This is mainly a result of both characters being idealists and rejecting change. Whilst both characters thrive in the past they struggle in reality with their individual distinct flaws. It is the faults in their characters that, not only makes them distinct, though is what leads to their ultimate fall at the end of each novel. Holden Caulfield and Jay Gatsby struggle with the present because they tend to reject reality by being overly self-interested. Holden Caulfield appears to not “fit in” anywhere and leads him to view most people as “phony” as an
Leonidas Smiley, Wheeler quickly changes the subject to someone with a similar name, who is completely irrelevant to the conversation. This not only demonstrates his inability to stay on topic but also shows how his attention span is so short that he can not remember what he is originally asked about. Another way which reveals Wheeler’s character through his language is through his poor grammar. His poor grammar is evident in many places throughout his narration, and one particular instance when he says “Lots of the boys here has seen that Smiley, and can tell you about him” (Twain 392). Wheeler's grammar is incorrect and he should have actually said: “Lots of the boys here have seen Smiley, and can tell you about him”.
His rebellion appears to have more disadvantages than advantages as it complicates his life in many cases. It leads him into making uninformed decisions. It is, therefore, true to say that Sammy 's rebellion in the John Updike 's A & P is more futile than heroic and only makes negative complications in his life. Sammy’s rebellion can be seen from the beginning of the story to the end. He openly shows a negative attitude towards almost everybody, including the customers.
Social Isolation: A Lack of Belonging in Ondaatje’s The English Patient Loneliness is a common yet unpleasant emotional response to isolation. A feeling of isolation can be caused through a disconnection to society; sometimes because of a person’s race or their gender. In a society that is becoming increasingly liberal at a surprising rate, many believe that this discrimination will become obsolete. However, in Ondaatje’s The English Patient, the characters’ nationalities and genders are made obvious, suggesting that a person’s race or gender can lead to a lack of a sense of belonging thereby preventing them from succeeding. Kirpal, and Indian man fighting for the British army, finds himself torn between his obligation to the army and his
Holden seems to be ostracised and victimized from the world around him. Interactions with others confuse and overwhelm him, so Holden is usually isolated. Holden is in this weird situation where he desires companionships or to interact with others but he ends up backing out. The reason behind his alienation could be the fact that others alienate him, he alienates himself, or both for that matter. In chapter twenty, he
In this imagined society, technological tools fascinate people – they desire them and practically dream about them. This essay will demonstrate that people are so accustomed to the presence of mass media that they unconsciously become anti-intellectual because the society does not encourage them to use their critical thinking, as the majority prefers simplicity rather than complexity e.g. details in books. In fact, the mass electronic media encourages conformity, censorship, and only brings bleak consequences rather than happiness. The society appears utopic in nature, but in reality people who live there are miserable and unhappy.
In other words, he substantiates the erroneous common opinion that uneducated person stands lower than an educated one. What’s more, sometimes a person without a formal education can understand the laws of life much better. The author depicts it in a plain, reserved, whacked from life judging from his appearance Polish refugee Sobel. He describes him as “a young man but old”. Although Sobel doesn’t have any education, he loves reading.
He also shows a little distaste for his brother because he has luxuries. Question About the Passage: 1. What keeps Holden’s relationship with his brother strong? Catcher In The Rye:Chapter 2: Significant Passage: “You never knew if he was nodding a lot because he was thinking and all, or just because he was a nice old guy that didn 't know his ass from his elbow.” Speaker: Holden Caulfield Audience: the reader Significance to the story: The reason he says this sentence is because he thinks that all adults pretend like they aren’t as knowledgeable as young people. He also thinks they aren’t as aware of their surroundings and up to date with current trends.
His father was sought as lazy, weak—things Okonkwo fought so hard not to become. Although, respectfully Okonkwo rose to his station, he is often met with problems of pride when it comes to maintaining this status. He seems to be a very introverted character who has a tough time expressing his emotions, if ever. “Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a
The conscious transformation accompanied by the necessary intellectual development creates a patch work of orthodox, unorthodox, idealistic and practical business minded activities. Jagan’s lack of curiosity and consequent ignorance of the fast-changing world become, incidentally, a barrier between him and his son, him and the rest of the world. Jagan’s portrayal is however, not a simple caricature for Narayan’s use of irony is highly ambiguous. William Hayden Moore 's analysis of Narayan’s technique seems limited for he finds Narayan depending “considerably on brilliant caricature” and on the ‘humorous’ men like Mr. Sampath behaving like a character out of Ben Jonson and• Dickens. “The comedy in Narayan,” Moore states, “emerges from the presentation of absurdity that comes from deviation from accepted Indian customs.” (57) With a remarkable truthfulness and compassion Narayan depicts the gap between the pretense and the actual modes of behavior.