a brief description of what will be investigated will also be discussed such as the warning signs of compassion fatigue and burnout to name one example. In addition, the areas of social work that are affected by compassion fatigue are a social worker’s health and well-being along with job performance
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most influential stories in the world because it centers on a love that is not only passionate, but also forbidden. Romeo and Juliet’s love is so powerful that it even blossomed from the seed of hate. While hostility and love both cloud people’s judgments in the story, love impacts the characters more to do things that are dangerous and unconventional. The ending of Romeo and Juliet shows that while the two lovers died, their love lasts on forever, because the feud finally ends. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet centralizes around the theme that love is the most powerful force of human nature and is therefore stronger than hate.
Traditions control how one talks and interacts with others in one’s environment. In Bengali society, a strict code of conduct is upheld, with dishonor and isolation as a penalty for straying. Family honor is a central part to Bengali culture, and can determine both the financial and social standing of a family. Usha’s family poses no different, each member wearing the traditional dress of their home country, and Usha’s parents diligently imposing those values on their daughter. Those traditions, the very thing her [Usha] life revolved around, were holding her back from her new life as an American. Her mother in particular held those traditions above her. For example, when Aparna makes Usha wear the traditional attire called “shalwar kameez” to Pranab Kaku and Deborah’s Thanksgiving event. Usha feels isolated from Deborah’s family [Americans] due to this saying, “I was furious with my mother for making a scene before we left the house and forcing me to wear a shalwar kameez. I knew they [Deborah’s siblings] assumed, from my clothing, that I had more in common with the other Bengalis than with them” (Lahiri ...
Their marriage is a failure; the string that had tied their hearts was broken with the death of their child. Sobha and Sukumar begin the game of confessing secrets to one another in the dark. We proceed from harmless personal details to the harmful ones when Sobha says that she has decided on a separation and has already made arrangements for it. The climax is reached when in a spirit of revenge Sukumar describes their dead child to Sobha whom she had never seen, a secret which he had previously decided never to tell her. The story ends with the couple weeping together. The story reflects the alienation and loneliness that the emigrants face in a foreign land. The marriage bond, which is still considered sacrosanct in India, is gradually slithering down under the pressure of new needs under a different background. Nevertheless, one needs another’s touch in an emotional crisis. That is why Sobha and Sukumar, failing to find any foothold of security,
Shakespeare refers to the play as a “fearful passage of [...] death-marked love.” (1.Prologue.9) Both Romeo and Juliet constantly configure confidential plans and do their best to have a sense of security. However Despite their best efforts their love results in death. For instance, after Romeo is banished from the city of Verona Juliet threatens to kill herself while telling the Friar that “God join'd my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands; and ere this hand, by thee to Romeo’s sealed.” (4.1.55-56) Juliet believes that death is the only solution for their love since she can no longer love Romeo as god intended. She does not kill herself now but later does for the same reasons. It is also apparent that Romeo and Juliet’s love is doomed from the very beginning because of their unfortunate circumstances. The Romeo’s family The Montagues and Juliet’s family The Capulets are engrossed in a severe feud. The hatred between the two families makes it nearly impossible for Romeo and Juliet to be together. Their love is always surrounded by the constant and lurking presence of death. And because of the circumstances and fate of Romeo and Juliet, the results of their love is far beyond their control. Their love is bond to end in
Theater 180 addressed the quest question of how do people understand and engage in community life? Through this class I’ve gained a better understanding of what civic engagement is. At the start of this semester I had very minimal knowledge about civic engagement. As far as I knew civic engagement was just volunteering but nothing much beyond that. With this class I have learned that civic engagement is much more than just volunteer work.
Civic engagement is crucial in any community in order to create individual and collective actions that are able to address issues that the public is concerned about. Involvement in communities is the only way to ensure that the voice of the people is being heard. People in their community must be involved in order to have an opinion in certain issues because if they are not attempting to try and resolve the issues then why complain? This is a common problem being faced to this day as people take no action in being involved in their communities when their help alone could make a huge difference.
In the dark mood of bitterness against the plight of Indian women and Canada’s racial discrimination, expatriate Bharati mukherjee composed Wife. This novel exhibits the darker side of the split personality of the central character. She fantasizes about marriage; her perception of marriage originating from Indian films and magazines. She marries after many dreams but develops a passive resistance towards her married life. When her husband immigrates to America in search of prosperity, she fails to absorb into the American culture When it comes to immigrate to America, she does not want to carry her past with her. She forcefully induces miscarriage by skipping rope. Unable to adopt the American culture, she is a marginalized figure, in terms of her Indian as well as American context. She assassinates her husband and finally commits