Preference Theory and Well-Being
– A preference theory is a philosophical theory that the fulfilment of preferences is the only thing that matters in contributing to well-being. Well-being can be seen as what people ultimately want to achieve; the “ultimate good”1. In terms of preference theory, for you to reach the state of well-being then you must have your preferences satisfied. Preference theories can be split into two distinct categories, actual preference theory and ideal preference theory2. Actual preference theory deals with preferences people actually have, regardless of misinformation or irrationality, while ideal preference theory is interested in what we would “hypothetically” prefer, if we were completely inf…
Conflict in All’s Well That Ends Well
– Conflict in All’s Well That Ends Well One of the themes that emerges from Shakespeare’s comedy All’s Well That Ends Well is the conflict between old and new, age and youth, wisdom and folly, reason and passion. As one critic points out, a simple glance at the characters of the play reveals an almost equally balanced cast of old and young. “In performance it is apparent that the youth of the leading characters, Helena, Bertram, Diana and Parolles, is in each case precisely balanced by the greater age of their counterparts, the Countess, the King of France, the Widow of Florence and the old counselor Lafeu.”1 Indeed, the dialectic between youth and age is established in the first act…
The Character of Helena in All’s Well that Ends Well
– The Character of Helena in All’s Well that Ends Well Helena There is an underlying ambiguity in Helena ‘s character. Spreading the illustration over the four most disputed moments in All’s Well, the virginity repartee, the miraculous cure of the King, the accomplishment of conditions and the bed – trick, one can detect the ‘different shades’ of in her character – honourable, passionate, discreet, audacious, romantic, rational, tenacious, forgiving … She can be sampled out to be basically an idiosyncratic person with her good and bad, positioned within the ‘clever wench’ tradition and the ‘fulfilling of tasks’ folk tales ( W….
Comparing the Characters, Portia and Helena, in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ and ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’
– Shakespeare begins to mature when he creates Portia in the Merchant of Venice, and he shows a peak of maturity through Helena in his problem play, All’s Well That Ends Well. Despite the few years between these two plays and the development of characters during Shakespeare’s maturation period, he makes two very similar female characters. They understand love more than their lovers, and they see potential in the men they have chosen that no one else seems to notice. They exhibit similar character traits, but they use their qualities in different ways to achieve the same purpose….
Spiritual Emptiness in Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
– Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” first published in 1933, is written in his characteristic terse, unembellished style. The definition of “Style” is “the characteristics of language in a particular story and . . . the same characteristics in a writer’s complete works” (Gioa and Gwynn, “Style” 861). Short words and a curt tone are so characteristic of Hemingway’s style that writers frequently parody them in “International Imitation Hemingway” contests (Gioa and Gwynn, “Style” 861)….