Loneliness is the downfall of people with weak character of all ages and genders. In the novella, Of Mice and Men, the quest for a cure to the desolate life is represented by Crooks’ struggle with relationships and the demise of Curley’s wife. Crooks defensive manner and cruel actions toward Lennie, the only person attempting to befriend him, conflict with his aspiration for friendship. Curley’s wife’s behavior differs in that she attempts to draw people into her life even when it’s not reciprocated. The timeless theme of this story applies today to anyone who uses others to make themselves feel wanted.
The books are burned; Mildred and other innocent people die; the disorder in the society is not fixed and it might pass to the next generation. “Fahrenheit 451” uses a lot of imagery to portray the features of the wrong society and the people live in the condition. It makes me think of the lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, “People talking without speaking; people hearing without listening; people writing songs that voices never share and no one dared disturb the sound of silence.” People notice the oddness in the society but yet they never dare or care to change. They wear smiling masks, but under the masks, tears are falling and hearts are breaking. Perhaps the best ending for the censored society is to fall apart and break.
He regarded him as an accomplished experimentalist and also observed the muscle of his intuition. “I believe that Newton could hold a problem in his mind for hours and days and weeks until it surrendered to him its secret” (Keynes, 1942). Keynes believed that Newton was a magician. Newton imagined the universe as a riddle made to the whims of God, the Almighty, and left it to mankind to unravel the mysteries of this universe. The answers of these riddles could be revealed by applying pure thought by means of certain evidence.
The main point of this story, Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, is how the people that society look down upon see things from different points of view. An example of this is the main character, Paul, who society looks down upon, as they consider him blind, however, he often sees what others do not and has excessive knowledge of the world around him. Even though he sees everything, he does not say what he knows and others do not ask him, for they believe he has no knowledge of the problems. After moving to Tangerine, he sees his brother doing horrible things and his parents none the wiser. His friend suffers at the hands of his brother and consequently, ends up dying, and afterwards, Paul feels much guilt for the words unsaid.
At the end of the story, the reader can indicate that Ralph has lost his innocence by the quote, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 261). Being under a dictatorship can demolish any kind of sanity one has. Now Ralph has realized what power and manipulation can do to one person. He never intentionally plans on becoming a savage, and unfortunately, he misses his dignity. In response, Boyd comments, “It is rather the coming of an awareness of darkness, of the evil in man’s heart that was present in the children all along” (Boyd 27).
He is surrounded by poverty and any luxury is scarce. It is not until he is called to Satis House, he is given a chance to alter his fate. Unlike Pip, Estella has grown up with wealth but she has received little to no kindness and has endured a cold world of decay and dust with Ms. Havisham. On first meeting Pip, Estella scolds him for being “coarse and thick”, this leads to Pip becoming ashamed of his social background. Alfred Adler claims that this interaction gives Pip a feeling of inferiority thus allowing him to adopt a submissive role towards Estella (Adler), their conversation also fuels Pip’s desire to establish social class even greater.
Through the short story, Le Guin gives the reader the question: would you be able to live in a utopia knowing that there is a young child suffering for your happiness? Le Guin tells the reader that one should not be able to live in a perfect utopia (Omelas) knowing that the citizens are having to abuse a young child and rip him of his innocence just for the sake of their own happiness. Some may say that the central conflict for “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” is man versus man because it is the people of Omelas against the young boy in the closet. However, I would disagree. I believe the central conflict of the story is man versus society.
It is a suffering child imprisoned under the basement in one of the beautiful public buildings of the city (Le Guin par. 8). Everyone knew of this child, but every single citizen of Omelas also knew that their happiness depended on its misery, as cruel as that sounds. Although most of Omelas were fine with this idea for as long as they remain happy, some were not. They had an internal struggle; a feeling of guilt, knowing that as they go on with their normal happy lives and festivities, that child lives in that dark corner of the basement, tormented from pain and isolation from the rest of Omelas.
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
His feelings of loneliness and isolation are transformed into cynicism as he is extremely judgmental towards everything and the world around him. This could be linked to the fact that he is unable to fit in and so he decides to act superior and be negative towards those around him to make himself feel better. The reader would think that Holden feels like he’s disappearing because he has no one to share his thoughts and feelings with or feel that the lack of family support contributes to his mental instability. Perhaps, Salinger presented Holden in such a way to highlight the importance of family support or suggest how significant its effects are. This is shown at the beginning of the novel to reflect how his childhood was traumatised in the past and highlights the significance of childhood in later
Omelas is known to be a “perfect” society but there was this room that had no windows and there was a child who was trapped to there. He was beat everyday in order for the town to remain peaceful and the people who came and saw the child left in tears and anger. “They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back” (4). These people don’t accept the world for how it is, and they are determined to do something. They need freedom for themselves from this cursed town, and they can’t free the child so they free themselves, even though it means leaving this paradise and going to the
Now Ponyboy has to deal with more than his over-responsible brother, Darry. After reading this book, one idea stood out to me the most. I believe that the best theme for The Outsiders is that communication is better than violence because it solves nothing, there 's no reason to do it, and it always has negative consequences. First of all, violence rarely solves any conflicts. On page 117 in the book, Randy the Soc states, "I 'd fight if I thought it 'd do any good."
Ish’s reason to leave Milt and Ann is that they “were city-dwellers, and when the city died, they would hardly survive without it” (75). Ish knows that Milt and Ann will not survive without the city but he does not have any cold hard facts to base his assumptions off of which always leaves him wondering if he’s made the right decision. When Ish was uncertain about his loathing towards Charlie, he looked towards Ezra for his opinion. When he saw that Ezra was also questioning Charlie, “Ish felt himself both reassured and justified” (233). Ish does not even trust his own decisions because there are no facts up front for him to see how he made his assumption.
Ramifications of chasing traditional rewards in, “How Not to Get into College”, “Somnambulist”, and “Iced- Cream” “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s dream”. Implying that The authors develop the message that people assume extrinsic rewards equal joy and satisfaction in their lives. However, their intentions ultimately lead to lives filled with regret, and disappointment in the process of achieving their goals. People assume that chasing extrinsic rewards will bring back the joy and comfort back into their lives, yet they are only left in depression. First of all, in Alfie Kohn’s essay, the students in fear of the future, view grades as a resolution to their problems.