Character Transformation Essays

  • Oedipus the King - The Character Transformations of Oedipus

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    Oedipus the King - The Character Transformations of Oedipus Through the character of Oedipus, Sophocles shows the consequences of defying the divine order. Oedipus served Thebes as a great ruler, loved by his subjects; but, like most in the human race, he slipped through the cracks of perfection. Oedipus had many faults, but it was primarily the tragic flaw of hubris, arrogance from excessive pride, which doomed his existence, regardless of the character attributes that made him such a

  • Character Transformation in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe

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    Character Transformation in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe "Nothing can describe the confusion of thought which I felt when I sunk into the water; for though I swam very well, yet I could not deliver myself from the waves so as to draw breath, till that wave having driven me, or rather carried me, a vast way on towards the shore and, having spent itself, went back, and left me upon the land almost dry, but half dead with the water I took in" (48). These are the words of a man for whom Mother

  • Character Transformations In Dh Lawrences "the Blind Man" And "the Ho

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    In DH Lawrence’s stories “The Blind Man” and “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter,” the reader watches as characters move from having something missing in their lives, to being truly whole. Lawrence uses images of darkness to illustrate the emotions of his characters. In “The Blind Man,” Isabel goes to look for Maurice and when she steps into the stable where he is, “The darkness seemed to be in a strange swirl of violent life” (Lawrence, 132). The darkness that swirled around Isabel is the darkness in

  • Comparison of the Transformation of Characters in Gullivers Travels and Robinson Crusoe

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    The Transformation of Characters in Gullivers Travels and Robinson Crusoe The characters in Gullivers Travels and Robinson Crusoe are portrayed as resembling trained soldiers, being capable of clear thought during tense and troubled times. This quality possessed within Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver is a result of the author's background and knowledge. Daniel Defoe was knowledgeable and proficient in seamanship, he understood the workings of a ship and the skills required for its operation. Daniel

  • Influence of Other Characters on the Transformation of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice

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    Influence of Other Characters on the Transformation of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice In "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, readers witness the profound transformation of the protagonist. Although the drastic changes are largely due to the character's self-propelled growth, the influences of other characters play a key role in igniting the permanent metamorphoses. This essay analyzes the two most influential characters in "Pride and Prejudice" and Elizabeth's self-realization.  We are

  • Character of Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities

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    Character of Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities "A Tale of Two Cities," set in two European cities torn by war, Charles Dickens paradoxically introduces his story, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing

  • The Tempest And Julio Cortazar's 'The Night Face Up'

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    initially. In contrast Cortazar through his nameless protagonist conveys that the discovery of tragedy and danger can transform the individual into one who escapes reality to the extreme. Through both Prospero and the nameless protagonists, different transformations are illustrated

  • The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

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    The Last Question by Isaac Asimov Life as we know it comes and goes. Many, many years have past and the world that we are now living in has undergone several transformations. The story of "The Last Question" is about the future of civilization. It explored the technological advancements that will probably occur many years from now. But even if man had developed ways to make things "happen", a question was never answered until man and all other forms disappeared except the AC (automatic computer)

  • Transformation of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    Scarlet Letter:  The Transformation of Rev. Dimmesdale "Life is hard, but accepting that fact makes it easier." This common phrase clearly states a harsh fact that Rev. Dimmesdale, a character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, had to face. In this story of deception and adultery set in the Puritan era, Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly man who refuses to take responsibility for his actions.  The Rev. Dimmesdale is a transitional character in that he is, at the

  • Transformational Leadership in the Church

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    Transformation. Transformation is defined as “Moving a shape so that it is in a different position, but still has the same size, area, angles and line lengths.” (mathisfun) In the Meriiam-Webster dictionary it is defined as “to change something completely and usually in a good way.” Transformation happens everyday, through the transforming of attitude, villages, Countries, and lives. One of the biggest transformations is the Transformation of character. Character changes can affect everything around

  • Cultural Stereotypes And Transformation In The Monkey King

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    Transformation is necessary to adapt to any situation. The main characters in American Born Chinese transform their identities in order to deal with and fit into the society they live in. Jin Wang desperately wants to transform from Chinese background to an American. The Monkey King wishes to transform from “just a monkey” to a God. Danny transforms in order to deal with cultural criticism. These characters use these transformations in order to deal with the life they live in and understand who they

  • The Transformation of Henry Fleming in The Red Badge of Courage

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    The Transformation of Henry Fleming in The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane's purpose in writing The Red Badge of Courage was to dictate the pressures faced by the prototypical American soldier in the Civil War.  His intent was accomplished by making known the horrors and atrocities seen by Unionist Henry Fleming during the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the conflicts within himself. Among the death and repulsion of war, there exists a single refuge for the warrior--his brethren

  • Essay on Setting in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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    the inhuman transformations of the natural world. That need is in many ways the subject of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." As its opening words suggest--"Whose woods these are I think I know"--it is a poem concerned with ownership and also with someone who cannot be or does not choose to be very emphatic even about owning himself. He does not want or expect to be seen. And his reason, aside from being on someone else's property, is that it would apparently be out of character for him to be

  • Julius Caesar Essay: Gender Transformation of Caesar

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    Julius Caesar: Gender Transformation of Caesar Shakespeare's Julius Caesar opens with the concurrent celebrations of Caesar's defeat of Pompey and the annual fertility festival of Lupercal. The coupling of the two historically separate events each celebrating distinct gender roles dramatically highlights the importance of gender characterization. Rome's patriarchal society demands a leader who embodies the virile spirit of the state with leadership marked by strength, courage, and constancy

  • Transformation in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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    the relationships between whites and blacks are a main theme. Throughout the whole novel Morrison adds her own opinions toward the race problems that the characters of Not Doctor Street experience. Poverty is another big issue in the novel and many of the main characters struggle financially. Money becomes a means of escape for many of the characters, especially Milkman and Guitar. For both men their quests for gold leaves them empty handed, but their personalities changed. Milkman’s quest was to be

  • The Effects Of Cyberspace: Reflections And Transformations

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    spirit of self-reflection and those who are aware of their online personalities use the internet for personal and social transformations. Alex Pham's "Boy, You Fight Like a Girl" confirms Turkle's theory that cyberspace is used by many people as a means of self reflection as well as for personal and social transformations. Pham's essay provides specific examples of these transformations and reflections. It is clear in her essay certain people discover things online and reflect back on themselves while

  • The Transformation of Hal in Shakespeare's Henry IV

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    The Transformation of Hal in Henry IV In Shakespeare's Henry IV, the character Hal, the Prince of Wales, undergoes a transformation that can be characterized as a redemption. Shakespeare introduces Hal, in the opening act as a renegade of the Court.  His avoidance of all public responsibility and his affinity for the company of  the Boar's Head Tavern, have caused serious concern for the King, because Hal is heir to the throne.  The King realizes that to keep order, a ruler

  • Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms

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    Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms Over the course of time, many things tend to transform significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles' writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus Rex. King Lear exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis, whereas Desire Under The Elms epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that

  • Ovid's Metamorphoses

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    central theme of the book is transformation “from the earliest beginnings of the world, down to my own times.” Ovid sweeps down from the creation to the Augustan era. Metamorphoses or Transformations refers to the change of shape and form of the characters of the poem. The theme is presented in the opening lines of the poem, where the poet invokes the gods who are responsible for the changes to look favorably on his efforts to compose. The main agent of transformation is love, represented by Venus

  • Transformation of Humphrey Van Weyden in Jack London’s The Sea Wolf

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    Transformation of Humphrey Van Weyden in Jack London’s The Sea Wolf Jack London’s The Sea Wolf is in some ways a philosophical text and a product of its time. The strain it puts on the reader between a social Darwinist and utilitarian perspective against that of a more idealistic one is great. Many times the character of Wolf Larsen is a more consistent articulator of the Darwinian position and seems to always be getting the upper hand argumentatively. However, it is due to a phenomenological