Just as he was going to break the window his wife walks in and he sees that she is not happy so he starts to think maybe he is on that ledge because he ain 't the right for her because he doesn’t make time for her.He thinks back on all the time he could have spent time with her and made his marriage better.Tom started thinking if he did fall off the ledge that she would find someone else and make her happy but then some guy walks in and she looks like they have known each other for a while so he starts thinking has she been using me working so much an excuse to go out and meet other guys and then he gets a rage in his body and break the window and starts to beat the guy up and grabs him and hangs him out the
Events that unfold in a person’s life occur because of uncontrollable circumstances around them as well as their actions. This balance of power of these two forces is never the same in different people. Thus, people fall into two general categories, those at the mercy of the uncontrollable and those who exert more control over their lives than outside forces do. Francis Aloysius Phelan, in William Kennedy’s “Ironweed,” falls into this second category. Francis is a former baseball player in his younger years who know finds himself, at 58, living as a bum in Albany, New York in 1938 during the Great Depression. Francis’ life is one filled with death, destruction and general unhappiness worse than the average person living during the same time
In Jack Finney’s “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets” Tom Benecke makes the right choice when he decides to chase after his wife after he manages to re-enter his apartment. Out in the cold New York air, Tom was beginning to lose hope. He had the paper, but encountered unexpected complications attempting to enter his apartment. Tom realized that, were he to fall, the community would have no way to judge him besides what he was carrying. Their thoughts, he imagined, would be “Contents of the dead man’s pockets… a wasted life” (Finney 14). Tom knew that if people found his body they would (correctly) assume he led a desolate life. He is blunt with himself in calling his life wasted, but this is the moment where he changes his mind about everything. Tom has an
The industrial revolution woke up the sense of humanity in people, yet at the same time It turned it off. To begin with, from the year 1819 through 1901, Great Britain was beginning to face an all new era called the Victorian Era. In fact, this era was named like that, because of queen Victoria. Also, this era was very important because it introduced medical advances, scientific knowledge, and technological knowledge that helped increase work efficiency. However, not all the things that occurred were great. One of the things that were very outrageous, were the working conditions of the employees. As a matter of fact, there were writers, like Charles Dickens with “A Christmas Carol”, Benjamin Disraeli with “Sybil”, and Elizabeth Gaskell with
In Tom Walker’s life, his relationship with his wife reveals that his greed overcame the precious bond of marriage and continued to grow. In the beginning of the story, Irving explains how Tom Walker would deal with his wife stating, “Her husband was continually prying about to detect her secret
St. Cyril of Jerusalem once wrote, “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” The dragon that he spoke of was temptation that distracts us from God and from the route we are meant to take. In many of Flannery O'Connor's works, including "Good Country People," "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," and "The Displaced Person," the dragon takes the form of pride and vanity. In these three short stories by O'Connor, the characters of Helga, General Sash, and Mrs. McIntyre are all distracted, by their pride and vanity, from reality.
“Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family”-Unknown. This quote relates directly to my story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner. Barn Burning is a story of family, loyalty, and morality and answers the question “how far does loyalty to family go?”. This story follows a boy named Sarty that is at the age where he starting to figure out what kind of person he will be in life. Sarty is a fascinating and dynamic young boy that faces a major ethical dilemma.
Many believe that human lives are defined in moments; they are days that place an imbedded footprint in the human timeline and are hard to wash away. Along with those moments, there are more provoking objects that stay longer and plant themselves deeper than a memory ever could. It is a mother’s hairpin given on a wedding day, a grandfather’s pocket watch received before he died, or a beloved brother’s old t-shirt passed down. In any case, the articles and trinkets humans encounter take refuge in their lives and seem to become a part of who they are. In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the narrator, referred to as IM, comes across a briefcase that defines him far greater than any day of his life. It is throughout the novel that IM’s briefcase
As Joe’s excitement mounted to give rides on his newly purchased boat, his joy soon turned to dread as one of his beloved passengers tumbled into the water. The author, Horatio Alger Jr., of “Joe’s Reward” writes a story of a hero named Joe, who rescues a wealthy man’s niece that ends with an offer of a reward. The text consists of Joe’s actions that happen to drive the plot using specific events. Throughout the story, Horatio uses myth-like elements, such as a damsel in distress, a heroic act, and the hero receiving and turning down a reward, to assist the plot in moving forward.
George Wilson, a poor car mechanic had been lucky enough to marry a “stunning women” like Myrtle, and he refused to let her leave. He would have given up a part of his life if Myrtle had left, leaving him with the title of a selfish man. He didn’t care whether or not Myrtle was happy, he just wanted her with him at all times. Tom on the other hand had a different perspective on life, but he still was a selfish man. He had been associated with a numerous amount of affairs, and still felt as though it was Daisy’s fault for her wanting to leave him. Although she knew she couldn’t, Tom still took action in protecting his wife he barely cares emotionally for. Life changes when you have an extra buck, and it sure has for these two men. Their attitudes toward women, their ways of showing violence, and their reactions to being cuckolded have all changed. But what hasn’t changed is that, at the end of the day, all they care about is
The Brennans were a fairly well like family in Mumbilli. That was up until Daniel, the eldest son, crashed his car under the influence of alcohol that killed two of his friends and rendered his cousin Fin a quadriplegic. The Story of Tom Brennan follows the lives of Daniel’s family after the incident and the amount of pain and suffering they went through. The story has a heavy focus on Daniel’s younger brother and year eleven student Tom and his life with all of the torment and pain. “Everything we do in life affects others.” (pg 131) Daniel’s actions on the night of the crashed changed the lives of his family forever.
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of how the standards of society influence two siblings. Tom and Laura Wingfield are two miserable people who no matter how hard they try, cannot seem to fit in. The play takes place in St. Louis, 1937, in which men and women have specific roles and expectations. Men are expected to have jobs, get married and provide for their family. Women are expected to get married, have babies and stay home to raise their children. However, in The Glass Menagerie, Tom and Laura defy these roles due to their own self image and ambition.
Often individuals are prevented from achieving satisfaction due to a fundamental flaw in their character. In the case of Willy Loman, this flaw is his excessive pride and ambition. For the majority of his life, Willy has been primarily influenced by his brother Ben’s success. This has caused him to develop a sense of ambition that is both unrestrained and idealistic. Over the course of his lifetime, both Willy and his sons fall short of the impossible standards of this dream. Willy conducts his whole life based on the belief that any man who is good-looking, charismatic, and “well-liked” deserves success and will naturally achieve it (1.30). He attempts to make his mark by working as a salesman because, according to him, “selling [is] the greatest
In the book of the Christmas hunt by Borden Deal is a book with a very wide crossed of themes. As a lesion in the book Be patient and not go head first into the plan. In the beginning, the first couple of pages of the book Tom was yelling at his father. .For attention. Like a typical 10 year old to do. For asking his Father for going to the Christmas hunt. His father refused to let him come. As Tom gets mad about this. He runs up the stairs. Then goes to bed and dreams about on if he did go. As the other hunters stopped to look at the brilliant shots he had done. And having his dad say I was wrong. After he shot multiple birds. in the beginning of the story is probably frustration and exited. Because Tom got refused to come with his father. During the middle of the
Sigmund Freud once said, “Most people do not really want freedom because freedom involves responsibility and most people are frightened of responsibility.” This quote in my opinion means that even though most people say they want freedom to do whatever they want, they really don’t because they’re too scared to accept responsibility for their actions. The character John hurt a lot of people in this novel because he is too afraid to be responsible. He would rather have a party than take care of a sick man’s house. He is not a good role model. In The Pigman by Paul Zindel, the character John Conlan’s philosophy on life is too irresponsible and selfish.