No matter how hard Gatsby tried to be worthy of Daisy, there were always lies and “foul dust float[ing] in the wake of his dreams” that kept them apart. Ultimately, this same dust killed him in the form of George Wilson who was living in the ash. At the conclusion of the book, Nick reflects on Gatsby’s continued hopeful attitude up to the very end of his life. However, as Nick writes, the different punctuation suggests he is slowly realizing what his experiences with Gatsby really mean.
This is shown through his hypocrisy, and his dark and antisocial outlook on life. Holden’s troubled mind is likely due to his brothers death, as well as his inability to be optimistic or hopeful. The story of the Catcher in the Rye illustrates the dark and painful parts of life, and how damaging it is if one can not see past these to all of the greatness of the
Struggle of Depression The novel Catcher in the Rye exemplifies the motif of depression through the eyes of the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden constantly struggles with depression throughout the novel. His depression is directly linked with the death of his younger brother Allie as, the loss of a loved one has that effect on many. The conformity of the society that Holden lives in allows for no grief causing Holden to spiral downwards into a state of depression.
Waldo’s constant state of sadness indicates that he is stuck at the fourth stage of grief: depression. His inability to progress to the final stage, acceptance, highlights that he is engulfed in his guilt. This characterization of Waldo adds depth to his character that would otherwise not be there. If it was simply stated that he felt sad after Olivia’s death, the reader would not have much to connect with. However, since Russell used imagery to flesh out his character as a boy consumed by guilt, a layer of realism is added to the story.
The poem ‘Life’ Paul Laurence Dunbar uses metaphor in his poem to show the many struggles of life. “A minute to smile and an hour to weep in.” For example, this quote written by Paul Dunbar shows how the happiness in life only lasts for a moment
He anguish he faces daily is heavy on the heart and mind, which makes you question what society is really made up of. As we transition to the creature we will compare the creatures' abandonment, self- isolation to Frankenstein's experiences. To see what bond to they share with each other, what the author wants us to understand…. The creature has one of the saddest existence in the novel; he is introduced to the reader as a horrid monster who was born out of curiosity and ignorance.
In the beginning of William Shakespeare’s introspective play, Hamlet’s first soliloquy finds him as a more melancholic and more desperate character. He faced conflicts involving himself, the people around him, and his environment–how the events that have occurred in his surroundings negatively influenced his character. In Act 1, after enduring an unpleasant encounter at his mother and Claudius’ court, then being asked by his parents not to resume his studies in Wittenberg and rather stay in Denmark, Hamlet starts to have his suicidal thoughts for the very first time. For Hamlet, existence itself is a burden; he desires for his flesh to ‘melt’ and wishes that God had not made ‘self-slaughter’ a sin. Hamlet, then characterizes the world as “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable.”
Scrooge was shown a future in which he did not only die, but was forgotten and loathed by those close to him. To not be shown love even after he died was mind shattering to Scrooge, who expected someone to have some love and compassion for him. Scrooge 's nephew, clerk, and housekeeper had all forgotten, or hated Scrooge in life, and continued to hate him in death. This fear of being forgotten brought Scrooge to tears, and was one of the only things shown to him by the ghosts that he could not bear to look at. Evidence for this being a major factor is self-evident, Scrooge begged to know if he could change the future right after being shown his fate.
The strength drains him, leaving him dead after living a life of sin, weakness, and self-hatred. His weaknesses transform his view of himself until he despises who he is. His feeble attitude is what brings him to lose his final strengths. Because of his inability to admit his sins, Dimmesdale, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, transforms from a holy minister to a self-loathing sinner,
Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov Romanovitch to claim that people must accept and overcome their suffering in order to feel remorse and establish a new life. Raskolnikov lives “crushed by poverty,” “hopelessly in debt to his landlady”, and feels guilty about the murder of Alyona and Lizaveta Ivanovna (1). His physical and mental state reflect his suffering; not only is he delirious most of the time, but is also sick and blames “the weakness of fever” for what he is feeling (77). He constantly lives in a state of denial, though small steps lead to the acceptance of the crime, first seen when he desires to confess to Nikolay at the police station. After he confesses to Sonia, she aids him by offering her sympathy, love, companion and offers him
“ (Hinton 128). As one can see ponyboy is going through denial in this sentence. In this sentence one can see how ponyboy acts he doesn’t want to accept the fact that johnny died. In the stages of grief the best thing to do is accept it. Grief is very hard and it 's even harder to accept that someone like Jimmy knew and love is gone for ever and Jimmy can 't bring them back to life.
In the poem, Paul Laurence Dunbar employs the rhetorical device of rhyme structure to contrast the bondage of individual sorrow with the liberation of action. Although the speaker does not claim divine authority, the poem’s orator possesses a definitive tone, bolstering the argument and beckoning the audience. The first lines of the initial stanza, “I am no priest of crooks nor creeds / For human wants and human needs / are more to me than prophets’ deeds,” display Dunbar’s use of rhyme structure to connect a single idea. Dunbar emphasizes the deeds of a prophet, a religious figure chosen by God to interpret His Will, to perhaps convey that time spent discerning the Will of God causes individuals to lose sight of the wants and needs around them.
This poem makes one consider if they have any control over their own life. Also brings up the idea of the life someone is born into and how it is connected to one's ultimate fate. (Describing one's path to their own destiny is hard to explain(). Don’t worry as much. Also holding a darker () to keep going on().
“ The Journey “ by Mary Oliver is an easy to read poem, yet the overall message is so powerful. The title speaks for itself for the reason being that, “ The Journey “ is literally about a journey one takes throughout their life. One day you wake up and realize this is not the life you want to be living, so you begin to transition. However, with this transition comes hardships that weigh you down and make it seem impossible to succeed. Once you leave all the negativity and keep the determination and drive you will be able to achieve that goal and complete your journey.
The poem of “A Psalm of Life” is less depressing than “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow supports his claims by writing how a person needs to know how life works by not being happy nor sad. The author’s purpose is to point out that we're here for just a small amount of time and that we need to learn to survive to make the best out of it. The author writes in an influential tone for young adults and teens to recognize that there are still lots to learn up ahead in our journey.