Characters, especially Vladek, might be forgetting to mention important things, or making up others without even realising it. Thus, the issue of subjectivity is always there, as well as the idea that what we encounter in testimony writings is usually based on the experiences of an individual and cannot represent objectively the real history of what happened. In that sense, what we find in Maus is “just” the testimony of a person who has undergone a traumatic experience and is handling it down to his son, both making him aware of what happened to him and making his son feel guilty, sad, and also traumatised for what happened to his family, but not to
Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111).
For Phineas he found it in himself to forgive Gene and not take genes obsessive phase too personally, but to Gene,becoming a component of Phineas is his purpose. Phineas becomes dependent on Gene to play sports through his guidance, Gene in reciprocation becomes dependent on Phineas’ guidance, comity, and how to be the prosperous person he is. This quotation settled the Codependence between the two. This Codependence that dies with Phineas hurts Gene in an unimaginable way. Gene does not feel as though Phineas has died; but as if he a component of himself had died.
Determinism vs. Free Will in Ethan Frome The novel Ethan Frome introduces many different themes throughout the plot. Probably the most apparent of these is the concept of whether Ethan Frome is able to exercise his own free will or if his life is already determined for him ahead of time. Due to the various situations that Ethan encounters during the course of the novel such as him not being able to obtain his engineering degree, his unpleasant marriage to Zeena, and ultimately his attempt to escape everything with Mattie, all pertain to the fact that although Ethan was able to make some choices, the overall path of his life seems to be predetermined for him already. The first introduction of Ethan’s lack of free will can be traced to when
Everybody has to go through life, through ups and downs and everything. While going through life routines and shortcuts start to develop and the lines between illusion and reality become blurred. But, when a new struggle comes up, which can't be easily crossed then you might create a fake reality. Whether you yearn for the past and are remembering it to be better than it actually was or a whole different reality is what stays in the mind of many characters in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. One of the most blatant illusion examples that is seen as reality in The Great Gatsby involves the main character actually; Mr. Gatsby himself.
Ralph Emerson once said,” Envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide” (370). In the novel, A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles readers are taken on a journey about a young boy named Gene Forrester who struggles finding himself. Gene faces these obstacles because he is determined to be his best friend, Finny in every aspect. The novel demonstrates how Gene finds that there is no separate peace after a challenging period at Devon, where he grows from a boy to a young man ready for war. In the novel readers see countless times where Gene conforms for Finny and by doing this Gene starts envying and imitating Finny.
People have their own way of coping with the many challenges they may face throughout life. Some people deny their feelings, some repress their feelings, and some project their feelings onto other people. A prime example of all three defense mechanisms can be found in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The characters Jay Gatsby, George Wilson, and Daisy and Tom Buchanan all divert their problems with becoming attached to loved ones by using the defense mechanisms denial, repression, and projection. First, Gatsby denies his affair with Daisy and does not see it for what it truly is.
Everybody has to go through life, through ups and downs and everything. While going through life routines and shortcuts start to develop and the lines between illusion and reality become blurred. But, when a new struggle comes up, which can 't be easily crossed then you might create a fake reality. Whether you yearn for the past and are remembering it to be better than it actually was or a whole different reality is what stays in the mind of many characters in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. One of the most blatant illusion examples that is seen as reality in The Great Gatsby involves the main character actually; Mr. Gatsby himself.
Gene is slightly athletic, but not in the way Finny is, and Gene is envious of his friend. Another example is Finny wanting to further his academic abilities. Gene is resentful of Finny, because Gene does much better in academics than Finny and doesn't want Finny to be smart. Gene thinks that Finny is trying to compete so Gene devotes much of his time studying and focusing on his studies. The final example is Finny and his good naturedness and likeability.
Ernest Hemingway’s characters are frequently tested in their faith, beliefs, and ideas. To Hemingway’s characters, things that appear to be grounded in reality and unmovable facts frequently are not, revealing themselves to be hollow, personal mythologies. Hemingway shakes his characters out of their comfortable ignorance through traumatic events that usually cause a certain sense of disillusionment with characters mythologies, moving them to change their way of life. His characters usually, after becoming disillusioned, respond with depression, suicide, and nihilism. However, this is not always the case.
Theme 1.1: Envy. In Knowles’s coming of age book, “A Separate Peace”, there are lots of mishaps that happen and the beginning of these mishaps is when one of his main characters, Gene, starts thinking malicious things about Phineas, his friend. It started out as a small inkling of envy, suddenly later on in the book, it turned into something that resembled a fractious disaster. As the chapters progress, Gene shows the readers his way of thinking towards Phineas, by describing his “unexpected excitement” (27) when Phineas was about to receive a scolding from Mr. Patch-Wither, the substitute headmaster of Devon during the summer session. Surprisingly, when Phineas (aka Finny) further explained why he wore the school tie as a belt, his illogical
Finny 's harmless reaction leads Gene to realize that Finny does not want him to leave. Gene now tells Brinker, Finny 's apparent relief, that he no longer wants to enlist. Gene feels deep inner peace as he trains with Finny and sometimes finds it difficult to really believe in the widespread