An Ideal Husband Characters: Sir Robert Chiltern is 40 years old and an aspiring, honourable man who works as a deputy minister. Eighteen years ago, when he was young and poor, Baron Arnheim promised him to make him rich if Robert gives confidential information to him. Some weeks later Robert came to know that the English government was planning to buy Suez Canal shares. In a letter, he advised Arnheim to buy immediately- three days before the government announced her plans and the prices rised. The Baron gave 110 000 pounds to Robert and…
How are the key male characters represented in “Sexy beast”? In Jonathan Glazers “Sexy Beast” (2000) there are four key male characters who are all differently represented. First there is ‘Aitch’. He is often initially shot at a low angle. That symbolizes that he has potency and agency. Aitch is trying to entertain his friends with jokes. In general he is the more witty one of the group. His clothing code is suggesting power, but when he tries to shoot the bunny, the gun disintegrates which connotes his lack of phallic power. All his build-up…
The Representations of the Three Main Characters in Faust
Faust can be seen as a figure of all humanity since he embodies the best and the worst in human.
While he has undoubtedly remarkable characteristics, he is craving for absolute power and ultimate pleasure. We can also notice this in Liszt’s representation of Faust in the form of music. It goes through several melodies, each representing feelings like love and passion, depicting Faust's inner turmoil.
Then it follows by a big triumphant theme, showing Faust's pride and heroism.
Faust reveals his desire most clearly through his monologues and through his conversations with Mephistopheles.
Especially in Murnau’s movie, his fierce and hideous facial expression shows a man without satisfaction, continually reaching for more knowledge, more power and more experience. Faust is a scholar who falls into despair because he feels as though he has exhausted the limits of his knowledge. He sits in his study and mourns that though he has studied all of the great knowledge, he feels no wiser from it (Goethe, Faust, lines 354-359).
These lines set up the central motivation of the story. He feels that he will only become complete if he can fuse his life with nature and the universe.
Faust loses his faith as he pours himself entirely into his education and learns more about the world through the eyes of science. He is then brought to the realization of just how little he truly knows about the nature of the world and even begins to question his own divinity. “Am I a god? Light fills my mind” (439). Faust's abandonment of faith and reason ultimately leads him to magic. In this case, magic is the doubt of reality. Faust summons the devil Mephistopheles for one purpose: to provide him with the means to live life only in the moment, a fast-paced series of intense experiences. Faust's lack of faith results in a lack of morality and the most questionable decision he has ever made: selling his soul to the devil. Faust wants to experience all of life for every person crammed into his own single lifetime. After abandoning faith and reason, he is left with no other option than this.
The other character that plays a crucial part in the story is the devil Mephistopheles.
Mephistopheles can be seen as the symbol of doubt as he needs to play off of Faust's doubts in order to manipulate him. The music in the 3rd movement of the Faust symphony indicates that the devil can't create anything, they only destroy. Therefore, Liszt doesn't create any original themes for the devil. He simply takes Faust's themes and disfigures them into wicked parodies to show Mephistophe.....[read full text]
Her relationship with Faust is destined for tragedy as Faust tempts Gretchen away from her moral life. Faust’s love becomes an infatuation spurred by his new target once he has had all that Gretchen gets to offer. The whole Gretchen Tragedy is there to invoke a feeling of temptation. She was a stereotypical of a peasant woman before she met Faust. However, she falls into the temptation after getting jewels from Mephistopheles.
Liszt uses some tender music to illustrate the innocence and gentleness of this little girl. Simple combinations of string instruments create highly beautiful textures. There’s also a rapturous part in this movement showing her confused feeling when falling de.....