For instance, in King Lear, Edgar states, “wine loved I deeply, dice dearly: and in woman out-paramoured the Turk: false of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in sloth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey” (3.4.65-66). In the quotation, he compares himself and his family members to the above animals which can potentially represent his altering emotions throughout the play. The “Sloth” is one of the seven deadly sins and signifies laziness representing Edgar’s nature in the beginning of the play when he is unable to identify his brother’s untrue loyalty, the fox illustrates his clever understanding of the situation and his brother’s true personality, the wolf is a reference to Edmund who is greedy for his father’s land and wealth, and the mad dog can depict his father Gloucester who is suffering from Edmund’s disloyalty. The “lion in prey” suggests that everything is going tragically wrong as lions attack the prey, they are not themselves the prey. All in all, this exhibits how Edmund wrongs the family and his disloyalty ends his relationship with his brother and his father. This furthermore forces Edgar to take the form of poor Tom, depicting his tragic life resulting from his brother’s disloyalty. Whereas Shakespeare uses the verbal description of animals to illustrate the breaking of a relationship, Steinbeck uses actual animals to elucidate
Mankind is placed at the top of the animal kingdom because of man’s ability to think and reason. Despite this ability, mankind seems incapable of moving past negative emotions and the greatest atrocities: hate, anger, abuse, and murder. For these reasons, some humans question the true nature of mankind. Some argue that humanity is no better than any other vile species and conclude that mankind is only a “beast.” However, as Albert Camus demonstrates in his novel The Stranger, the situation is more complex. Camus utilizes his character Salamano and his dog to demonstrate that humans have to parts. Salamano represents the ideal of a human and his dog represents that bad -- the part that humanity hates about itself. The novel’s protagonist, Meursault
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Human beings are considered to be the greatest creations that were given knowledge, skills and power to rule over the entire planet. However, at the same time, their relationship with other animals and its implications in human civilization cannot be denied. Historically, it is proven that for thousands of years, human beings have developed close contact with animals who were their means of living and at the same time often, great companions. Considering the great significance of animals in the lives of human beings, often their relationships were portrayed in literature by authors. It was meant to help the global community to have a clear understanding of the impact that animals have in the lives of human beings which is very much significant.
“Animals kept me going,” Temple Grandin once said. This quote means that people have a strong need for animals in their life for the things animals provide. But people can take animals for granted on their help. Animals can offer a lot of help on many different occasions. People can largely benefit from interacting and observing animals.
Therefore, weak and strong animals display a great impact on how people describe others and their situations.
The human is the most complex living being on the face of this earth, yet human roots are sometimes forgotten. Through Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, it is clear that animals are the brothers and sisters of the human race. In turn, human habits resemble those of all the living beings which creates unity between all walks of life, determining the same fate for all. A similar concept relates the three works: Living Like Weasels, Shooting an Elephant, and The Death of a Moth by Annie Dillard, George Orwell, and Virginia Woolf respectively. The authors explore the nature of such creatures in order to achieve a better understanding of their motives, all the while gaining insight on the cycle of life.
Humans are a unique species because they have possess the ability to reason. Other animal species only have instinct, thus making them less smart. In Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, it tells of a hunter named Rainsford who got stranded on Ship-Trap Island. Zaroff hunted Rainsford on the island, but in the end Rainsford killed Zaroff . In “The Most Dangerous Game”, the author uses imagery, setting, and characterization to suggest that instinct is better than reasoning.
In an article based on an interview published in Time Magazine, “A Change of Heart About Animals”. Jeremy Rifkin expresses his views about the similarity behavior and emotional state between us humans and animals, with the purpose to change the way of how we see and feel about them. “We’re so skewed toward efficiency that we’ve lost our sense of humanity. What we need to do is to bring back a sense of the sacred”, Rifkin, argues. He supports his arguments with the findings of many researchers around the globe. Researchers that come from very prestigious institutions using different species of animals, we’re talking about crows, elephants, geese, etc. Not your ordinary lab rats and monkeys (which they don’t have anything
Millions of years ago, humans evolved from primitive animals and transformed into complex, intellectually gifted homo sapiens. Humans today are a lot different than the creatures we originated from, however, homo sapiens still bear animalistic qualities of our earliest ancestors. These animal attributes are commonly expressed in literature. One famous literary example of animal stereotypes is the symbolic brilliance of Aesop’s Fables. The ancient Grecian story teller used animals with human properties to teach lessons about human character and behavior. Similarly, author Walter Mosley uses animals to describe the physical, mental, and emotional qualities of his characters. In the novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley uses animal symbolism to portray characters Easy Rawlins, Mouse, and Daphne Monet.
“It’s starting to look as if the most shameful tradition of Western civilization is our need to deny we are animals” (Barbara Kingsolver 10). In “High Tide In Tucson”, the author Kingsolver proposes a counter-narrative that human should recognize themselves as animals. In “
Powerful Weapon All languages take advantage of using metaphors. Metaphors are used widely in all type of literature. They are very common in our daily life, too. Metaphors is a type of figurative language which expresses an idea by using words in imaginative manner and referring to something else in a non-literal way. They help us to express thoughts and ideas more clearly by adding colors and emotions to the sentences.
A story of creation, ruthless murdering, and revenge originate a literary work that seems as though it should be analyzed independently (Brackett 1). While one might relate the monster’s instincts directly to evil, the acts and concept of the monster should be analyzed separately. Nevertheless, the id principles displayed through the monster characterize the instinctive force that separates the monster from humaneness.
“The difference between the brain of the human and the higher animal obviously lies in the degree, not the difference on the essence” (Charles Darwin). The purpose of the quote is to express the feeling that the animal and human is similar, they have the human-like qualities. In Life of Pi written by Yann Martel, Pi uses animal imagery to show that animals that can be mad, suffer, and sad which are all human qualities.
One of the most controversial topics in modern philosophy revolves around the idea of non-human animals being considered human people. Controversy over what makes up an actual person has been long debated. However, society deems it as a set of characteristics. The average person normally does not realize how complicated a question this is, and in fact many scientists, philosophers, and individuals will side differently on this specific topic. I personally do not believe that animals are capable of being human people, but throughout this argumentative paper I will address critical views presented from multiple philosophers on why this seems to be the case.