A literary technique known as a motif, a recurring subject or theme, is found in John Knowles’ A Separate Peace and also in Shakespeare’s MacBeth as the recurring theme of mental health issues reveals itself. The state of Gene’s mental health becomes less stable as he imagines the entire rivalry between his friend Phineas, or “Finny,” and himself, which eventually led to Gene injuring Finny by causing him to fall from a tree even though he was his best friend. In MacBeth, the character MacBeth loses his grip with his sanity after he had received a glimpse of what could be his future, the idea manipulated his actions to kill the king even though he loved and was loyal to the king for so long, much like how Gene’s imagined rivalry influenced his action that caused Finny’s shattered leg. Other mental issues found in the stories are paranoia and hallucinations. In A Separate Peace and MacBeth, the characters MacBeth and Gene were both found to be paranoid about their actions; MacBeth was paranoid about being found out due to his crime of killing the king while Gene was paranoid about whether he had actually caused Finny’s injury. Furthermore, hallucinations appear within the works when Lepor, in A Separate Peace, imagines human body parts as parts of actual pieces of funiture and when MacBeth hallucinates a bloody dagger as well as Banquo’s ghost. Motifs of unstable metal health are and evident literary technique found in A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Shakespeare’s MacBeth throughthe characters’ experiences in loosened grip on sanity, paranoia, and hallucinations.
She walks with pure beauty and bliss
As her hair sways in stride with her delicate hips, my heart aches.
It holds the truth that may as well burst from this glass, but what else will break?
To hold her close everyday is all that I wish
Just the memory of her can satisfy this.
I am filled to the brink, a bottle cannot hold this lake,
But if I spill, she may run from this flood before the sun wakes.
In that moment, all I would ask for is a goodbye kiss.
Even if she ignores my pleas for attention, this moon will not wane,
And these tides will never leave the shore.
The truth may come forth one day,
But if not, then my day is brighter in the rain.
Even if my heart becomes old and bitter, I could not love her more.
As long as she is near I am never left in darkness, but found in the presence of May.
In this lab, the purpose was to create a water heater in order to test its efficiency depending on how much fuel is used. The water heater was man-made and the materials used to create it were an empty can, a glass jar, sand, cotton balls, and duct tape the were combined to be heated under a sterno can. The sterno can heated the 100mL of H2O in the water heater to 60 degrees Celsius in a time of 11 minutes and 5 seconds and the highest temperature reached was 67 degree Celsius. A temperature cooled to 10 degrees Celsius after 9 minutes and 33 seconds. In the beginning, the sterno can had a mass of 217.04g and a mass of 204.94g afterwards. Therefore, 12.1g of fuel was used, giving a percent efficiency of 8%.
In the experiment, errors were in fact made in an effort to create a successful water heater. For example, the water heater that was made may not have reached its full potential due to a size issue between our metal can and glass jar. The glass jar used in this lab was taller than the can by about an inch, leaving the top of the water heater exposed instead of being covered by the proper use of cotton balls to contain heat. Therefore, the water heater that w’s made could have reached a higher temperature than 67 degrees Celsius and or could have held heat longer than 9 minutes and 33 seconds before cooling to 10 degrees Celsius.
This tale captures and interest due to its extent of knowledge in the field of women and what they desire. The nature of women is revealed in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue through the stories of her five husbands and how she would take their riches and property in exchange for her body an affection and how she would use tricks to control them and control itself in a relationship is said to be what a woman desires most according to her tale of the knight. Most men can connect emotionally with the tale because they are also curious as to what a woman desires and the would wish to know how to treat a wife if they got one.
The are two examples of moral value explained in the Wife of Bath’s Tale such as trusting a wife’s judgment and to appreciate a faithful and honorable wife no matter the situation and to be a noble man throughout. As the wife described in the tale, the knight was forced to marry the old woman and he was very unsatisfied with her lack of youth and beauty and he would say that it brought shame onto his life and ancestors, but the old woman disagrees and gives a speech to her selfish husband. The old woman says, “Christ wishes us to claim our nobility of character for Him and not our forefathers because of their wealth,” she also explains that “nobility of character is not just the reputation of your ancestors, resulting from their noble deeds, for that is no part of you.” This means that the wealth and achievements of his ancestors are not his own and that he should not look to them as an example, but rather take an example of nobility from Christ, and that he should obtain that nobility rather than show himself as standoffish and rude. This taught bothe the knight and the audience that you should not look to another person’s achievements to determine what is worthy of your attention because if they are not your doing then you have nothing to be proud of. Also, by the end of the tale, the old woman had given the knight a choice of whether he would rather have an ugly and old, but true an humble wife or one who is young and lovely, but dishonorable toward his wishes. The knight decides that his wife should choose, making her his master, and by trusting her judgement she transforms into a young and beautiful wife that is faithful as well. This teaches the value of giving authority to a woman in a relationship because of the knight had not given her the freedom to choose his fate in marriage then she would have remained and old, ugly woman in an unhappy marriage.
In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales a contest of stories is held between pilgrims that are on a journey to Canterbury. In exchange for the best story, the host offers that the winner get a free meal at his Inn. The set criteria of the story is that it must be interesting and it must hold good moral value. The Knight, the Pardoner, and the Wife of Bath all share their stories, but the one with the most success should be the Wife of Bath.
The tale that the Wife of Bath told is the winner of the contest that was introduced in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales because it met the criteria best out of the tales told by the Knight, the Pardoner, and herself. Her tale consisted of interesting knowledge of women and their desires and held a successful plot that offered an emotional connection to its audience. Good moral value was found in the Wife’s tale through the lessons the the young knight learned after discovering what a woman most desires and being we’d to the old woman, which were nobility of character and having trust in a wife’s judgement.