In the novel Jesus ' Son, the main character Fuckhead has several moments of understanding about his life and the world around him. However, he does not experience the key component to true understanding, which is the reaction. Jesus ' Son challenges the legitimacy of epiphanies. Fuckhead 's epiphanies are not valuable, relevant, or real because they do not change his attitude or way of life. Fuckheads epiphanies are not valuable because they are not valuable to him.
What it really is a character study of the protagonist named Jacob Flanders, except it’s hard to call him a protagonist in the traditional sense of the word because his point of view is virtually never seen in the book and everything the readers learn about him is through the eyes of the people involved with him—his mother, his tutor, his college friends, the girl who loves him, the random people he encounters in his daily life. Some of these people know him well, some not at all. Readers don’t even really get to know him over the 189 pages that the book lasts for. He is Jacob, and he exists. Even, there is no perceptible development of any
Peter and Toohey are both affected by the events in their past, meanwhile Roark stays unchanged throughout the entire book. Everybody faces conflict in keeping their individualism, but what separates them, are the ones who stay unaffected from these obstacles. Achieving absolute individualism is almost impossible when one is completely surrounded by others. However, Howard Roark never changes his values or his actions off anyone else 's point of view. In order to do this, one must “recognize his need of a moral code.”(Source 4, The Virtue of Selfishness, ix) Rand argues that by doing this, it sets an easy to follow set of rules that is not to be broken.
Gulliver kind of worships them, and reading this part of the novel we can understand why. Here are some traits of the Houyhnhnms that the protagonist tells the reader: they have no words in their language for any of the bad things we humans do like lying, greed or jealousy. As a matter of fact, Gulliver has a lot of problems explaining the human nature to his Master and has to talk around things that the Houyhnhnm has no concept of. An illustration of that is the phrase “the thing which was not” that the Master uses to express the concept of lie. The Houyhnhnms are governed by reason; therefore they do need neither laws nor lawyers because they all agree about the rightness of what to do.
He would be considered more mature if he stopped rebelling against his aunt, but this doesn 't happen. He may love and respect her, but he still pertains to his rash and rebellious nature which does not show any sign of maturity. Even if Tom has gained a broader understanding of the world around him and himself throughout his experiences, he hasn 't shown any sign of it. If he had matured over the course of the novel, he wouldn 't have created a gang as shown on page 209, "Just as dead earnest as I 'm a-sitting here. But, Huck, we can 't let you into the gang if you ain 't respectable, you know?"
Before he vanishes from the text, he has given up making any impact on the world or lives around him: “Decisions are never really made—at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all-round assholery. […] It does annoy him that he can be so divided, so perfectly unable to come down on one side or another” (GR 802). Since he does not support any side, Slothrop is described as one of “the glozing neuters of the world” (GR 802). Historically, for Puritans neuters are people “that halt betweene two opinions […] the Lord abhorres such lukewarme tame fooles” (Hooker qtd. in Miller 58), and whose “‘[d]eadness of heart’ was the most insupportable curse” (Miller 58).
They should not cheat, lie, or make irrational decisions. Troy disobeys almost everything it means to be a man and more. Throughout the text we see him do all of the above at one time or another. Troy does not fill his responsibilities as a man, husband, father, or brother because he doesn 't act like the father figure to his kids, treat his wife, Rose, with any respect, and aid his brother, Gabriel, enough. Troy does not fill his
Throughout the story there are several references to Neddy Merrill’s obliviousness or forgetfulness. The first instance of this occurs when Neddy arrives at the Welchers’ house, which Neddy discovers to be empty and for sale. Neddy wonders “was his memory failing or had he so disciplined it in the repression of unpleasant facts that he had damaged his sense of the truth?” (Cheever 161). What is interesting about this, is that the realisation that Neddy’s memory is failing him does not bother him, suggesting that he does not want to acknowledge the negativity in his life. This becomes clear throughout the story.
The details in Ivan’s life are present, but he doesn’t notice those details and goes right along with his work and card games; never showing any emotion towards practically anything in his life. Ivan demonstrates this lack of vision for details when he goes on to say, “It was a bore if it meant foregoing a card game, but if there was no game on, it was better than sitting home alone or with his wife” (83). By saying this, Ivan reveals how horribly he has taken his life for granted and how he has taken the people around him for granted
He describes it as a vivid and important memory to him but says there wasn’t any twist in the story: ‘the way it ended with us was too straightforward… me on the bench and you going back to work. There’s no drama in that.’ However, it’s ironic as there was a twist in the story. The bench was ‘Whites Only’. Hally could go with Sam, which would be a happier ending to his story, but that is not what he chooses. Instead, he sat alone with no kite in the air, which affects his life.