People often wonder whether pride is a destructive force or not. Pride can in fact be a very dangerous and even deadly force. After reading the short stories The Scarlet Ibis and The Stag at the Pool, they both prove this theory that too much pride can lead to people doing good things for the wrong reasons. In the story The Scarlet Ibis, Brother has a sibling with disabilities that make him abnormal and very delicate. Brother knows about Doodle’s poor condition and ignores it when he is teaching his crippled brother how to walk.
Perfect Day for a Melancholy Death French poet, Comte de Lautreamont, once said, “Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness” (BrainyQuote). “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”, begins as World War II ends, when Seymour Glass returns from the war, he marries Muriel, a vain and self-absorbed woman. While on a vacation/honeymoon in Florida, Seymour slowly begins to unravel. Having gone to war an “innocent” and returned in deep despair because of his participation in combat. J.D.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...] Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused.
In "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," written by J.D Salinger it is evident that forming relationships with adults is challenging for the main character. The main character being Seymour Glass. Seymour is previewed as mentally unstable and dangerous even though the majority of his actions are quite harmless. To understand the reasoning behind Seymour's difficultly with forming relationships with adults it is important to understand Seymour's past experiences, how adults perceive him, and how children perceive him. "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" takes place post World War II.
He surrounds himself in a childish, ideal world where there is no evil and all is pure. This viewpoint becomes disastrous when the ugliness of the real world seeps into Aron’s life, such as Adam’s failed business attempt, and the realization that his mother is not only alive but is a prostitute. Aron becomes distraught because, not only is his mother alive and committing immoral acts, his father is a liar. When faced with the evilness of the world, Aron is unable to cope and make sane decisions, because his entire world and identity is a
In the short story “A perfect for Bananafish” by J. D. Salinger, Seymour’s comfort around children rather than adults represents the conformity that adults have created for social standards when they don’t understands they judge. When Seymour and Sybil meet at the beach, Seymour tells Sybil that he likes her blue bathing suit, which is actually yellow: ““It's a blue bathing suit.”...“this is a yellow”...“you're absolutely right. What a fool I am.”...“are you going to the water?” Sybil said.””(Salinger 8). Sybil corrects Seymour for the mistaking of the bathing suit and has no further questions or comments about the mistake. Sybil, a child, understands that Seymour has made a mistake, but as a child she has not conformed to the idea that mistaking
The bird imagery continues as Hamlet states he would feed Claudius to “kites” (Ham.2.2.606); he is conflicted about what he should do. Claudius is then compared to the internal organs of slaves and a man without morals, remorse or kindness (Ham.2.2.607-608). The powerful metaphors and adjectives used to describe Claudius not only express Hamlet’s intense contempt and disdain towards him, but also serve to convince Hamlet to commit murder. However, Hamlet depicts himself as a whore, a prostitute, and a swearing kitchen maid (Ham.2.2.614-616), reiterating the notion that he is worthless, as well as weak for expressing his emotions through words rather than actions. The shift from metaphors to similes indicate Hamlet’s failure to move past his cowardice and proceed with an act of revenge that would inflict
In the novella, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, the main character is an Indian man named Kino who lives in a small village by the sea. He and his race are poor and oppressed, one day Kino is pearl diving and finds the pearl of the world. He challenges society and refuses to become cheated out of getting wealth from it. He has good intentions; However, his materialistic obsession leads to the death of loved ones and chaos in the community and within his family. One of the morals of this story is that materialism and greed left unchecked can lead to immoral and violent behavior.
While Scout thought Maycomb was peaceful it was evidently a inhumane town. An example of these “MockingBirds” are: The first and foremost example of this heartless treatment is Arthur “Boo” Radley. He is the subject of not only multiple absurd rumors but also is looked down upon by his fellow neighbours and townsfolk. Children and adult alike fear him for what is heard of him and speculate ideas of the gruesome things he “must” do. “Boo drove the scissors into his parents leg,pulled them out,wiped them on his pants,and resumed his activities”
For example, the audience gets a glimpse into Chillingsworth's devolving lunacy in Chapter 14, a scene where both he and Hester discuss Dimmesdale's fate while he picks herbs at the beach. When Hester expresses her regret that she didn't tell Dimmesdale who Chillingsworth was to her, she feels that it would have been better for the minister to die sooner, to which Chillingsworth replied, "Better had he died at once! Never did mortal suffer what this man has suffered...an eye was looking curiously into him which only sought evil, and found it" (Hawthorne 162). Here the reader becomes disturbed, not only by how nonchalantly Chillingsworth describes the whole ordeal, but also by how he seems to enjoy the torture that he's inflicting on Dimmesdale. Although the reader doesn't get to see his facial expression, they at least can pick up on the sadistic, malicious tone with which Chillingsworth chooses his words.
“It 's impossible for men to direct the winds, all we can do is adjust the sail. Now fetch me more ale.” - Captain Lightfang Their hoarse cries reverberated through his frail frame, the stench of alcohol permeated his senses, and the dagger in his foot? Well it just penetrated his foot. This would mark the first of Jag’s memories, which were not of a faithful family or a fair father, but rather of pain and awe. Awe for the wonders of life and how they could give birth to the grotesque creature that lie before him.
In John Steinbeck’s dynamic novel Of Mice and Men, the challenged Lennie’s harmless intentions results in heinous acts due to his decline in mentality and inability to control his own immense strength. In the beginning, Lennie’s simple love of soft things causes inconsequential incidents that quickly escalate into more severe offenses as the story progresses. By the end of the novel, Lennie’s uncontrollable strength and mental deficits leads him to commit unintended manslaughter. Stories of Lennie’s childhood show that from the beginning Lennie has enjoyed petting soft things but becomes hindered by his unmanageable physical power and child-like mind. George’s retelling of his and Lennie’s long ago past reveals Lennie’s Aunt Clara has given him soft things to stroke like a square of velvet and mice.
She sighs, and takes the writing implement away from. “We can try again later.”she says. The left hand is considered the hand of sin since it 's associated with the devil because he believed to be left handed. Now growing up in a religious, Nigerian family of six while being the only left handed person is not fun. I’m constantly subjected to constant corrections, questions, and my favorite, the butt of the joke.
Also, Scout demonstrates compassion for Boo Radley who is an outcast of society because of rumors spread about him. Atticus expresses compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird by acknowledging that Mrs. Dubose cannot control her actions even though she is very mean to his children. After Atticus finds out what Jem has done to her camellias, he shows compassion towards Mrs Dubose by talking to Jem about how what he did “to an old lady was inexcusable” (128). Mrs. Dubose struggled to control her morphine addiction before she passed away, causing her to act mean and aggressive towards Atticus and his children. Atticus wants his children to understand that some people cannot control their actions even though the reason is not apanent.
Matilda’s dad tries to make Matilda feel unskilled and useless, and the Mustard Woman makes Hollis feel let down and like she can’t be accepted anywhere. And the second type of people you can choose to be like are Ms. Honey from Matilda and Hollis from Pictures of Hollis Woods. When Matilda is getting adopted, her