The most important reason that the Grasshopper is irresponsible is that he is lazy. Grasshopper is lazy because he chills out and thinks everything will be done for him. Even when the ant was working, Grasshopper tried to persuade Ant, “Don’t go Ant”,Grasshopper said. “come pass the day with me.” Luckily Ant denied the offer. This is important because Grasshopper is not going to have food for the winter.
He thinks, “Oh God, what a strenuous career it is that I’ve chosen! (…) there’s the course of travelling, worries about making train connections, bad and irregular food, contact with different people all the time so that you can never get to know anyone or become friendly with them.” (Kafka 2). He only fulfills it in order to pay off his family’s debt. He is constantly thinking of quitting. However, what keeps his working as a traveling salesman is his loyalty and his sense of obligation to the family.
Even Gregor himself is aware that his work dominates his life (‘‘ "Oh, God", he thought, "what a strenuous career it is that I 've chosen! Travelling day in and day out. ….It can all go to Hell!" ’’ –p.3). And yet, he keeps to his regular, tedious schedule, despite the fact that he hates his job, just so that he can put a wad of cash on his family table.
On the other hand, some people find life meaningless. These people do not seek any element in life, nor do they search for the true meaning of life. . Kafka, the author of the story “The Metamorphosis”, illustrates the concept of meaningless of life through the usage of the character Gregor Samsa, who faces a crisis where he is transformed into a bug-life figure and gradually doubts his own existence. In fact, Kafta mentions Gregor’s transformation in the first sentence of the story.
While Gregor begins are the all mighty, male provider, he regresses into an effeminate state as he no longer can perform his tasks for work. As his transformation into a vermin worsens, he no longer can perform any action and further conforms to the true identity of a bug. Grete, on the other hand, picks up the male provider role that Gregor could no longer perform, but then, as she becomes tired with the work and as Gregor identifies with an “it”, goes back to her female role. Gregor's physical change forces him to degenerate to death, but allows Grete to thrive, growing into a
The movie A Bug 's Life is the story of a colony of ants which are trapped in a vicious cycle of gathering food for the "powerful" grasshoppers every year. One of the ants, Flick decides to rebel against the grasshoppers to end the harsh work forced upon the colony. The primary motivator for continuing to obey the grasshoppers under such horrible circumstances is the fear of the grasshoppers and their dominance. The head grasshopper, Hopper, is shown as being narcissistic, a psychological disorder that involves the lack of empathy for other people and only caring about oneself. Hopper is fully aware that the ants are afraid of him and he uses that to motivate himself to continue his control.
“Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bed chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (47). Victor’s job as a creator is to basically treat it like it is his son and raise him and teach him how to go through life. Rather than fulfilling his obligation as a creator, Victor is terrified by his own creation and runs from it, ignoring his mistake for years, until it comes back into its life in an unfortunate way. Purposely being oblivious to his being and the world around him, Victor did not begin to face his mistake until two years later when he lossed William, his younger
And while they never actually meet one another, as they endure and recover from their own personal problematic experiences with certain men, they are affected immensely by these events. America tries her best balance her new life of being an illegal, living in the ravine of Topanga Canyon with Candido, finding work and preparing for her baby to come. She encounters many different men and situations that continuously make it harder and harder for her to work her way out of their rut and build a decent life in America. “There was no one to protect her, no one to care. All she could see was the image of those animals at the border, the half-a-gringo and his evil eyes and filthy insinuating fingers, the fat white man with his fat white hands, and she withdrew herself, dwelled there deep inside where nobody could touch her” (234).
Steinbeck displays Crook’s isolation by describing how he lives alone in a “little shed,” excluded from the companionship in the bunkhouse. Crook’s possessions include many books that he reads instead of having company. “Crooks was a proud, distant man” because he has no choice but to endure this prejudice and isolation. Consequently, he bitterly guards his privacy, saying to Lennie, “this here’s my room...I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain’t wanted in my room.” This suggests that he is unaccustomed to company making him suspicious of others. Crooks combats his loneliness with books and work, but he realises that these things are no substitute for human companionship, evident when he says, “a guy needs somebody - to be near him”, admitting to being lonely and insinuating that he longs for
The monster on the other hand had known only loneliness from the second he opened his eyes. The monster learns through painful rejection that he will never find companionship because humans are unable to see past his ghastly appearance and in anger tears away one of Frankenstein’s many companions. This begins the spiral of anger and loneliness that leads to the monster killing nearly everyone Frankenstein is close to. This, inadvertently, forces Frankenstein to have the same feelings of anguish and loneliness that he first instigated in the monster. Frankenstein never realises that all the monster wants is a companion, he cannot see his own emotions reflected in his creation.