Analysis Of `` Things Fall Apart `` And `` No Name Woman `` By Maxine Hong Kingston And Once More

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Humans are set apart from animals and other organisms because they have the ability to think rationally and to question their existence here on earth. Humans are able to ponder the infinite beyond as well as what their lives strive for. Although there are no direct answers to the question of life, humans are able to get a sense of what this life is all about. In many of the works, the characters are unable to grasp what their purpose is- sometimes straying so far that their choices lead to their downfalls. In the tragic play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and two essays, “No Name Woman” by Maxine Hong Kingston and “Once More to the Lake” by E.B. White, the authors use rhetorical strategies and their powerful words to help discover the purpose of our lives and our responsibilities and obligations as human beings in this world.
Although Shakespeare’s Macbeth is not a play one should follow if they want to be a good person, it is helpful in discerning what one should not do in order to understand the purpose of life. Macbeth, as well as Lady Macbeth, are characters driven by ambition. They will do anything it takes in order to reach their goals; in this case, becoming King and Queen. They achieve this by killing King Duncan, along with others. At first, Macbeth is unwilling to act upon his ambition, but after his wife manipulates him with her sweet tongue, she is able to persuade him to act otherwise. Shakespeare uses imagery to…

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