Ambiguous Characters

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  • Morally Ambiguous Characters in The Scarlet Letter

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    In Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the deceptive Roger Chillingworth could most certainly be considered a morally ambiguous character. Throughout the novel, Roger Chillingworth everlastingly remains misleading as to whether he lies on the side of good or evil. Even at the end of The Scarlet Letter, the knowledge of Roger Chillingworth is extremely nebulous. The mysterious Roger Chillingworth, although ultimately emanating to be evil, attests to be a challenge when determining his morality

  • Morally Ambiguous Character In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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    Morally ambiguous characters are quite common in many works of literature. These characters are written with vague, sometimes undefined, moralities which would make it difficult for the audience or reader to categorize the characters as simply good or evil. Characters’ moralities are not always black and white, heroic or villainous. Some characters lie in the gray area between good and evil. The character I chose to focus on was Macbeth from the Shakespearean play Macbeth. There is a widespread belief

  • A Morally Ambiguous Character In Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'

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    In novels it is not uncommon for characters to be identified as morally ambiguous. It can be extremely difficult to identify a character as purely evil or purely good. In the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker presents a morally ambiguous title character, Dracula. Dracula can be seen as evil by the obvious: he is a vampire that bites people to get their blood. But on the other hand, Dracula can also be seen as good. Dracula is not purposely trying to kill people, he is just trying to protect himself. Lots

  • Morally Ambiguous Characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

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    quintessential characters that are all placed into the conventional categories of either good or bad. In these pieces, we are usually able to differentiate the characters and discover their true intentions from reading only a few chapters. However, in some remarkable pieces of work, authors create characters that are so realistic and so complex that we are unable to distinguish them as purely good or evil. In the novel Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky develops the morally ambiguous characters of Raskolnikov

  • The Morally Ambiguity In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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    The Morally Ambiguous “I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a story that starts from letters of a man named Wilson to his dear sister Margaret, who is off in sea and stranded within the Arctic in his “expedition of discovery up his native river.”

  • The Governess In Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw

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    the children really as innocent as they seem? In the novel, Henry James rarely provides an in-depth character that the reader actually gets to know. From the young romantic governess, to the intelligent ten year old, James keeps his characters morally ambiguous in order to further the “Unsolved mystery” style. The main character, the Governess, is the perfect example of a morally ambiguous character. It is impossible to label her as purely good or evil, and much debate of this novel is on the trustworthiness

  • Theme Of Moral Ambiguity In Jane Eyre

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    Self-Respect Every great story includes a morally ambiguous character, often either a Byronic hero whom everyone loves despite his utterly depressing nature and moral flaws (such as Hamlet in Hamlet and Sidney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities) or a strict, principled character who unfortunately earns the readers’ hostility as his moral ambiguity is somewhat deeply offensive to many. The example of the latter is St. John Rivers, a morally ambiguous character in Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, who

  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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    Marlow and the Mariner in Heart of Darkness and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are both morally ambiguous characters with many similarities. Each embarks on a great journey in which their character is tested numerous times. Their trials lead to many profound revelations about humanity, which are explored in ways only possible because of their hazy morality. At the start of their adventures, both Marlow and the Mariner were only sailors looking for adventure and fortune. The motivations for their

  • Elizabeth’s Parenting Breaks Bildungsroman Form

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    the impact of family on a character coming to age in Harlem in the 1930s. The family structure creates the lenses through which John experiences life. Gabriel, John’s stepfather, clearly represents the religious world which he desires to be the only world which his household experiences. Every other world, such as education and the white world, Gabriel prohibits his children from experiencing. Gabriel fulfills his role as the typical bildungsroman father but other characters like Aunt Florence and

  • Postmodernism In The Handmaid's Tale Essay

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    How postmodernism defines ambiguity in The Handmaids Tale Postmodernism in art and literature includes many aspects that define a novel or piece of writing to be “postmodern”. A postmodern novel often leaves the reader ambiguous to some of the most obvious forms of literature, but this ambiguity serves a purpose to the postmodernism in the metafictional story that embeds the theme or the purpose of the novel. One of the greatest examples of postmodern fiction/literature would be The Handmaids Tale