In particular, the Underground Man experienced a traumatic incident where he was lifted from his shoulders and removed from the path of an officer (Dostoevsky 49). As a result of this incident, it created a profound feeling that he is meaningless to society. This act was not only humiliating but also stripped the Underground Man from his masculinity. “I could even have forgiven a beating, but I simply could not forgive his moving me and in the end just not noticing me” (Dostoevsky 49). His masculinity grants him a personal sense of power, but that had been taken from him.
The main point of this story, Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, is how the people that society look down upon see things from different points of view. An example of this is the main character, Paul, who society looks down upon, as they consider him blind, however, he often sees what others do not and has excessive knowledge of the world around him. Even though he sees everything, he does not say what he knows and others do not ask him, for they believe he has no knowledge of the problems. After moving to Tangerine, he sees his brother doing horrible things and his parents none the wiser. His friend suffers at the hands of his brother and consequently, ends up dying, and afterwards, Paul feels much guilt for the words unsaid.
. . .” We learn from Mr. Antolini in chapter twenty-four that the cause of Holden's depression as his lack of personal motivation and being able to view his own flaws. Holden has so much personal pride that he easily overlooks his own flaws but views the flaws in others to motivate himself. But anything from Holden’s perspective can seem depressing and
As the play progresses, Arthur Miller clearly exemplifies how Willy’s characteristics are closely associated with aspects any tragic hero possesses. Arthur Miller illustrates how Loman’s error in judgment and lack of success cause him to feel thoroughly defeated by society and even his family. His indifference to change impedes him from thriving in the realm of business and family life until he realizes that his dream of success is unattainable. Overall, his tragic flaw hinders him from changing his values and understanding that accomplishments do not stem from being admirable and attractive. Throughout Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s storyline outlines the essence of a tragedy with a more modern-day plot to prove that Willy Loman is a tragic
They do not need to be legendary; they can be tiny but still insightful. The moment Newton was hit by the falling apple and came up with his theory of gravity was an epiphany. However, a rapacious old man who finally appreciates the beauty of generosity after being diagnosed with a fatal disease is also an epiphany. In Jesus’ Son, Fuckhead encounters these moments of realization as well. He is formerly a reckless druggie and alcoholic; no one really expects him to get into detox willingly and take a new approach to life in the end.
The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” thought he was hearing the guy’s heart beat after he had killed him. This couldn’t be possible because he cut the guy up and there was no way that his heart could still be beating. He was hearing this “heart-beat” because he was feeling guilty from killing the old man. “...it is the beating of his hideous heart.” The people in the “The Masque of the Red Death” thought they were seeing a masked person at the party that was killing everyone but in my opinion I think they were imaging it. I think they were imaging it because it never describes the person in the story.
Than he hears about his brother being fired from his job for being, “Tooo wasted,” (Norberg, 279). This shows Sheldon bad drugs really are, and what they can do to a person, his brother went from having a decent job to having nothing. Later on towards the end of the book the one thing that finally pushes him to get out of the drug business is when he realizes how risky the business is as in when he says, “ “Hey,” Horn started in, “Our weeds been ripped off.” ”(Norberg, 314). By this point Sheldon has already come to realize the downfalls and now the risks on the business and he came to the realization that the risk wasn’t worth the
This condemned Johnny to a life in the streets, boot blacking. However, from the way Dick speaks to Johnny, repeatedly calling him lazy either to his face or as an aside to the reader, one would think he had chosen this life. In reality, Johnny Nolan probably was not lazy, by any means. Alger simply had a poor understanding of how homelessness and surviving in an unsafe environment affects all aspects of an individual’s life. Although the idea that Johnny could have pulled himself from poverty if he had worked harder has the potential to give the reader hope, it’s unfortunately a naïve idea at best.
Amir did not tell Hassan that he saw everything, and the two did not talk much. The guilt of his sin haunted Amir, which he could not bear. On the occasion of his birthday, he saw Assef talking nicely to him which angered Amir. It was the night he decided to do something which made Hassan leave him forever. He blamed Hassan for stealing his watch which Hassan accepted.
Nearly every individual has been wronged or hurt by the words of a friend or family member. The person who spit venom in a fit of rage may apologize, however sorry cannot fix everything. The words that humans speak are set in stone and it is a natural flaw of humanity that nearly everyone speaks without thinking how it can affect others. For example, jokingly bullying someone is still a poor choice as the victim stills feels bad about the joke. Those jokes are pointless, yet the person at the end of the joke has to question if it truly was a joke, or if there is actually something wrong with them.