Similar to Revolutionary Road, wife and husband’s different notions of self-fulfilment and dealing with a disappointing daily life contribute to severe problems in their relationship. American Beauty, however, does not emphasise the inability to compensate for a failed marriage between two partners who have forgotten how to love each other, but rather highlights the relationship between Carolyn, materialistic values and her blind urge to ensure an social power. Lester himself states, “Our marriage is just for show. A commercial for how normal we are; when we are anything but” (American Beauty). Carolyn does her best to keep up appreances according to her idol, Buddy ‘local-real-estate’ King’s principle “In order to be successful, one must project an image of success.
This constantly reminds readers of why Odysseus has to be back in Ithaca. As suiters “feed on another’s goods and go scot-free” and aim to marry Penelope, Homer vividly describes how Telemachus is not able to handle the uproar of the suitors and Penelope “[falls] to weeping for Odysseus, her beloved husband.” By knowing this information – that is blind to Odysseus but not to the readers – the readers are able to understand the urgency of Odysseus’s household. By doing this, Homer emphasizes not only Odysseus’s responsibility as a ruler, but also his duty as a husband and a father, leading readers to regard Penelope as the main drive for Odysseus’s grand journey. Therefore, the readers are able to deduce that the reason Odysseus has to return home is to protect his household, especially Penelope who is continuously forced to marry one of the
Instead of introducing the reader to a completely sympathetic character, Ron is both critical and a hypocrite: While he at one hand criticizes the western tourists in his hometown for visiting poor, third world countries just to feel better about themselves, he does the exact same on his own travels. Instead of trying to make a change in a world filled with inequality, the less fortunate countries are exploited for amusement. While we might be interested in them as long as it concerns their interesting history and beautiful scenery, as soon as we are faced with serious and dehumanizing issues in the country that need fixing, we run home to our own comfortable lives – exactly as Ron does after being confronted with real desperation due to social inequality. Ron is clearly unable to see his own privilege; instead of making the most of his life, he floats around aimlessly. Furthermore, Georgalakis is critical of the idea that travelling will make you a better person.
Carpe diem is to use the urge of someone to make most of the present time and give little thought to the future. Carpe diem is a smaller theme in this poem and it is demonstrated near the end when the two lovers were about to part ways. It is best explained through the quotation, “Wait for a while, then slip downstairs / And bring us up some chilled white wine,” (25-26). This quotation explains the carpe diem in the poem because the male or the speaker in this poem is urging his lover to just go and grab snacks and come back to him. By doing this the male is more worried about spending time with his lover in this moment, he is not thinking much about what will happen in the future.
The newlyweds are far-fetched candidates to take after spinning ahead with such a great amount of nobility of movement. As the mentor feels this new environment is ideal for the couple, the last considered the new bequest as an uncomfortable outsider. Additionally, they viewed it as something that pushes them to the effortlessness of their past lives. With metaphors, Crane depicts the discomfort and mystery looked by the two newlyweds when they come back to Yellow sky (22). The narrator shows that Yellow town is ease back to progress and this is portrayed by the single watchman at the train station and the couple of benefactors at bar.
During this time, many people traveled to California in search of jobs and an easier life. George and Lennie, one of the many migrant workers, had a dream of one day owning their own property, but with a turn of events they lose their chance at this dream and end up alone and devastated. However, George and Lennie’s compassion for each other manages to override the story’s dark mood. In his book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck suggests that companionship is paramount to living a good life. Steinbeck chooses to reveal this theme through his characters Curley, Crooks, George and Lennie.
While on social media you are free to be who you want to be and never have to show your true reality to portray the life you want to have. Then when we must go away from social media to be in “reality” we do end up feeling homesick for Disneyland, or in this case, social media or our want to be world. The film left me wondering, did Truman ever miss his “fake” world or life that he believed to be true for so many years after escaping it? Did he ever accept his “reality” as real or fake? I would like to think after careful observation at the end when he bowed and said, “in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night” that he accepted his fake reality but was ready to have a “real” life.
On the contrary Twain is fully observant of the change and contemplates “whether he has gained most or lost most by learning his trade” (66). He is confronted with a dilemma that we often confront: is the power of beauty more important for the soul than the knowledge that enlightens it? This urges us to reflect the change in outlook we go through and respond to the impact of this change. Didion retrospects her past for understanding of “home.” In her discovery of the meaning of home and encounter with her past she lost the little connection she had with her roots. There is a bridge between Didion and her ‘home’ that is now broken as she realizes there is nothing left that helps her connect to the idea of home.
In conclusion this is a poem with a singular purpose to demonstrate that white people and coloured people are virtually the same and that the main remaining differences are that of economic privilege that though he is as smart as his classmates a simple task such as going home is a long trek to different side of the city. To achieve this effect Hughes includes some subtle changes to the irregularity of the poem in both instances where his instructor is directly involved at the beginning and end of the poem respectively there is rhyme present “somewhat more free this is my page for english B”. This is what ordinary poetry features rhyme and structure, however by writing the bulk of his poem in free flowing verse Hughes manages to convey the message that a coloured man such as himself can make poetry but he does not have to play by the rules of a white man. Some may even go so far as to suggest that the free verse of the poem suggests the freedom of coloured people from slavery and to do as they wish. Such freedoms allowed the men and women such as Langston Hughes to live their lives as they saw fit and even to venture into areas which previously were so white dominated, this perhaps is the true meaning of the poem the simple struggle of a young coloured man to achieve what is now his right, the right to do whatever he
When we travel especially travel abroad, we are expose to different culture and lifestyles. For example, the architectural design between The East and The West is quite different and each country has its own specific architecture, therefore, it brings enthusiasm and high satisfaction to the traveller when they set foot in the strange nation. Another advantages of traveling is that it helps to creates memories for a lifetime between us and our family member if we travel with them. These memories will create a bond that nothing can erase no matter what happens with the relationship. It is very important because most people will neglect their relationship between them with their family member or their friends because nowadays people are busy doing their work.