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In Nella Larsen"s novel, Passing, Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry can be considered as the protagonists. The novel concentrates on the issue of skin color and passing. Passing is when African-American"s with light skin pass as white in order to enjoy the privileges that white people enjoyed. Irene Redfield is a middle-class, light-skin African-American woman who regrets passing but occasionally passes as white. She is married to Brian a doctor who is too dark to pass. Irene"s life is going along as usual when she runs into a childhood friend, Clare Kendry. Clare Kendry is also a light-skin African-American woman...
to renew their friendship. Deep inside Irene is fascinated by Clare"s ability to pass, and Clare is her connection to the white world as she is Clare"s connection to the black world. Clare also brings doubt about her pride of being black to Irene. Irene"s indifference towards Clare in the beginning turns into appreciation almost obsession towards Clare. Irene learns to understand Clare and builds a friendship with her that she is unable to reveal Clare"s indetity to John. When Clare gets so involved in their lives Irene wishes that she could somehow leave and Clare passes away.

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The Shakespearian tragedy, Macbeth has been...The Shakespearian tragedy, Macbeth has been said to be one of Shakespeare's most profound and mature visions of evil. In Macbeth we find not gloom but blackness, a man who finds himself encased in evil. Macbeth believes that his predicaments and the evils that he commits are worth everything he will have to endure. In spite of this towards the end of the play he realizes that everything he went through, was not worth the crown, or the high price he had to pay of losing his wife, and finding himself alone. Macbeth is shown as a kind and righteous man in the beginning of the play. He is the Thane of Glamis, and a brave warrior among men and is highly regarded by the king of Scotland. All these traits make Macbeth great. Conversely, several factors transform this one great man into a great tyrant and a malevolent murderer. Macbeth grows great throughout the play yet in reality becomes less and less as a man. Macbeth proves that wearing a crown and having the power does not fulfill all of one's dreams and fantasies. Being the king does not necessarily make the man. In the first act we meet the witches and the mood of Macbeth is set-dark, gloomy, evil, supernatural- a perfect atmosphere to accompany the tragic hero. When Macbeth first meets the witches he is at the height of his moral ascendancy. He is Thane of Glamis and he just slaughtered a traitor from the Netherlands in the name of Scotland. However, Macbeth's curiosity begins to stir when these three witches tell him of his fate. "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!" Act 1, Sc.3 48-50 Macbeth is already the Thane of Glamis and the audience knows that King Duncan named him Thane of Cawdor. However, the last two prophecies could not make sense to Macbeth, and what they reveal to Banquo is even more puzzling. "Thou shall get kings, though thou, be none." Act 1, Sc.3 67 A curious Macbeth yearns to know more when the witches suddenly vanish. A moment later, the prophecies prove to be true. "And, for earnest of a greater honour, He bade me, From him, call thee Thane of Cawdor: In which addition, Hail! Most worthy Thane, for it is thine!" Act 1, Sc.3 104-107 Macbeth wants to test the truth by asking Banquo if he also believes that the rest of the prophecies could be true. Banquo is suspicious of the witches' motivation to deliver the news, and therefore he dismisses it. "But, 't is strange: And oftentimes, to win us our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence." Act 1, Sc. 3 120-125 Banquo's warning is lost on Macbeth and Macbeth becomes so caught up in the contemplation of his own future, he loses consciousness of what is right and what his wrong. His beliefs, and his morals seem to be in all the wrong places. Macbeth's thoughts turn to how the witches' prophecies can be made good; he wants to give fate a little push. Only murder, he realizes will help him gain the crown and sit on the throne. To kill Duncan would have to be the only way and at first this thought seems horrible to him. "Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, And make my seated heart knock at my ribs Against the use of nature? Present fears are less Than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder is yet but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man." Act 1, Sc.3 135-142 However, after this contemplation about murdering Duncan, Macbeth decides that maybe fate itself will bring the crown to him. "If chance will have me king, why Chance may crown me without my stir." Act 1, Sc. 3 144-146 Just as Shakespeare would have it, to make for a good play, Macbeth's hopes are dashed when Duncan names his son, Malcolm, Prince of Cumberland "“ a title, which carries with it the succession. At this point Macbeth is infuriated. Duncan's only intension of repaying Macbeth was by going to stay at his castle overnight. "From hence to Inverness, And bind us further to you." Act 1, Sc. 4 42-43 At this stage in the play, Macbeth seems to have a pretty decent life ahead of him; Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and the king is coming over to his castle to eat, drink, be merry and spend the night. Which would be a great honor to any man. Nevertheless, Macbeth craves more. This is a turning point in the play where Macbeth begins to grow great but becomes less as a man. "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires; The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see." Act 1, Sc. 5 48-53 Here, Macbeth finally decides that murder is the only way to attain his goal and satisfy his ambition. Lady Macbeth has already received the news concerning the prophecies of the witches in a letter from her husband. Lady Macbeth doubts that her husband will be able to follow through with any sort of evil crime to gain his crown. However, she knows he would accept the crown if it was given to him unfairly. In this scene this soliloquy reveals a lot about Macbeth's character we never really knew before. "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou are promised. Yet I do fear thy nature: It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without the illness that should Attend it; what thou wouldst highly, that wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play False, and yet wouldst wrongly win"¦" Act 1 Sc.5 15-22 Here we see that Macbeth is not the trust worthy and noble man we are lead to believe in the beginning of the play. In this soliloquy, we see that Macbeth can be devious and thinks defiantly but he is too emotionally weak to actually play foully for his own purposes. When Macbeth returns to his wife he tells her that Duncan will arrive later that day and will spend the night. The both know what must happen to Duncan in order for Macbeth to be crowned. The union between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is set and they both devise a plan to make it seem like Duncan's guards killed him. As it will go, Macbeth will henceforth be crowned King, and all will work out to their advantage and no one will be the wiser. "When Duncan is asleep whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey soundly invite him, his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince, that memory the warder of the brain, shall be a fume, and the receipt of Limbeck only:" Act 1 Sc.7 60-65 In the beginning of act 2 Macbeth takes his first fall towards degradation of himself and his morals. He succumbs to his evil thoughts and kills Duncan. "I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan; for it is a knell Which summons thee to Heaven or to Hell." Act. 2, Sc. 2 62-64 Here the climax of Macbeth's good fortune is reached. The witches' prophecies concerning him have been fulfilled and chance has diverted the attention from the true murderer. Macbeth has been thus far fortunate and has gone from Thane to king overnight. This raises him in status and prosperity. On the other hand, his morals and human compassion decline. Now that Macbeth is crowned king he has gone as far in material magnitude as he can go but morally he can go lower, and he will. The idea that Banquo's children will become future kings enrages him. "For Banquo's issue have I filled my mind; For them gracious Duncan have I murdered; Put rancours in the vessel of my peace Only for them; and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man, To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! Rather than so, come, fate, into the list, And champion me to the utterance!" Act 3, Sc.1 64-71 In this soliloquy we can see that the cause of Macbeth's hostility towards his friend is fear for the present, Banquo could ruin him by revealing that he believes Macbeth killed the king, and envy for the future- Banquo's sons will be kings. If Macbeth had been a man of cool and logical temperament, he would have accepted what he could not change. However, Macbeth's mind is full of remorse, he is still dissatisfied, and the fact that he killed the king still haunts him. Macbeth is not in the right state of mind at this point in the play to make decisions. He has not slept due to having nightmares and he is over whelmed with all these evil wrong doings and thoughts in his head. He cannot put things in order, and killing people who do not fit into his plans, have to be exterminated for Macbeth's own good and peace of mind. In conclusion he decides that having Banquo and Fleance murdered is the only way out. "It is concluded: Banquo, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out tonight." Act 3, Sc. 1 140-141 Macbeth's scheme backfires when Fleance manages to escape from the murderers. When Macbeth learns of this he realizes the witches' prophecies could still hold true. This ignites Macbeth's fire to kill more. He cannot afford to have his plans backfire on him and he will have to kill more people who get into his way. He is confused and Macbeth honestly believes the only way to clear his mind is to get rid of the people who cause him worry. "Strange things I have in head, that will to hand, Which must be acted, ere they maybe scanned." Act 3, Sc. 5 139-140 "My strange and self abuse is the initiate fear, that wants hard use: we are yet but young in deed." Act 3, Sc. 5 142-145 In Macbeth's second meeting with the witches they reveal to him three conflicting truths yet again: "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff! Beware the Thane of Fife. Be bloody, bold and resolute: laugh to scorn The power of a man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth. Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against thee." Act 4, Sc. 1 71-94 After this Macbeth believes he is immortal since "none of woman born" shall bring harm to him. His next move is to kill Macduff, and Macbeth orders the murders of every man, woman and child in the Fife castle. Right now, Macbeth appears to have no feeling of remorse, all that matters is himself and his own world. Meanwhile in England, Macduff, Malcolm and other Lords are planning a revolt against the evil tyrant Macbeth. They believe he is not fit to have the kingship and they know he is putting Scotland in a terrible state. "Alas poor country! Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot Be called our mother, but our grave; where nothing But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile; Where sighs, and groans, and shrieks that rend the air are made, Not marked; where violent sorrow seems a modern ecstasy: the dead Man's knell"¦" Act 4, Sc. 3, 164-170 Also when Macduff learns that Macbeth slaughtered everyone he loves, Macduff develops more hate against the king, and has more passion to kill him. "Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself; Within my sword's length set him; If he 'scape, heaven forgive him too!" Act 4, Sc. 3 231-234 Macbeth's rule will soon come to an end. England's army along with Scotland's army will not stand for this tyranny another day. "This time goes manly, Come, we go to the King: our power is ready; Our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on Their instruments." Act 4 Sc. 3 234-237 Macbeth is left alone in his castle; his army deserted him, Lady Macbeth fell guilt stricken then insane and killed her self. Macbeth has not one person by his side, and he knows the war against him is coming. He is but a man wearing a crown, a man who committed savage crimes for the sake of his own being. Macbeth knows this; it is at this point he sinks his lowest. Macbeth still believes growing great is about being loved and having friends, growing old and being respected, and of that he has none. He realizes that the price he paid for the kingship was much to high and there was far too much to loose but now it's too late to turn back. He will not die lonely and a coward. "This push will cheer me ever, or disseat me now. I have lived long enough: my way of life Is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not!" Act 5, Sc. 3 20-28 "I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked! Give me my armour." Act 5 Sc. 3 32-33 When the invaders come to his castle Macbeth fights the battle alone. To his own dismay he also finds out that Macduff was born of a C-section. "Despair thy charm; And let the angel whom thou still Hast served tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripped." Act 5 Sc. 8 13-16 Alone, confused, frustrated and shamed Macbeth dies a warrior by the sword of the worthy Macduff. In the fatal end Macbeth was called upon to pay the price for all his wrong doings. Macbeth could have been a great man. Macbeth was Thane of Cawdor and Glamis and most importantly respected by the King. Macbeth had a loving wife and a dear friend in Banquo and all this he yearned for, when he realized little to late he had it already. Had it not been for his belief in his own charmed existence and his belief in supernatural prophecies, if he had listened to Banquo's warning, he would have never risked everything he loved, everything he had, and his own life for that crown. If Macbeth did not have so much pride in his own ambition he would have been a happy and respected man. "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other." Act 1 Sc. 7 25-30 Macbeth spoke these words in the beginning of the play and it was still to early in time, for him to realize how true that really was.   

The Shakespearian tragedy, Macbeth has been said to be one of Shakespeare's most profound and mature visions of evil. In Macbeth we find not gloom but blackness, a man who finds himself encased in evil. Macbeth believes that his predicaments and the evils that he commits are worth everything he...

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The inclusion of fate and what...The inclusion of fate and what happens to the soul when you die is quite common in ancient literature. The Greek epic The Iliad and the essential work of Old English, Beowulf, are two very fine examples of this theme. Fate, how it is, or how it will play out, is recognized in both epics as something all must eventually deal with. What is implied is that the true fate of a warrior, no matter how great, is death. A man's death can either include honor, or shame, it is the goal of both Achilles of The Iliad, and Beowulf to die honorably. Another interesting aspect of fate and death is the inclusion of an afterlife, and what that might be. In Beowulf, it is deducted that there is early Christianity that has to do with the belief in the heaven. On the contrary, the belief in life post mortem in The Iliad has much more to do with the ancient Greek Gods. The purpose of this essay is to establish a comparison of the power of fate, and the control it has mentally over both the protagonists. Also, it will contrast the early Christianity of Beowulf, to the polytheism of ancient Greece and each of their effects respectively to both characters. From the beginning of the epic, Beowulf regards his fate as one of a great warrior. This fate is to do as much honor to his name as he can, but all the while, be prepared for death, as Beowulf is. This fate, as shown in Beowulf is that of a great Warrior and ruler. Beowulf, called on by the agony of the Danish, comes to rid them of the beast Grendal. "Beowulf got ready, donned his war-gear, indifferent to death; his mighty, hand forged, fine webbed mail would soon meet with the menace underwater. It would keep the bone cage of his body safe" Heaney 1442-1446 The quest for honor before death is perhaps the central goal for all true warriors. Beowulf quests for this honor before death over all else that is gifted to him such as power, money, and longevity. Beowulf's glory before death is shown in his actions such as destroying Grendal, hunting Grendal's mother, and in eliminating the great Dragon after being abandoned by his own men. Although he realizes that he is a great warrior, Beowulf is also very aware of his own mortality, and knows that if he if he continues to battle he will be killed. Although aware of this mortality, it is obvious that he does not fear it: "Yet the prince of the rings was too proud to line up with a large army against the sky plague. He had a scant regard for the dragon as a threat, no dread at all to his own courage and strength" Heaney 2345-2349 The lack of fear of fate and death is what makes Beowulf a truly great warrior. The ancient classic, The Iliad, is about the great struggle between the Greek Achaeans, and the Trojans. The greatest warrior of the Achaeans, Achilles, has decided to leave the battle field, aware that his fate as a soldier is death. As shown in The Iliad, Achilles, different from Beowulf, is aware of his fate, but instead of being able to accept it, he believes he can avoid it, in leaving his life as a soldier. He is faced with a decision to make. What Achilles does not realize, is that whatever decision he makes, his fate will eventually be the same. This is shown when he makes his decision to return home instead of staying in the war with the Trojans. "Mother tells me, the immortal goddess Thetis with her glistening feet, that two fates bear me on to the day of death. If I hold out here and I lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies. If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, my pride, my glory dies"¦" Rouse 101 The play that the Gods have in fate of each man is also quite interesting. The Gods seem to have a personal interest in the fate of their humans, and although they cannot change the fate of the humans, they are able to simply postpone them. This is shown by Zeus in Chapter 16 when he debates saving his son Sarpedon. "It seems that a man's fate is set at birth and cannot be changed, even by the divine Gods" Students Reader of Epics 183 Zeus briefly postpones the death of Sarpedon, although in the end, he cannot help his fate. Though immediately, Achilles chooses a life of peace and longevity , because of the fate of his friend Patrocles, he is forced into taking up his sword again. It seems after Patrocles' death, and the defeat of Hector, that Achilles is somewhat distraught about the future. What is shown is that he now has knowledge of his fate, for in returning to the battlefield, he has sealed his future, and will die gloriously, something he perhaps doesn't wish for. He now has nothing left but to be mournful for a friend lost, and the future he may hold. The key differences between fates depicted in both classics are quite present. Beowulf confronts fate, and doesn't hide from it. He simply is prepared to match any fate that is set out for him. This fate, to be an honorable and glorious warrior who dies protecting his people, is what Beowulf is completely ready for. On the contrary, fate seems to be obvious to Achilles, and yet he strays from it, out of fear of death. Eventually, Achilles does succumb to the fate that the world has set out for him, but this only takes place after many events. The obvious distinction between Beowulf and Achilles is how they treat fate. The true warrior is one that is able to see his fate, accept it, and take it as best as he can. Although Achilles is an incredibly strong and great warrior, he seems to have a fear of fate, never truly accepting it, and this perhaps is the reason he could never be as great as his potential. Beowulf, on the other hand, is the representation of a great warrior. He perhaps is not as strong as Achilles, but Beowulf is gifted with a mental fortitude that makes him able to deal with his fate and death. Throughout Beowulf, there is much evidence in the religious change if Paganism to Christianity. "Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 8th century. This provides us with an idea that the poem that was written during a time when the society was in the process of converted from paganism to Christianity." Duggan In Beowulf, the contrast between the Pagan beliefs and the Christian belief in one God, is very interesting. In the Christian opinion, a monster is a once human that has been deformed and mentally disturbed. However, the monsters in Beowulf, especially the Dragon, are much more attributed to the Pagan beliefs. The year that is attributed to Beowulf's writing is around 900 AD. By this time, Christianity was spreading throughout all of Europe. It is theorized in fact, that the combination between the God of Christianity and the natural beasts of the Pagan beliefs are the primary influences to the writer of Beowulf. The specific Pagan elements that are present in Beowulf, is the manifestation of super human tendencies. An example of this would be the ability of Beowulf to breathe or save his breath underwater. Heaney 1321-1328 Also, Beowulf possesses incredible, perhaps impossible strength, enough to fight beasts hand to hand. The monsters that are mentioned and take a role in Beowulf are also directly related to Pagan beliefs such as the notion of the Giants who create the sword that is used to kill Grendel's mother. Heaney 1642-1670 Also, the inclusion of a dragon as a primary antagonist is quite common in many Pagan stories. It is somewhat obvious that Beowulf himself, is a Pagan. This is deduced from his urge to commit killings of monsters, and his wishes to be cremated. It is quite common in pagan tradition for the corpse of a honorable man to be cremated. "I can hold out no longer. Order my troop to contruct a barrow on a headland on the coast, after my pyre has cooled." Heaney 2802-2805 Although Beowulf himself might be a Pagan, he exhibits many attributes of a Christian. "Beowulf has a Christ-like behavior in his good-heartedness and charity. Beowulf understands the plight of the Danes that are being oppressed by the evil monster Grendel just as Christ knew of the oppression of the Jewish people." Duggan Beowulf seems to understand the plight of the oppressed Danish, and therefore, he understands his role in helping in any way he can. Also, Grendel is described as a descendent from the Old Testament figure Cain, who is tricked by Satan into murdering out of envy . This envy exhibited by Grendel is caused by the desire to live with the "humans" in Heorot. The struggle between good an evil, although represented through Pagan figures, is very much so Christian. Overall, the author does a good job combining the Pagan rituals and beliefs, with the modern Christian ideals. The religious characteristics of ancient Greece are quite different from those of Beowulf's time. Polytheism, the belief in many of the Greek gods dominates all aspects of society. This is made clear by the sacrifice, dedication, prayer, and ritual that all characters, Trojan and Greek alike, practice. Unlike in Beowulf, in which God takes little action directly to society, the Greek gods are physically manifested by humans in The Iliad. Often, the Gods decide to get involved in the epic battles that occur between the Trojans and the Greeks. This provides the change in power many times, because it seems like the Gods take a personal interest in the humans to the point of joining them. The protagonist Achilles is referred to as a son of a God. This means that he is able to represent some of the physical aspects of Gods, such as incredible strength and speed, but he is still mortally human. Achilles, like much of the ancient Greek society, is very religious, and constantly prays to Zeus and other Gods. It seems through Achilles actions after Patrocles death, that religiously, it is quite customary, and necessary for honor to be given to the dead. The differences in beliefs of the two works are quite irrelevant. The most important aspect of religion in both the works is that it is principle to the character's attitudes and decisions. Religion is therefore a primary theme in both works, for it serves as motive for many of the actions of Achilles and Beowulf. Although both characters seem to be warriors who slaughter a countless number of people, they both are quite moral in many aspects. Beowulf defends the oppressed Danish because he knows that they are in a position where they are oppressed by evil, and they cannot help it themselves. Achilles feels for the honor that has been taken from his best friend Patrocles, and therefore is wishes to return to war to reclaim Patrocles' honor from Hector. This has much less to do with advancing Greek power, than to simply stand for a true friend's honor. Although both acts are morally good, it is shown that both characters exhibit characteristics of Christian, even though both are not. Between fate and the aspect of religious beliefs in society, both ancient works give many lessons in life today. Homer's Iliad gives us a good look at the atrocities and pointlessness of war at some points in history. It shows that good, innocent people lose their lives because of the selfish decisions of others. Beowulf teaches of the critical aspects of standing up in oppression. Taking action for yourself and being able to help those who need assistance are great lessons Beowulf examines. Most of all, however, both works show that no matter what, people can never escape who they are. The fate of man is examined well in both works, and it is deduced, that it is impossible for people to truly escape what is set out for them, whether it be honor, death, shame or life.   

The inclusion of fate and what happens to the soul when you die is quite common in ancient literature. The Greek epic The Iliad and the essential work of Old English, Beowulf, are two very fine examples of this theme. Fate, how it is, or how it will play out,...

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During one's life, one must step...During one's life, one must step out into the real world and experience all of what the world has to offer. In order to attain a well-balanced life both mentally and socially, one may seek any way possible to live life to the fullest. We were put on this earth to live- not just simply by breathing in and out everyday, and making life the best it can possibly be. It has been said that you have not really died if you have lived. This theory has been applied to several pieces of literature. In the book The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and "The Lady of Shallot" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, two characters have not lived their life to the fullest extent. In the aforementioned literature, the characters of Sibyl Vane and the Lady of Shallot lived their lives through the invulnerability of constant security. Sibyl Vane is an actress who is greatly devoted to her acting career. She is so consumed by her realm of acting that she does not experience the many other aspects and joys that life has to offer. All her heart, soul, and mind is put into her hobby, as it envelops her entire existence. Sibyl solely depends on this mindset to carry her throughout her life. Leading a life similar to that of Sibyl Vane's is the Lady of Shallot. In this poem, she is condemned to weaving and forbidden to ever look out of her window down to the wonderful city of Camelot. If she should look down, a terrible curse shall be laid upon her. Both Sibyl Vane and the Lady of Shallot are artists who lead very sheltered lives and have an unfortunate fate ahead of them. Before the story beings, Oscar Wilde describes the effects that art has on a person. He states, "All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbols do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors Wilde 3." These sheltered lives allow the women to remain in their safe little worlds, apart from what other ways of life the world has to offer. In order for them to lead a less "curtained" life, they needed to take more chances in hopes of more goodness and reality to welcome into their lives. When speaking to Dorian Gray, Sibyl's lover, Sibyl admits that her life was consumed by the theatre. She confesses: "¦Before I knew you, acting was the one reality of my life. It was only in the theatre that I lived"¦. I believed in everything. The common people who acted with me seemed to me to be godlike. The painted scenes were my world. I knew nothing but shadows, and I thought them real"¦. Prince Charming! I have grown sick of shadows 66." Sibyl repeatedly hides away from having to be a part of life because she has been in a world of unreality. When she loves Dorian she has the courage to step out of the shadows. She has stepped out into the world and the world his her life, depriving her of the shadows. When she finally steps out of her shadows and into her reality, fate comes into play. When Dorian tells her the he does not love her anymore, she cannot take the reality and in return commits suicide. Also bored of these "shadows" of life is the Lady of Shallot. She is fed up with seeing beautiful sights in her mirror and not being able to take part in them. She proclaims, "I am half sick of shadows Tennyson 71." In the Lady's case, her shadow is the mirror. She lives for the shadows because she needs them to experience life. However, she wants to experience the world first-hand, without the mirror, or her shadow. When she heads toward Camelot, she leaps out of the shadows. Comparable to that of Sibyl Vane, when she is separated from her shadows, her unfortunate fate is met. Perhaps their fate could have been changed if these women had learned to step into reality at an earlier stage in life. Opposite of their own sheltered worlds, Sibyl Vane and the Lady of Shallot should have both experienced life through something that is not concrete. Both of their fates are determined by these shadows. Fortunately, there are lessons that we can learn from these women. First, we should not be forced to make hard decisions or be placed in an unnecessary situation. The more conflict that can be avoided, the more beneficial life's outcome can be. Also, if one lives life to the fullest from the very beginning, he or she is less likely to be trapped, much like that of Sibyl Vane and the Lady of Shallot. Since their lives were dull, monotonous trances from the beginning, they were not able to experience all the joys and freedoms than many unsheltered individuals do. Life is a variety of experiences, lessons, and hardships to overcome. Dealing with these aspects of life can only make one's integrity stronger. What these characters did not do was try out different ways of life. Sibyl created her life through the theatre, whereas the Lady of Shallot created hers through her weaving. If they had strayed from their mundane task, then their fate would not have been so catastrophic. If they had just taken chances on life's little mysteries, their fatal outcomes would quite possibly not have been what they were. Experience in dealing with the outside world would have strengthened them to be more independent, stronger people. Furthermore, a broader lesson of these works of literature would be to just get out there and live. Step off the stage, step out of the tower, and hide the mirror. Perhaps take a chance once in a while. Do not just go through the motions of life, and live it to the fullest extent. One can lead a more happy, fearless life if he or she can really go out and experience it. In conclusion, the writings The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and "The Lady of Shallot" by Alfred Lord Tennyson convey certain lessons of life. The characters of Sibyl Vane and the Lady of Shallot lived their lives through the sanctity of constant security, and died as a direct result of their shadows. During one's life, one must step out into the real world and out of the shadows. In order to be balanced both mentally and socially, an individual may pursue any way possible to live life to one's high expectations. Do not get caught up in life's shadows. Step out of the darkness and into the light, hoping to not be consumed by the invulnerability.   

During one's life, one must step out into the real world and experience all of what the world has to offer. In order to attain a well-balanced life both mentally and socially, one may seek any way possible to live life to the fullest. We were put on this earth...

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