Hawthorne displays images of the forest that stand in stark contrast to the images given to Puritan society. The narrator describes Puritan culture as the “black flower of civilized society” (43). This picture gives the setting a sense of cold confinement because of the strict Puritan culture and ideals. Within the novel, the narrator portrays this civilization as strict and orderly, requiring religious obedience from all its citizens.
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Even this, however, does not constitute an ethical transgression on McCandless’ part. If Into the Wild proves anything, it is that McCandless is not suicidal, making any hurt caused by him completely unintentional. Chris spends large parts of his days ensuring that he will have enough food by hunting (164), reads about edible plants before going into the woods so that he will know what to consume (160), and ultimately, leaves a note which asks for help when he realizes he can no longer make it out of on his own (12). He has every intention of coming out of Alaska alive, which means that any emotional harm caused to his relatives is entirely accidental. McCandless never intends to hurt
One of the many rebellious acts of McCandless is when he went against the standard government. McCandless refused to buy a hunting license because “How [he fed himself was] none of the government's business, fuck their stupid rules”(pg6). McCandless shows a teenager trait because he did not respect the government, which makes him sounds invincible and care free. During his time in the wild he was looking for himself and he felt that isolation was the best way possible to find happiness. In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”
Seton-Watson, a British Historian stated “He was a devoted husband and father, loved the country and wildlife, and was a good landlord. Of constitutional, social and economic problems, he understood little.” In the matter of demands for political freedom and equal rights, the Tsar turned a deaf ear to constant liberals. His belief that it was his right to have unlimited control over the Russian people was of more importance than the harsh lives of the Russian peasants which formed 70% of his subjects. His inability to understand the existing social conditions in Russia and needs of the lower social classes enhanced the Tsar’s ignorance towards issues that Russia was confronted with within the 20th century.
McMurphy is in no way an ideal hero. He does care for the patients, but his original motive is himself. He is carefree, perhaps almost careless toward the end of the novel. Miss Ratched is the antagonist of the story about mentally ill patients, but also to McMurphy’s story. She is out to snuff out his flame because a spark is all that is needed to start a forest
To intensify the situation and to show more signs of isolation, the personification of the wilderness is used to impersonate the calm and quiet night, “around our group I could hear the wilderness listen, (line 16).” Stafford quotes that the speaker could hear the wilderness listen, revealing that the forest is at peace regardless of the choice that the speaker makes. The wilderness resembles the world and peace is commonly associated with acceptance of a given situation, Stafford implies that the world does not show sympathy for anyone. The speaker must accept the terms of being unable to save the unborn fawn’s life and move on. Similar to one’s life, one should be appreciative of the blessings
“Rare individuals, like the Leopard Man, isolates themselves from society in order to free themselves from society’s pressures.” Tom Leppard, also known as the Leopard Man, secedes himself from society and lives in a small cabin located in the Scottish woods. Nonconformists who mutilate their bodies to gain attention are “slaves to society’s demands.” However, unlike the Leopard Man, who claims to being living in “paradise,” is proud of what he has become which proves that he is the exact opposite. In the Article, ”The Sociology of Leopard Man,” by Logan Feyes, argues that in order to be an individual human, you must have “individual tastes, talents, values, and dreams that are distinct from those of others.”
These two foil ideas make up the entirety of this story. Chris believes society is bad and nature is good. As readers, we cannot judge Chris’ opinions entirely, but we can form our own opinions. Society is not as corrupt as Chris believed, and nature is not as beautiful if you have no point in being there. This story is about a journey of Chris McCandless, the man who left society for isolation.
Robinson Crusoe is a common man who disobeys his father and escapes from the house to go on business. The key point is that Defoe portrays his, somewhat humanist, beliefs in human potentialities and powers through this ordinary character; it implies that every man can be success like Crusoe, although they have to get through some sufferings, if they do their best in living. Crusoe uses his ability, plus Puritan work ethics, to trade and do agriculture. He is a successful merchant. Additionally, on the isolated island, he industriously grows crops and develops the land until he can live his life out of them.
The critical flaw in the collective state that Equality capitalizes on to escape lies within its very foundation. Anthem best exemplifies this flaw through Equality’s escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention, as he describes “It was easy to escape the Palace of Corrective Detention. The locks are old on the doors and there are no guards about. There is no reason to have guards, for men have never defied the Councils so far as to escape from whatever place they were ordered to be” (66-67). The Council believes the fallacies it espouses, making it easy for Equality to escape.
In the excerpt from the opening of The Beet Queen , Louise Endrich, portays Karl and Mary as an addition and subtraction to the town of Argus. Louise Endrich shows the role the environment plays which has an impact on how the two children are viewed through literary devices such as, imagery, her point of view, and selection of detail. Every day people are affected by the environment in which they are in. Everyone is affected differently by their surroundings just how Karl and Mary were affected differently by arriving at Argus. How people react to the situations they are put in exhibits their qualities and ability to handle tough situations.