Edith Wharton focused her novel Ethan Frome, around the tragic story of the man himself. Ethan lived with his sherd wife, Zeena, and discovered early on in there marriage that happiness was not in the card for him, as he gave up his dreams for fear of being alone. Years into their marriage Zeena's cousin, Mattie, comes to stay with the Fromes. Ethan soon finds himself entranced by the girl, longing to be with her over the women he was married to. The two find themselves falling in love and are devastated when they hear that Zeena has arranged for a new aid to come.
Furthermore, he has to take care of an aging mother and a wacky sister since his father’s death. He never does what his heart tells him to do when he confronts his co-worker, Cheryl Melhoff, to show her the hopeless crush he has on her; neither when he confronts hi new boss (name). This led him to slip into fantasies about the things he would like to experience. It is possible to
As Bryce matured, he realized that Julie was a person of substance and made it his mission to win her back. Throughout the novel, Juli’s feelings changed about her home, the Loski’s and her crush, Bryce. To start, Juli never thought much or cared about the terrible condition of her yard. This changed when Bryce tried to explain why his family would not eat the eggs that Juli gave him. Bryce spat,
This event leaves Walter feeling hopeless but he manages to learn from this mistake and make a choice that unites his family and rekindles their trust in him. As a result of his adversities, Walter loses what he thought to be everything only to realize there’s more to life than money and power. Right off the bat in Act I Scene II, Walter isn’t satisfied with his family’s quality of life. “Well, you tell that to my boy tonight when you put him to sleep on the living room couch. Yeah and tell it to my wife, tomorrow when she has to go out of here to look after
In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls evolved the theme of ideal versus reality throughout her memoir though her countless anecdotes of her father and his unattainable plans to find gold and to build a home, named The Glass Castle, for his family and her mother’s dream to become a professional and well redound artist. Jeannette’s father, Rex Walls was a strong willed and very educated individual. He often fought for his morals and that often resulted in Rex loosing every job he acquired quickly. This resulted in the constant fluctuation in the family’s economic
Reaching a higher class and wealth are aspects of success that many aspire to achieve. Although that may be true, in reality, as a person begins to expand their goals toward the American dream, they tend to spiral downward and crash in the end. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, pertains to an ambitious character; falling short of the American dream, resulting in a tragedy. Specifically, the book follows a young man named Gatsby and his dream to finally meet the love of his life, Daisy, who he hasn't seen in five years. Gatsby goes to great lengths in order to grab Daisy’s attention, by throwing lavish parties, which he had to achieve by becoming a bootlegger.
After living many years with the Finch family, Deirdre admits to him that his therapist doctor, Mr. Finch had sexually abused her during one of her treatment. Due to the stress, he decided that it will be best for him to move out of his host family. While living on his own, he failed college and many more. Augusten realizes that his life, though hard, prepared him for a richer life as a writer in the city. Given all he overcomes, such endeavors fail to scare him any longer.
The Crucible In the story, “The Crucible” John Proctor’s most important concern is his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. John says he only wants to please Elizabeth and is doing all he can to make her happy. He is trying to make up for committing adultery with Abigail when Abigail was working for Elizabeth. In Act two John yells at his wife for suspecting that he did things with Abigail that day he was alone with her. Even though John did at one point have feelings for Abigail, throughout the rest of the story he only worries about what happens to his family and his wife.
There is not a day that goes by that Jay Gatsby does not think about his love, Daisy Buchanan, who he is greatly enamored by and for whom he uses many tactics to attract to him, causing it to seem as if his main concern in life was getting Daisy Buchanan back. He went through many trials and tribulations before he was finally satisfied with Daisy’s presence, but it wasn 't long until she was stripped away from him forever, “vanish[ing] into her rich house, into her rich, full life” (Fitzgerald 156). Many people who read The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, believe that Gatsby is a hopeless romantic, but when you further examine the way in which he goes about trying to reach out to the love of his life, can you truly say he is a
I would mention his name, but we wish it to be a surprise for the two of them. You and your daughter might as well hand over the keys to your allotted row house. You won’t be living there from this moment forward.” “What have you done to our family’s good name!” yelled Mr. Cataula. “I knew you would destroy our reputation one day and now you have.” “What foolishness are you talking about?” asked the Chief Hierarchy hotly. “Danita will need some time to adjust living the same lifestyle as her future husband.” “This is what you deserve you brainless fool!” chuckled his wife’s father, now distraught.
You ain’t satisfied or proud of nothing we done “ (1.2. 315-320). Despite what his mother says, Walter continues to be stubborn and talks Mama into giving him the money to invest in a liquor business. Walter believes receiving this money will allow him and his family to live a comfortable life. As the play progresses, Walter exhibits more and more selfishness which is revealed when he belittles his sister about becoming a doctor.
The American dream still takes residence in many hearts across the nation, but I believe we are not making full use of the opportunity we have been given. The word success is such a promising word. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel; it appears as a seemingly endless journey that everyone is trying to finish. Many associate the American dream with guaranteed success. What many fail to see is what the American dream really is.
On the other hand Curley is always itching to fight bigger and stronger men than himself; trying to prove his worth for his beautiful wife. The couple fails to admit to each other that they are not in love for fear of losing their power and status as individuals. Curley’s marriage is revealed to be a sham through his wife’s conversation with Lennie, “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughtn 't to. I don’ like Curley.” (pg.
(11) Curley’s wife complains to Crooks, Lennie, and Candy about her husband, how he “Spends all his time sayin’ what he’s gonna do to guys he don’t like, and he don’t like nobody. Think I’m gonna stay in that two-by-four house and listen how Curley’s gonna lead with his left twict, and then bring in the ol’ right cross?” (78). Obviously, Curley’s wife did not marry Curley because she loves him, but most likely she may be running from someone or something in her life. The unsatisfied wife endures Curley just so she can live in
Willy is tired, confused, and argumentative, but he loves his son and tried to conform Biff into an enthusiastic, optimistic and confident salesman. Willy is salesman, who returns early from a business trip. After almost collapsing several times, he is enlightened and realized that he should perhaps change his job to once in which he will not be required to travel. Linda, his wife, also realizes that her husband is no longer suitable for his job as a traveling salesman; thus, she suggests that he requests that his manager, Howard, gives him a local job at the New York headquarters. Willy believes this should be possible because of his contribution throughout the years as a respected salesman.