"To be of want of it...is to live out of the world, or to be despised if you come into it;" (lines 2-4). William Hazlitt compares the desire of money to ultimate rejection by society. Hazlitt explains that individuals who want more money will never gain the approval or the status of the wealthy. Another example of his use of metaphor is, "To be in want of it...it is to be compelled to stand behind a counter, or to sit at a desk in some public office, or to marry your landlady, or not the person you would wish;" (lines 16-19). He compares the never-ending anguish of wanting money to having to work a low-level job or never being with the person you want.
Selfish. These are all traits that would describe Walter Lee and his actions. Walter Lee is a character from the play A Raisin in the Sun in which a black family tries to get out of poverty and go against stereotypes by trying to start over with their Grandpa’s life insurance money. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry explores the concept that greed leads to being blinded by money and forgetting about one’s loved ones as shown by the climax of the play, the character of Walter Lee, and the effect that his actions have on the rest of his family. The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves.
During the Great Depression money and jobs were a difficult thing to attain, instead, what Frank Lucas does is steal money and pursue immoral acts to achieve his desires. This ties in with Frank Lucas in the film because he does corruptive actions, like the one’s in this quote, that prove his character becomes destroyed by immorality. It is evident that Gatsby and Lucas great aspirations destruct each of the character’s nature. It is evident that Gatsby’s emotional conscious is demolished because he does not care that he is enacting illegal work for his dream. Tom accuses him of pursuing his unlawful acts and from Gatsby’s reply he shows no guilt.
In Robertson Davies’ novel Fifth Business, the author utilizes the characters to illustrate that a person’s guilt may become a deadly venom to their conscience if it is carried as a burden throughout their life. This only leads to the deterioration of the characters, themselves. Paul Dempster’s guilt begins as a child when his father, Amasa Dempster, starts to blame him for his mother’s simple behaviour. Being a gullible child, Paul’s father is able to strictly reform how Paul thinks of himself. The words of Amasa’s verbal abuse continue to form Paul’s life as he immerses himself with guilt over what his mother has become.
Although he does struggle through the problems facing Buck’s death, he tries to communicate with Beth the best he can. Calvin uses silence when he tries to mask what is actually happening in his family’s life, and tells everyone that things are going well. Violence is used when Conrad asks where his mother went. This could have once again been avoided if the Jarrett family could practice healthy communication in their everyday lives. The Jarrett family’s communication struggles were a main problem of the family not being able to heal from the death of Buck.
Eventually, his attachment starts to stem from his need for a parental figure because of his negative feelings towards his parents. For instance, upon hearing the news of his parents’ death, Dunstable is relived and “mean-spiritedly pleased” over the loss, showing that, similar to Paul, he has no affection towards his parents (74). However, Dunstable does not only feel detachment towards his parents, but towards his life. Likewise, aside from his obsession with Mary, Dunstable is indifferent towards his life and the people around
Thoughts in regards to suicide often include empathy for the dead, and wonder as to what drove the person to end their life. All too often, people ignore a rather important consideration: the thoughts and feelings of those left behind. The loved ones are left with the remorse, despondence, and grieving, while the dead are absolved of their worldly anguish. In “The Grieving Never Ends”, Roxanne Roberts employs a variety of rhetorical tactics including metaphors, imagery, tone, and syntax to illustrate the indelible effects of suicide on the surviving loved ones. Roberts effectively uses metaphors to express the complex, abstract concepts around suicide and human emotion in general.
In the wake of Marion Crane’s death, several instances of the defense mechanism, denial, can be observed. Norman Bates utilizes this defense mechanism in order to acquit himself from any potential allegations made towards him while simultaneously living an unorthodox life, characterized by a feeling of normalcy. In simple terms, denial is refusing to accept that something has happened; if something goes wrong, one may utilize this defense mechanism to relieve the anxiety and/or stress that are subsequent products of adversity. Bates’ relationship with his mother had become severely tarnished; by virtue of this vitiation, Bates killed his mother. He developed a split-personality of his mother in order to suppress the guilt that plagued his conscious
H “Expectations is the root of all heartache.” - William Shakespeare. The short story “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst explores how the protagonist, Doodle copes with the expectations his family have set on him; precisely his elder brother. Throughout this short story, Hurst demonstrates the substantial effect expectation has on individual and society themselves. He shows how pressurizing a person for self-satisfaction harms the offender as well. Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse.
“An obsession is a way for damaged people to damage themselves more.” (Mark Barrowcliffe) In this statement, Barrowcliffe, a writer and novelist from the United Kingdom, suggests the idea that having an obsession is not good thing to have. This idea relates to the themes of two classic pieces of literature, The Great Gatsby and The Old Man and the Sea. The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel depicts the life of people living in the 1920’s with themes of corruption, social status, and obsessions. This novel strongly relates to Barrowcliffe’s thinking that obsessions are damaging to people’s lives.