Jefferies, or ‘Jeff’ as he commonly known throughout the film, is a middle-aged bachelor recently hospitalised due to his high-risk career as a photojournalist. This hindered condition serves as an important foundation on which the movie is built upon as Jeff’s forced lifestyle being in a wheelchair causes an abrupt stop in his usual high intensity way of life and causes him to quench his boredom in other ways, predominantly watching the other residents in his apartment complex through the ‘rear window’ of his apartment. Observing the events that happen in the privacy of each of his neighbours’ apartments is certainly not minding one’s business but Jeff continues to do so anyway and ends up in all
He spent most of his time living with his grandma, until he started to do drugs and come home late. He becomes a burden toward his grandma, and she tells Enrique he has to find another place to stay. As a result, his Uncle Marco lets him stay at his place. Enrique starts feeling a sense of belonging, and trust, which makes living with him enjoyable. Unfortunately, his stay is short-lived due to Marco dying in a business deal.
Richard Russo’s novel, That Old Cape Magic, illustrates a recurring theme of acceptance of family, despite their iniquities. Jack Griffin, currently in the throes of a mid-life crisis, reflects on his parents’ acrimonious discontent in all facets of their lives. Griffin, with stark introspect, realizes that he has inherited his parents’ pretentious attitudes. Vacationing one month in Cape Cod is the only respite Griffin’s parents get from their miserable lives back in Indiana. Griffin’s quest for happiness begins when he acknowledges why he is who is, allows himself to let go of his childhood pain, and feel grateful for all the good things in his life.
Rip Van Winkle was known as a man who cared for his neighbors and minded his own business. Living with his stubborn annoying wife he was often told to leave his house due to arguments with her He often like to sit and ponder his thoughts with his other peers. This can be described in this quote,“when driven from home, by frequenting a kind of perpetual club of the sages, philosophers, and other idle personages of the village; which held its sessions on a bench before a small inn, (Irving 12) When Rip Van Winkle went hunting one day he entered the woods and stumbled across the devil. The devil put him to sleep for 20 years! The next quote explains the surprise he felt when he woke up from the 20 year slumber.
While the story of the pagan god seems far-fetched, Tony finds himself caught up in the mystery of it. The golden carp is a story known only to a few; only a select few people can see it. Cico asks Tony to believe the golden carp is a god, however, Tony does what he feels is right and recites the Lord’s commandment that “there shall be no other gods before me” (Anaya 107). Tony struggles to separate his Catholic teachings and desire to see the pagan god. He wants so badly to believe that there could be a god that is beautiful and forgiving.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Hemingway illustrates throughout The Sun Also Rises how most of the men in the novel are going to the end of their lives in almost the same manner, but they have also done little things that distinguish big differences in the ways they have lives. Most of these differences are either reinstating their masculinity to others or trying to take another man’s away. In the The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway shows masculinity through the underlying competition between Jake Barnes and his friends. The men in Ernest Hemingway’s novel were involved in World War I, at war that affected many men physically and mentally, changing society's view of what it meant to be a man.
The conversation takes place in a clean, well-lit café. The waiters are discussing a regular client, a well-to-do, deaf elderly man that enjoys drinking late into the night and who recently attempted suicide. The younger waiter is irritated with the elderly man as he would like to return home to his wife and life. He does not understand why the old man remains at the café or why the man tried to take his own life. On the other side of the coin, the older waiter understands the elderly man and the despair he potentially feels, as well as why the man enjoys the café compared to a noisy bodega.
He says here that he is turning to his books of forgotten lore to wallow in the pain of losing Lenore. The sadness he feels from his loss is enough for him to stay awake until the late hours of midnight trying to read these books just to wallow in his own pain. One of the many symptoms of depression is overwhelming feelings of sadness that is often accompanied by insomnia. Our narrator is displaying these symptoms from the first line of the poem. He is staying up to ungodly hours of the evening, immersed in his own pain and
“Babylon Revisited” gives us Charlie’s first person view of how he planned and tried to put his rocky past behind him, mend ties with his family, and create a brighter outlook for his daughter and himself. Fitzgerald uses the style of his writing during this story, symbols, and locations to lead us through this redemption story. The story begins in France during the 1930’s. Charlie sits at one of his old favorite bars, recounting with the bartender where all of his friends from the past are. Nearly all of them have moved on from their past life, absconding to different ventures in places such as Switzerland and the United States.
About Schmidt is an intricate character study of a 66 year old man, Warren Schmidt, who falls into the abyss of retirement and widowhood with denouement for temporality, stability and purpose of life and slowly regaining it back by getting in touch with his inner self. His salvation comes inadvertently, through a one-way series of letters he writes to a disadvantaged orphan in Tanzania. As the movie begins we see saddened Warren Schmidt, sitting in his office chair with files filled with his legacy of business acumen packed and boxed in background. After retirement as an actuary for the Woodman of the World Insurance Company, Schmidt is left with nothing but time on his empty hands. Another scene shows him suffering through a meaningless retirement dinner along with his wife.
Paul stayed at home for college, unwilling to "leave the fish he had not yet caught” which in reference to the unfinished business he had to catch up on. Paul on the other hand was the rebellious one of the two. After he decided to stay back home in Montana he becomes a well known news reporter. After spending much time alone away from Norman he starts to drink more, and some may say he became an alcoholic. Not only did he begin drinking more than usual, he was introduced to gambling, and it turned into a troubling addiction.
“I come to see what mischief your uncle’s brewin’ now.” John Proctor says this to Abigail when she asks why he has come to town. Proctor is no saint. The uncle he is referring to is Reverend Parris, the minister of his parish or town. John Proctor has three key reasons why he doesn’t stand behind Parris. First, he is displeased at how much Parris speaks of hell in his sermons.
A pang ran through him at the thought that his whole family was hurting. Taking a long pull of the beer in his hand he tried to do the same thing his parents had been doing all day every day, trying not to get too hopeful. Brice opened his eyes knowing he overslept he threw on last night’s jeans and ran downstairs. He’d been staying at his parents’ house most nights since Rory woke up. His parents were sitting around the table staring at a letter.
In the story “The Gold Mountain Coat,” By Jody Fong-Bates, Sam Sing is a stingy, demanding and controlling man, whose actions posed the question, was Sam Sing capable of compassion? Each evening, after his restaurant had closed, Sam, a tall and bleak Chinese elderly man with many wrinkles wearing gold rimmed glasses that matched his gold teeth, would be found sitting alone in a booth in the back, carefully calculating his daily profits of his prosperous business. If the day’s profits were successful Sam would feel generous and he would cheerfully invite his sons to share a glass of whisky, but, if the profits were meagre, Sam would sullenly drink alone while his sons diligently finished their duties. Sam Sing who wore his thick black hair to the side was not exactly a sociable or considerate man. He had the ability to make others feel insignificant and often left people feeling uncomfortable.