What had happened last night ...
These silly games we play. We live as if we are still in middle-school.
Nora Helmer lives in the time period where women had no rights in the world. For a while, that concept that women are powerless is seen in the beginning of Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll House”, until Nora stamps her mark as a “human being just like Torvald” (Ibsen, 840) with the same rights as anybody else. The play opens up with Nora being stuck between her husband’s favors and a blackmailing conspiracy. In the beginning of the play, Ibsen portrays Nora as this submissive, gold-digging wife who is always after Torvald Helmer’s, her husband, money. As the action moves more towards the climax of the play, antagonist Nils Krogstad visits Nora about her payment issues. At the end, during the resolution of the play when the truth comes out, Nora finally gets her courage to stand up and speak her mind against Torvald. A desperate Nora searches for a way out to try and justify her previous criminal actions against her late father; therefore, putting her family name in jeopardy.
Julius Caesar and Pompey shared a special love/hate relationship within their personal and political life. To Caesar, Pompey represented a father figure to him; yet Caesar saw within himself to one day surpass and conquer Pompey for the throne of Rome. Caesar tolerated Pompey solely for the purpose of gaining his knowledge and wisdom---to later overthrow Pompey’s power in a civil war. Caesar and Pompey struggled for power which ultimately ended in luck on Caesar’s behalf. In 48 B.C., again erupts another civil war (which lasts until the year 45 B.C.) where Caesar utterly defeats everyone and assumes position as emperor of the Roman Empire. As emperor, Caesar adopts Octavian, to further advance his political and popularity status, which surprisingly backfired on Caesar’s original plans he had for Octavian. “Having outcompeted his rivals one by one, Octavian was now by far the most powerful man in the Roman empire … he was basically a military dictator with almost unlimited power (Sommer, 34).” Octavian, as he got older, proved to be far more advanced in his comprehension and skills than Caesar had anticipated, which played to Caesar’s advantage as Octavian willingly shared his insight with Caesar in planning war strategies for Caesar’s army. After Caesar’s death, he left everything he owned to his successor Octavian in his will. With his newfound power and wealth, Octavian decided to donate it all to the poor (in honor of Caesar’s wish). In doing so, Octavian gains prestige with the people of Rome---getting help and support from them to refinance and rebuild his power again. After the Senate went into hiding from killing Julius Caesar, Octavian then takes it upon himself to avenge Caesar’s death by hunting down and killing off each of the members of the Roman Senate. While Caesar was still alive though, he accentuated his supremacy by pleading to the Senate for a force unanimous decision of making him dictator of Rome.
Many everyday people use the famous saying: “There’s a time and place for everything…” to justify certain life morals and standards; but, what happens to that person who has no restraints on what they do? How will that affect their life or the people around them? In the two short stories A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, both authors’ themes have relatable points about their main characters. Even though the stories share similar themes, their point-of-view narrations points out the differences between Miss Emily and the Grandmother. Also, another difference between the two stories is their overall plot. The stories A Rose for Emily and A Good Man Is Hard to Find are alike with their themes, yet have their contrasts from examining the point-of-view narrations, and plots.