• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Don Quixote, King Lear, Huck Finn, Dollhouse

Extracts from this document...


Don Quixote, King Lear, Huck Finn, Dollhouse Disagreements can cause wars and bitter feelings. They can also cause people to ignore or avoid one another. To run away from a disagreement within the self however, is not as easy. It haunts a person in their sleep, and without acquiring an adequate knowledge of the self, peace within is hard to obtain. Many literary works address the journey of discovering the self, and they use different characters to explore various circumstances surrounding this journey. In his book, Don Quixote, Cervantes explores the adventures of Don Quixote as he pursues his chivalric dreams. Throughout the book, Don Quixote has renamed everything in order to make everyday people and animals into chivalric characters. The act of renaming himself shows his decision to reject his identity as farmer and to embrace what he believes to be his real identity as a chivalric knight. He is convinced that he is helping the people he encounters. From Don Quixote's point of view, he believes fiercely in the authenticity of his identity. ...read more.


His immense discomfort for their "sivilized [sic]" ways, coupled by the need to escape from his abusive father, prompts Huck to embark on a journey he discovers more about his identity. Free from the Widow Douglas, Huck now assumes what he believes to be his authentic identity. This identity is a combination of his pragmatic attitude along with the morals society has taught him and some of the grandiose imagination of Tom Sawyer. When Huck is trying to rescue Jim from the Phelps farm, Tom keeps suggesting elaborate ideas like digging Jim out with a fork, or baking a rope into a cake. The impracticality of these ideas challenges Huck to reject the Tom Sawyer side of his identity. His views on whether it is right to free a slave also changes as he spends more time with Jim, and Huck starts to discover more of his own identity and reject the things society has taught him. Much like Huck, Nora in A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen has an identity forced upon her, but she does not recognize it until some time has passed in the play. ...read more.


Don Quixote has most likely absorbed some of Sancho Panzo's realism and is somewhere in between extreme romanticism and realism. It is impossible to tell if Huck Finn has successfully discovered his identity by the end of the book. He is still very young, so he will most likely continue to discover new things about himself especially if he continues to experience things on his own. King Lear has definite success in discovering his new identity as a humbled man, yet this successful transformation cost him a great deal of suffering. Nova also makes some sacrifices in order to discover herself, but King Lear suffers the biggest loss. Along with the books mentioned so far, many other literary works address the issue of identity. This common theme is repeated because everyone is shaped by society and his or her surroundings. Often times a person will be passive while they are being shaped, until they realize they have become someone they do not want to be. Different characters react differently to such realizations and have different circumstances they must overcome to resolve this conflict. In all cases, taking the journey to discover oneself is an important step towards achieving inner peace. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    like, but now he knows that she has consciously decided how her life will be shaped, and he feels happy to be a part of that. Kip, from his vantage point at the well, also sees Hana lying on the couch. All at once, everything seems to be in movement.

  2. Comparison between The Tell-tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and Misery by Stephen King.

    permits the entry of several policeman into the very room where he had committed the murder, after they came knocking to investigate a mysterious noise heard by one of the neighbours. Not only does he let them sit in the room, but also on the very floorboards where the cut up parts of the dead body lay hidden beneath.

  1. madness through king lear, the fool and edgar

    In Act II, Lear's changes of moods and tones indicate his escalating mental instability. His foolishness persists as he insists he will stay with the daughter that allows him to keep the most knights; there is desperation in his confrontation with his 'dog-hearted' daughters.

  2. Compare and Contrast the presentation on Edmund and Edgar in Sheakespeare's King Lear

    This is shown especially at the end of the two soliloquies; they each end by saying that they are going to change their position in the social order. Edmund is seen as the 'illegitimate' son of Gloucester who is 'some twelve or fourteen moonshines' younger than Edgar, and therefore less respected.

  1. Young adult literature analysis - Huck Finn, Holes, Catcher in the Rye

    Holden is very taken with the innocence of a child and that it has been take from him. Jane Gallagher reminds him of his childhood, a carefree time and he remembers it fondly, and perhaps this is why he wants to become the catcher in the rye.

  2. Dr Faustus and The Man Who Would Be King on Power

    While these angels may be intended as an actual pair of supernatural beings, they clearly represent Faustus's divided will, which compels Faustus to commit to Mephastophilis but also to question this commitment continually.

  1. Explore the motives which have driven the villains in Othello by William Shakespeare and ...

    This also implies Iago's bitterness towards Othello was due to his race. Correspondingly, Iago's motive here is to discredit Othello's hard won reputation as Army General. The fact that Othello is placed at a higher rank than Iago in the Venetian society pushes Iago to expose the suppressed nature of

  2. Analytical Comparison- Theme of rejection in Huck Finn and Catcher in the Rye

    these reasons seem more heavy than Huck?s comic plan to find out information from a village, yet Holden often lies for entertainment and personal reasons, whereas Huck only lies when it?s for the greater benefit of others and himself. In Catcher, the adjective ?conscientious? is one of many of Holden?s more advanced words.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work