This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Disintegration Essay

1016 words - 5 pages

The role of power is central to both 'The Handmaid's Tale' and Henry IV Part 2, the protagonist in each text have contrasting views, in the former Offred craves any power she is able to find whereas the latter sees Hal shirking his responsibilities. Atwood suggests throughout 'The Handmaid's Tale' that people would willingly tolerate subjugation as long as they feel they have some power, Offred recollects that her mother once told her it is "truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations." For Offred this compensation manifests in the form of Nick, despite her situation she becomes complacent, although this life bears great restrictions compared to ...view middle of the document...

Fittingly it is Hal's new father figure who dismisses Falstaff, finally triumphing in their ongoing conflict, symbolising the triumph of order over anarchy. In these scenes the extent to which Hal has used the Lord Chief Justice as an inspiration becomes clear, as it is not only his character but his speech which has changed. Hal now uses far more regal and powerful language befitting his title of King, he displays little humour at the end of the play suggesting that he means to take his new found power seriously. Unlike Hal, Offred must find her power through more discreet means, she discovers that by manipulating her sexuality- despite having no ability to follow through on her suggestions, she holds power over the surrounding guards. When Offred becomes aware of the sexual attraction the men feel for her, she does what she can to tease them she 'enjoy[s] the power: power of a dog bone, passive but there', despite being 'passive' Offreds actions hold power 'it is a form of resistance and subversion nonetheless' (Dunn) and like Hal her misbehaviour offers her freedom. Offred also learns that some Handmaids kill themselves in a true declaration of power over their own actions, and indeed when Offred arrives at her placement she finds 'they've removed anything you could tie a rope to' in order to take away even that control she may have found.

All three texts 'Henry IV Part 2', 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'The Waste Land' deal with the topic of disintegration within civilisation and although the three differ in style- Yeats and Atwood painting a dystopian future while Shakespeare writes of by gone social upheaval. All three texts capture the collapse of order and civilisation through the use of similar themes, most notably power and gender playing key roles in the disintegration of mankind. Taking all the aforementioned information into consideration, it is apparent that all three texts 'should serve as a warning and as a wake-up call to the dangers to which our society could fall prey in the...

Find Another Essay On Disintegration

Discuss the concept of global expansion and forces of disintegration and integration and explain the transformation in which a diversify MNC become a fully integrated global enterprise

3576 words - 14 pages IntroductionOnce the companies are fulfilled with the saturation of the existing markets, they will expand the businesses abroad. Not only change the structure of the companies, but also the roles and responsibilities of people in the organizations. The form which the companies will be applied depends on many factors such as management, skills and expertise, and resources. The companies might focus on integration, disintegration, or merging both

The Presence of Britain in India and Cultural Disintegration

833 words - 3 pages The presence of Britain in India has a great significant importance today because the world is globalizing people are becoming interconnected and are becoming dependent on each other. Historical legacies included the cultural traditions and celebrations which the people are involved in. Cultural impacts of the dominant power is still seen on the country being influenced because there would be the same pop culture in the developing countries, same

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union

850 words - 4 pages “Communism is a political and economical doctrine, the aim which is to abolish private ownership of property and for-profit enterprise and to replace these with public ownership and control of industry, agriculture, and resources” (“Communism”). The product of this Government is supposed to be a society free of class ranking based on wealth, property, and political power. On Sunday, August 13th, in 1962 the Eastern German government began


976 words - 4 pages intentionally and/or directly hurt, the people of a society should be free to do whatever he or she wishes, without fearing the legal and societal consequences. If a society deems an act morally sounds, based on their own personal prejudices, the same people in that society should be able to act upon the societies idea of what is morally good. Next I will focus on the Disintegration Thesis, which very plainly states that without a common sense of a morality

Essay on Jane's Search for Self-identity in The Yellow Wallpaper

631 words - 3 pages Gilman, through the first person narrator, speaks to the reader of the stages of psychic disintegration by sharing the narrator's heightened perceptions: "That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid, but I don't care--there is something strange about the house--I can feel it" (304). The conflicting emotions of power and control versus loss of control are expressed in her reactions to her husband: "I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes. . . .so

The Iron Cage and Max Weber

690 words - 3 pages are being treated as working machines in a bureaucratic world and not as complex human beings who have feelings and hearts. Furthermore, Durkheim believed that disintegration leads to social solidarity, rather than complexity. According to Durkheim social disintegration is often brought by the extreme change in the division of labor, and due to the unstableness it leads problems in our society and leads to social solidarity being chaotic. When

A Fragmentation of the Eurozone

939 words - 4 pages . Mr. Monti went on to say, “And it is very, very important that we all take this with great attention in order to avoid that something that was meant to be the culminating point of the European construction -- namely, the single currency -- turns out to be, through psychological negative effects, a factor of disintegration of Europe," (Clemons). This statement on its own highlights the belief that the euro and the crisis surrounding it is quickly

Safe Area Gorazde Essay (Summary)

1031 words - 4 pages interviews, and an effective narration, Joe Sacco is able to share with his audience the atrocities of war, how it disintegrates families and cities, and the importance of family loyalty; themes that are vitally seen in the "Disintegration" vignette of Safe Area Gorazde.The story takes place in Gorazde, a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where political tension is rising and a war is clearly escalating. Fearing the worst, Slovenia and Croatia declare

Cause of Yugoslavia's Revolution

1922 words - 8 pages Cause of Yugoslavia's Revolution The key terms of the question are the terms 'primordial hatreds' of the nationalities involved and also the time period that is set, the 1990s. The term primordial is an adjective defined as "existing at or from the beginning."[1] To address the question I will discuss the way in which the violent disintegration of the

Ralph wept

1494 words - 6 pages on the island.From the beginning to the end of the story we see the disintegration of innocence. As story progresses so does the gradual decomposition of common good. We see this perfectly in some boys more than others, especial Roger. Nearer the beginning, in chapter 4 it is clear that the politically disordered island has not yet had its great influence on the boys, but we do see and indication. Almost like a prophecy of what's to come. "Roger

Globalization and the State System of Government

2554 words - 10 pages am I?” Globalization’s indicators come in the form of both integration and disintegration. Disintegration, or localization, is the fragmenting force that is caused by, and is in opposition to, integration. With localization, allegiance is no longer given to the state, people do not feel as if they need to refer to themselves as “members of the state”, and the inter-state system is undermined. Therefore, it can be seen as a form of

Similar Essays

Family Disintegration In Halfway House And Vultures

858 words - 4 pages made him one of the most distinguished social theorist of violence in the country .Vijay Tendulkar’s has said that “Vultures” was born out of personal crisis in his life .It shows the degeneration of the family with compassion and cruelty.”Vultures” is the outstanding example of Tendulkar’s modernity. In both the plays “Halfway-House ‘ and “Vultures” family disintegration is depicted due to break down of communication other reasons .In both the plays it is shown that in order to maintain harmony in an institution one should try to adjust with other members rather than criticizing others for their failure. One should try and understand the emotions of others.

Anomie And Alienation: Catalysts For Society's Disintegration By Pj

1436 words - 6 pages important dissimilarity is that for Marx, a division of labor was a divisive factor. His Communist world would have to be devoid of this mode of production and organization while Durkheim believed it could increase the interdependence of members of society, and so reinforce social solidarity The claims of both men as to the causes for and solutions to the disintegration of society are valid. Durkheim took into consideration empirical data

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall And The Disintegration Of The Soviet Union

1305 words - 6 pages States could be devoted to different efforts (“The Fall of the Soviet Union”). All in all the disintegration of the Soviet Union made people feel that the world was a safer place. So, overall the Berlin wall was not a positive aspect for Germany. Physically the Berlin Wall separated East from West Germany, however, the wall also symbolized the Soviet Unions regime. Soon after the Soviet Union became communistic and separated their people, the Berlin

The Disintegration Of The Family In The Novel, The Last Song By Nicholas Sparks

1468 words - 6 pages controlling; over-involvement can be just as lethal to family harmony as neglect. One important difference between this story and the real world disintegration of the family, is exemplified by what Ronnie says to Will when explaining her time in court: “I admitted everything because I knew I was wrong and that I wasn’t ever going to do it again. And I didn't--not there, and not here.” I think the biggest difference between the conflict in this novel and