Scott Fitzgerald and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” a lack of God is evident to the audience. In both works, the lack of God proved troublesome to many characters. In upper class characters, including Jay Gatsby, and Tom and Daisy Buchanan, there is no mention of religious affiliation. They are self-absorbed, excessive drinkers, and lie in order to achieve what they want. “In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the God is one who does not interfere with what people are doing on Earth.
In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the main character, Meursault, struggles to conform to the societal norms that are expected of him due to him being an absurdist. Absurdism is based on the idea that the universe has no order or meaning and that humanity’s search for meaning to the universe is fundamentally futile. As an absurdist, Meursault views society’s standards and rules as unnecessary and pointless and because of this belief, he does not grieve after losing his mother because he feels it to be unnecessary. His lack of grief, however, contrasts with his neighbor, Salamano’s, intense grief after losing his dog on the street despite having a poor and relationship with his dog. Salamano’s grief represents the societal norms of grieving, and
Holden Caulfield lives his life as an outsider to his society, because of this any we (as a reader) find normal is a phony to him. Basically, every breathing thing in The Catcher in the Rye is a phony expect a select few, like Jane Gallagher. What is a phony to Holden and why is he obsessed with them? A phony is anyone who Holden feels is that living their authentic life, like D.B. (his older brother).
His meaning of life is much different than the masses, he is a man with no care in the world and believes that the world has no meaning or purpose. He believes that life’s inevitability is death, which means that all our lives are equally meaningless if everyone's collective potential ends in the same place. With this mindset, Meursault never seems to have any emotions which are highlighted throughout the
“Why does he pay you like that?” Asked Scout, “ because that’s the only way he can pay me. He has no money.”(23) responds Atticus when questioned why he is allowing Walter Cunningham to pay him in this manner. The Cunningham’s are above the Ewells in the caste system while still remaining under the other white members of Maycomb. Atticus has empathy towards Walter, because he knows that Walter will be able to pay him back in return, although they are poor, they do not take things from others they know that they can’t pay back in return. They did not even take “no church baskets and no script stamps.
Unknowingly to him, he is powerless in his situation, and it is the villagers who maintain the power. In this meaningless world, there is a lack of laws, reason, and logic, and the man will receive nothing at the hands of the villagers, whether it is pity, sympathy, care, aid, or water. The man uses his freedom of choice in the wrong way. Believing he would be released, the man hoped his escape would
What makes someone a villain? One must make decisions that will hurt others around them. Julius Caesar was a villain because many people did not like him, he broke Roman tradition, and he wasn’t truthful to his supporters. One of the reasons Julius Caesar should be considered a villain is because he was disliked/hated by many people. The people who disliked him because they thought he was going to do anything to gain power and glory.
Through indirect characterization, Sandra Cisneros’ vignette “Geraldo No Last Name” demonstrates that your social status is a big contributor to how you are treated in society. For instance, when the narrator describes Geraldo, they acknowledge the fact that “They never saw the kitchenettes. They never knew about the two-room flats and sleeping rooms he rented”. Cisneros gives readers enough details to conclude that because Geraldo is recognized as just another brazer and wetback, he is forced to live in these poor conditions because society views him as irrelevant. People with low social status are often ignored by society because they are seen as insignificant.
His situation is not the same situation for all. Another example of this appears when he writes, “Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance” (553). He again leaves out the masses. Alexie argues that his parents “never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams” (551). The argument that being poor makes you a nobody is not well developed because Alexie’s only source is his own family.
Furthermore, Joe likes revealing other people’s secrets and does not understand what privacy is. By neglecting Drew’s feelings, Joe exposes to Bill that Drew cheated on his exam to get his diploma (Brest). This shows that Joe is unsympathetic. Moreover, Joe is very selfish since he misused his powers and took an innocent life just so he could explore the human world. This shows that he is inconsiderate and selfish and does not care for others.