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The Supreme Motive Essay

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The Supreme Motive "But if it be a sin to covet honour, / that I am the most offending soul alive" (Shakespeare IV, iii, 28-29), King Henry says Shakespeare's drama in Henry V. Even as a king, that represents the greatest of the societal hierarchy, Henry is always worried about the issue of maintaining "honour". Regardless of the period of era or course, honor appears to be prioritized within the society. The desire to keep honor sometimes drives people's actions. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel García Márquez depicts a Spanish household that isn't afraid of committing immoral deeds to maintain its honour. In the same way, Honoré de Balzac depicts French guys striving to maintain "the name" from Eugénie Grandet. In both Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Eugénie Grandet, characters' motives to conserve family's honor reveal that honor persists even through times of immorality. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Vicario family's name is besmirched if Bayardo San Román, Angela Vicario's husband, finds that she's not a virgin. Individuals doubts "that Angela Vicario wasn't a virgin. She hadn't known any prior fiancé and she'd grown up along with her sisters beneath the rigor of a mom of iron" (Márquez 37). The term iron is both a metaphor and a hyperbole that overlooks Pura Vicario within a austere mom. The use of hyperbole via dictions such as "mother of iron" further exaggerates moral firmness of Pura Vicario. Pura Vicario then "retains [her daughter] by the hair with one hand and defeather] with an other with such rage that [she] believed [her mother] will kill [her]" (Márquez 46]. Through the novel, Pura Vicario shows strictness and austerity to defend the family's honor. Moreover, Pura Vicario ul...

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