The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer portrays a teenager named Christopher McCandless, who is unsatisfied with the conventional and materialistic lifestyle that society has come to value. McCandless’s unusual adventures and subsequent death led to comments describing his actions as irrational and cowardly. Yet, one must fully understand the principle that McCandless was standing for before evaluating his decisions. Christopher McCandless’s values are exemplified in his letter to Ronald Franz, where he emphasizes the need for an individual to take risks and embrace nature; in doing so, he reveals himself as a brave and adventurous man who refuses to let boredom take over his life. Christopher McCandless insists that a life of uniformity is damaging to the adventurous spirit that is inherent to all people, and shows a strong disapproval towards people who fail to maximize their potential for adventure.
When people read a work of literature many expect it to be a literary masterpiece. What makes a work of literature great is not through the approval of society, but by the author pushing his point out to the audience without regarding the disapproval from society he might receive. Although it is a controversial topic of whether Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn needs republishing due to the use of the word “nigger”, the novel teaches many lessons and reveals many truths that the world should know. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not have been republished because, simply put, it is not a racist novel. Adding on, Twain’s original publishing of his book promotes historical accuracy and legitimacy which would be not communicated
He was reckless when it came to how his friends and family would react when he left because their emotions didn’t seem to matter to him when he made the decision to leave them. His narcissism, however, did not show solely through his recklessness with the feelings of others, but also through how unprepared he was. His stubbornness stopped him from accepting help, and his ignorance prevented him from realizing what he needed to do to survive. Chris’s decision to leave was his equivalent to Evel Knievel’s decision to try to jump over a box filled with rattlesnakes and lions. With that stunt, Knievel had put others at risk for the sake of his own personal goal: money and
E.M. Forster in his book Aspects of the Novel says that actors or characters of a novel are “a more important topic”. According to him, since the novelist himself is a human being, there is an affinity between him and his “subject matter” and is thus linked to them more intimately than many of his colleagues. A novelist creates various word masses and gives them possible attributes like name, sex and dialogues to make their personality. However, Forster explains that “they do not come this coldly to his mind” but are created because of his experiences with himself and others, that is, almost all the characters are a reflection of the novelist’s own self or what he has perceived about others. But these perceptions should not be produced exactly like they were.
I’ll be separating foreshadowing into three parts, one discussing how different events predicted the ending, another one discussing how Lennie fit into the story, and the other is how foreshadowing plays a huge role in the story. Even in the first chapter, there are subtle hints that when read again, make sense. When reading the book for the first time, I knew that Lennie’s obliviousness and strength would play a part in the story. To explain further, why would the author put such a personality type in the story if there was nothing major to do with it? Lennie’s personality type is one that is usually put on a character for some kind of purpose.
He then wastes no time in finding personal ties to this event through his family, which shortly thereafter, he states his main argument. Although this use of pathos in the opening is quite enticing, Milbank does not support it properly throughout the piece. As mentioned earlier, he states that the fight for apartheid to end, gay to have protected rights, and environmentalism to be more care for are not really powerful movements in society, though as seen in recent years, many people can beg to differ. Of course, if Milbank had made such a statement with sufficient evidence, it might have had a chance to win the reader over; however, he hardly scratches the surface of any possible evidence that could have been used, which makes this statement seem more like a shallow insult than just a simple criticism. Also, this lack of evidence makes the reader question Milbank’s legitimacy pertaining to this issue, as it begs the question: Does Milbank really know how much sacrifice went into these merely “noble” movements?
Then we moved on to eminent philosophers and scientists, whose works, rightly termed as literature, had massive says in the progression of mankind. Thus, starting by looking at the impact of human history on the literary work produced, our discussion reached a full circle, ending with the impact of literature on our path to the modern world. By no means is this an exhaustive study, nor an in depth analysis, yet I hope it serves to provide a good idea of the topic and hopefully, in the reader, generate an interest to know
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once said. Considering his work, Harrison Bergeron, that seems to be true, a world that worries about equality, generally a good thing, but leads to totalitarianism. Vonnegut criticizes a political issue, the involvement of the state in the lives of individuals and the challenges of changing modern society we face. The author uses his short story to teach a lesson, but a lesson the reader has to conclude for himself. Vonnegut clearly shows the intention of educating his reader, giving him a chance to draw his own conclusion instead of presenting him with a preconceived solution.
Reflective history is when people look back on an event, action, or situation and analyze it in order to understand why it happened and how it influenced the world today. On the other hand, philosophic history needs a little more defining before people are able to connect it to history. When one thinks of philosophy and history they define it as a deep thought or consideration of the events in the past, but what it really does is add to the definition of history the concept of reason. As Hegel said “The only thought which philosophy brings with it, in regard to history, is the simple thought of Reason – the thought that Reason rules the world, and that world history has therefor been rational in its
While he generates a Jesus-like following for those he influenced on his adventure, he lacks the mental fortitude of facing the actuality of death. McCandless begins his adventure with determination that even: “if this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again… now [I] walk into the wild.” (Krakauer, 1). His acknowledgment of the risk in the wilderness and lack of fear highlights him as a code hero. He does not want to die, but he knows embarking on this dangerous adventure his chances are slim. McCandless’ adventure turns fatal averse to the code hero–as is understood from his notes.