Definition of Power

When people feel helpless owing to a lack of power, they indeed feel miserable. In that context everyone intends to accrue sufficient power and nobody likes to be deficient in power. The agony experienced by the characters found in multiple works of literature is many a times a direct outcome of an excess or lack of power. In that context, it will be really thought provoking to arrive at a definition of power using examples from some important literary masterpieces as Medea by Euripides, Othello by Shakespeare, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexei and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. The character of Medea in Medea by Euripides is shown to be devastated by a lack of power over the betrayal of and abandonment by her husband Jason. Ironically, Jason is also shown by Euripides to be craving for an enhancement in his political and social stature. To quench this craving for power, Jason decides to abandon his wife Medea and his children, in favor of marrying Glauce, the daughter of Creon, the king of the Greek city Corinth. The very act of abandonment of Medea by Jason makes Medea feel helpless, humiliated and wrecked. Considering the fact that the relationship between a husband and a wife is considered to be sanctimonious and that the spouses do prefer to feel that they exercise ample influence over each others’ lives, the betrayal by Jason devastates the domestic bliss of Medea and she ends up considering Jason, Glauce and Creon to be the people responsible for her helpless plight. So in order to regain a sense of control over her destiny and to solicit justice, Medea plots the death of Glauce. Creon in his grief chooses to die with his daughter, while Medea demolishes Jason by killing her two children. In conclusion, Medea restores her sense of empowerment and justice by making her detractors pay for their injustice. The fight of Medea was a fight to gain power and justice in her domestic and personal life. In Othello, Othello a moor of Venice, comes across an intense feeling of powerlessness and betrayal in the personal and domestic sphere of his life owing to the treachery of his subordinate Iago and more predominantly owing to his jealousy over the fidelity of his wife Desdemona, his tendency to give ear to the rumors spread by others, and an appalling lack of self control over his emotions and anger. In a rational context, power in domestic life ought to ensue from a tendency to be straightforward and from an ability to trust one’s spouse. In contrast, Othello seeks s sense of power and the commensurate reassurance, by allowing Iago to play with his weaknesses and doubts, which eventually results in the murder of innocent Desdemona. If one analyzes the tragedy of Othello, power may be defined as an ability to have a control over one’s emotions and judgment, and the tendency to not to allow oneself be manipulated by misinformation and gossip. Power is as much about having a control over one’s innate faculties, as about having a say in the conjugal and domestic aspects of one’s life. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexei is a collection of short stories with a novel like continuity in the sense that the collection revolves around the experiences of two Native American men named Thomas Builds-the-Fire and Victor Joseph, residing in the Spokane Indian Reservation. The