Essay On Betrayal: 'rats In The Ranks' 'maestro', 'anthony And Cleopatra', 'gladiator'

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'Maestro', 'Anthony and Cleopatra', 'Gladiator' and the letter to the editor each present the effects of betrayal and guilt in their own effective way. Their effects of betrayal and guilt rang from, changing your personal identity, suicide, the pain it causes the person who has been betrayed and the result of not being able to trust anyone.'Maestro' is written by Peter Goldsworthy and is a memoir of Paul Crabbe. Not only do we find out much about Paul, but also his piano teacher, Eduard Keller, the 'Maestro'. As each section unfolds further information about his past in unravelled.Keller was a famous pianist from Vienna, who's family were killed by the Nazis during the war, as they were Jewish. Keller trusted the Nazis and it was for this reason they were taken away, therefore he blames himself for their death. "'You must understand.' he said. 'I knew these people. These murderers, I signed their concert programmes.' Using such detail in explaining what happened to Paul, we can understand how well Keller knew the Nazis. He feels as if he has betrayed his wife and son, yet he tries to explain why he did.After their death, Keller moves to the opposite side of the world, Darwin, a place that completely contrasts with Vienna. He does this to run away from his guilt and re-invents himself. Paul finds this out when he is in Europe, after visiting an old friend of Keller's. He describes Keller in a completely different way to what Paul knew, 'perhaps his Keller had died long before mine was born.' The effects of betrayal and guilt are effectively presented, showing the drastic changes it had on his life after being so overwhelmed by guilt.'Anthony and Cleopatra' is a Shakespearian play about two lovers; Anthony, a lead of Rome and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. The main themes of the play are love and duty as well as betrayal and guilt. The play is written in old English and mainly colloquial language. Much imagery is used including the symbolism of nature, water and the gods to present its themes.Numerous characters, including Enobarbus and Cleopatra, commit betrayal in the play. Enobarbus is a loyal friend of Anthony's until he realises that Anthony is an unrealiable leader, at which point he deserts him, to go to Ceasar. '...This blows my heart'. The imagery and use of figurative language in this shows his deep feelings of regret. Enobarbus is so overwhelmed with guilt that he takes his own life.Cleopatra has this same fate after committing betrayal, also against Anthony. She sent a message saying that she was dead, after being annoyed that he accused her of betrayal. 'go tell him I have slain myself'. This terrible act of betrayal lead to Anthony's suicide, as he could not live without Cleopatra. After this occurred, Cleopatra was full of guilt that she could not live with herself, 'What, of death, too, that rids our dogs of languish?'. This imagery uses nature to symbolise her feelings of wanting to escape her pain and guilt by death. Cleopatra...

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