It’s because the world he lives in has affected him in such a way to be like this. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, certain devices weigh down the main character in order to equalize him with the others. This short story is dystopian; an offshoot to Orwell’s utopian world. Winston too is weighed down by his own society; he is forced to be a lesser version of himself, all for Big Brother. They don’t do anything to physically change him, but if he is thought to break the rules or is simply too smart for his own good, off to the Ministry of Love.
When Holden states, "I like Allie just because someone is dead you don't just stop liking them, for God's sakes- especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive (Salinger 171), he believes that genuine happiness and peace can be obtained in his past and believes that Allie is no longer present in society. However, Holden eventually realizes that it is impossible to live in his childhood forever. This makes him realize that he cannot continue living with the same values in society that Allie died with. Acknowledging that his objectives in life are unattainable brings forth immense discomfort and sadness. However, Holden's sadness is heightened when he knows he cannot change societal norms and value.
For example, Gatsby says, “Why, look here, old sport, you don’t make much money, do you? (82). Gatsby says this quote to Nick just after Nick has agreed to help reintroduce him to Daisy by inviting her over for tea. Gatsby has the audacity to ask Nick for a huge favor and then comes into his home to comment upon the wealth of his host. Gatsby tries to hint at the fact that Nick is an outsider to the rich way of life while Gatsby, himself, is a member of the elite social class.
Once at the bodega he mentions that “the light is very bright and pleasant but the bar is unpolished” (Hemingway). Again the light plays a significant role in the story. It is a symbol of something joyful to the waiter. The older waiter feels he is much like the old man, he knows the feeling of being alone and not having anything in his life to bring him joy. The light acts as a temporary joy for both older men.
The army was very different then what he thought it would be since he left youth before he was ready for adulthood. Before, Leper was a “tourist”, free and enjoys life, however, the army is a reality check and brings adulthood too fast and he cant fight his fear, “Leper, emerge from a protective cloud of vagueness only to meet it, the horror, face to face, just as he had always feared, and so give up the struggle absolutely. ”Now, his “I’m just touring” essence has
This follows our commandment to keep hold the Lord’s day. The next line tells us to “Visit grandpa every chance that you can, It won 't be wasted time”, which goes along with the teachings of the corporal works of mercy. It is also known that our older relatives are wise because they have a great deal of life experience they can pass on to us. In the next stanza it says, “don’t steal, don 't cheat, don’t lie” which comes right from the ten commandments. Finally, the last section reads, “Don 't take for granted the love this life gives you, when you get where you 're going don 't forget turn back around and help the next one in line”.
In conclusion, Jonny shows that people still love you no matter what happens, and you have a group that will accept you. Socrates said “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Johnny is a smart person, even though it takes him a while to think, but he tries to think about life and all that it
But at that moment he felt willing to change, because he lived a sinful life, and ask God to save him, a dramatic moment where he felt lost and asked for mercy. Everyman realized that his fortune material had no value and that it was more important the fortune of God. Everyman acts representing humanity, fighting for morality inside, although he thinks that death is evil because it comes from hell. Death is ironically a messenger of God. Everyman had discovered that while he was successful in life, the afterlife was a different story because his wealth could not go with him or count in the Book of life.
The loss of innocence does not limit to the permanent loss of an innate human quality, however; it can also be a physical loss. Tom Robinson is forced to give up on his innocence, but unlike Jean-Louise, he does not manage to adapt to the cruelty of the world and refuses to accept it, naively believing that if he escape it and leave it behind, it will turn untrue. Similarly to Boo Radley, the burden of the reality is too heavy for the characters to carry and they get crushed under its weight. Tom and Arthur embody the nature of innocence, which refuses to let go until the very last moment and is therefore, either murdered or forcefully kept hidden from the public eye. It is from those characters the reader learns that innocence is precious and fragile
[Investing] big, [gambling] big” (Hansberry 84). Walter dreams of gaining money through the liquor store, a highly improbable goal. As the play continues, Walter realizes how absurd this goal is and decides to abandon his American Dream. As a result, he takes it on himself to ensure that his mother’s American Dream gets fulfilled when he mentions “we don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight causes, and we will try to be good neighbors … we don’t want your money” (Hansberry 148) to Lindner. By doing so, Walter makes it evident that he lost all interest in money and only wants to move into the house to aid in uniting his family, proving Walter’s shift in his American Dream.