Descent Into Madness Essays

  • King Lear Essay Lear?s descent into madness and his subsequent recognition of his faults

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    In the play King Lear, Madness occupies a central place and is associated with both disorder and insanity. Madness intertwines itself within the thoughts of suicide of many characters that undergo hardships. It is deep within all the characters and is shown in many ways. In Lear’s mind, madness reflects the chaos that has descended upon his kingdom. He is affected by the wheel of fortune as he is stripped of his royalty, to become nothing more than a mad commoner. Lear then learns humility as he

  • Comparing Hawthorne's and Melville's Works

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    Similarities in Hawthorne's and Melville's Works Insanity can be a dark descent into the strange, nightmarish unknown realms of the mind unable to return to the known world of reason.  This is a major theme in literature, and is particularly evident in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.  The nightmarish undertones are one of the main similarities in Hawthorne's and Melville's works.  Another similarity is writing style.  Both men write very descriptively, and their writing is

  • Tragic Figures in King Lear by William Shakespeare

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    shall examine Shakespeare's stand on human nature in King Lear by looking at specific characters in the play, Cordelia who is wholly good, Edmund who is wholly evil, and Lear whose nature is transformed by the realization of his folly and his descent into madness. The play begins with Lear, an old king ready for retirement, preparing to divide his kingdom among his three daughters.  Lear has his daughters compete for their inheritance by trying to convince him of the degree of their love for

  • Elements of Darkness in Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness

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    discover the truth. Conrad portrays the idea of the darkness of the human heart through things such as the interior of the jungle and it's immensity, the Inner Station, and Kurtz's own twisted deeds. Coppola's heart of darkness is represented by the madness of the Vietnam War and how even to look for a purpose in it all; is itself quite mad. It was no accident that a documentary was made on Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film, "Apocalypse Now" entitled "Hearts of Darkness- A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" since

  • Psychoanalytic Criticism

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    creativity , author psychology , and psycho-biography . Creativity and neurosis Many of us may be familiar with the notion that creativity is intertwined with repression and pain. We may look at the paintings of Van Gogh as a recording of his descent into madness. Both the literary critic Lionel Trilling and Freud have written on the connection between the unconscious and artistic production. In The Liberal Imagination, Trilling writes of the "mechanisms by which art makes its effects" (53). Trilling

  • The Yellow Wallpaper

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    Additionally, the bed is immoveable " I lie here on this great immovable bed- it is nailed down, I believe-and follow that pattern about by the hour" (678). It is here in this position of physical confinement that the narrator secretly describes her descent into madness. Although the physical confinement drains the narrators strength and will, the mental and emotional confinement symbolized in the story play an important role in her ultimate fall into dementia. By being forced to be her own company she is

  • Suppression of Women in The Yellow Wallpaper

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    Suppression of Women in The Yellow Wallpaper "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, tells the story of a woman's descent into madness as a result of the "rest and ignore the problem cure" that is frequently prescribed to cure hysteria and nervous conditions in women.  More importantly, the story is about control and attacks the role of women in society.  The narrator of the story is symbolic for all women in the late 1800s, a prisoner of a confining society.  Women are expected

  • Women and Fiction in The Yellow Wallpaper

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    her writing that keeps her sane, the wallpaper that makes her insane, and from these two very symbolic poles the short story rotates.  Gilman's short story is not simply about a lonely woman's descent into madness, but is symbolic of previous and contemporary women writer's attempt to overcome the "madness" and bias of the established, male dominated literary society that surrounds them. From the very beginning of the narrator's vacation, the surroundings seem not right.  There is "something

  • Comparing the Treatment of Madness in The Bell Jar and The Yellow Wallpaper

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    Treatment of Madness in The Bell Jar and The Yellow Wallpaper Mental illness and madness is a theme often explored in literature and the range of texts exploring these is tremendously varied. Various factors can threaten a character's sanity, ranging from traumatic events which trigger a decline to pressure from more vast, impersonal sources. Generally speaking, writers have tried to show that most threats to sanity comprise a combination of long-term and short-term factors - the burning of

  • macbeths descent into evil

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    faces decisions that affect his morals. He begins as an innocent soul, dedicated to serve his kingdom and its king, Duncan. As time passes and opportunities present themselves combined with the deception of the evil witches, Macbeth begins his descent into madness. Macbeth’s innocence and loyalty are completely corrupted due to his over confidence, guilty conscience, and the inevitability of human nature. Macbeth looses sight of what is morally right to do in life because his logical choices are changed

  • Rewriting The Yellow Wallpaper

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    story "The Yellow Wallpaper" in 1892. She wrote the story, she said, "to save people from being driven crazy" (Golden 52). The heroine of "The Yellow Wallpaper" finds her only escape from the oppression of a condescending spouse is a headlong descent into madness. Stanton and Gilman met at least once, about 1896 according to Gilman's autobiography. "Of the many people I met during these years I was particularly impressed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. To have been with her . . . seemed to establish connection

  • Self-Hate in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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    At a time when blue-eyed, pale skin Shirley Temple is idolized by white and black alike, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove desperately seeks out beauty for herself. In order to attain beauty in her culture, Pecola must do the impossible: find white beauty. Toni Morrison shows the disastrous effects that colorism and racism can have on a whole culture and how African- Americans will tear each other apart in order to fit into the graces of white society. The desire to be considered beautiful in

  • Descent Into Madness: the Yellow Wallpaper

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    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author of the The Yellow Wallpaper, describes the descent into madness of a young woman at the end of the 19th century. There are two main causes for this spiral through the looking glass. The first is sociocultural in nature, revolving around the woman's traditional role in society. The second reason is more personal to the protagonist as she is purposefully kept from functions and activities that were her sole enrichments in the name of health and love. During

  • Macbeth Descent into Madness in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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    Macbeth’s Descent Into Madness In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the character Macbeth descends into madness. Macbeth’s descent into madness first started with the witch’s prediction. If he had never met the witches none of this trouble would have occurred. Macbeth is seen as a “valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” (I, ii, 24). He is a brave warrior who is well respected in his community, until the witches prophesied to him that he would one day be king (I, iii, 50). Macbeth interprets that he

  • Macbeth: A Protagonist's Descent into Madness

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    “Fair is foul and foul is fair” is a quote from Macbeth that perfectly describes the protagonist, Macbeth. Usually, the protagonist of a novel or play is a good person, but this is not the case in Macbeth. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s disposition changes many times. Through different circumstances and events, Macbeth becomes a brave and loyal soldier fighting for his country, an indecisive man trying to decide a major decision, a guilty ruler trying to relieve himself of his guilt, a fearful man

  • Lear's Descent Into Madness and Subsequent Redemption

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    Despite Lear’s descent into madness, he displays many signs of his own redemption in Act 1. Most of the evidence is contained in what Lear says and does, but there are subtle moments of revelation by other characters towards Lear’s mental state. Lear’s complex mind begins to unravel due to his age and the treatment he experiences from his daughters, but his character and the undeserved goodness he receives from other characters are what point him towards his own redemption. The underlying irony of

  • Ophelia's Descent to Madness in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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    later, and then went mad, which caused her to never gain her own identity. To stay in control, the men in Hamlet taught Ophelia to fear her every day, natural thoughts causing her not to think for herself. Gabrielle Dane's article, "Reading Ophelia's Madness," discusses Polonius and Laertes retarding Ophelia's identity. Dane writes, "Both brother and father smother Ophelia in an incestuous strangle-hold, each the self-appointed tutor of her moral, intellectual, even psychological development" (407). Ophelia's

  • A Descent Into Madness: Gilman's 'The Yellow Paper'

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    "The Yellow Wallpaper", A Descent Into Madness In the nineteenth century, women in literature were often portrayed as submissive to men. Literature of the period often characterized women as oppressed by society, as well as by the male influences in their lives. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman presents the tragic story of a woman's descent into depression and madness because of this oppression. The narrator's declining mental health is reflected through the characteristics of the

  • Analysis Of Emily Grierson's Descent Into Madness In A Rose For Emily

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    Descent into Madness In the short story “A Rose for Emily” by acclaimed author William Faulkner, the reader witnesses Emily Grierson’s descent into insanity. The story takes place in the post-civil war south. At this time, the slaves had been freed, and the south was very resistant to this change. Perhaps this is an allegory for Miss Grierson’s character, as her refusal to change and accept death is a great theme in the story. “A Rose for Emily” greatly exhibits qualities of Southern Gothic literature

  • Shakespeare's King Lear’s Descent into Madness: A Psychoanalytical Approach

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    King Lear is no different. The play highlights the life of a king, his journey into madness, and the events that take place around him that leads up to his death. Several approaches have been taken to analyze and deconstruct the carefully embedded details unfolding King Lear’s demise. Similarly, the focus of this research paper is to take a psychoanalytical approach to analyze King Lear’s decline into madness driven by his daughter’s rejection to be his caretakers. In doing so, I intend to discuss