Sentimentalism was used to cultivate sympathy with others in order to promote self-improvement and motivate action to alleviate hardships. In Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, Williams-Garcia had Clayton go through challenges, so the readers can sympathize with Clayton but also be inspired by his character development. At a young age, Clayton was determined to reach his self-manifested identity to overcome the sudden death of his grandfather. Unlike the stories in Golden Age of literature, Clayton faced real obstacles that he needed to deal with to fulfill his ambition. Clayton always wanted to acquire Cool Papa’s identity, but after overcoming challenges he was able to discover his own self-identity.
Being that Hassan was loyal and wanted to keep his promise to Amir, he decided to pay the price which was rape. The saddest part was that Amir was there watching from a distance and was unwilling to help his best friend due to his lack of courage and inability to stand up for himself. Up until adulthood, Amir had to carry the baggage of betraying Hassan by not being there when he most needed him, this guilt tormented him to the point where he moved to America with his dad, Baba, as a way to escape his
What Chris did not expect was for him to die on his journey, but rather have it help him grow and gain new experiences. I believe it’s safe to say that Chris hated his family, his whole purpose of leaving was to divorce himself from his parents. "McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well—relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family.”(pg.55) This quote shows how Chris wanted to prevent himself from committing the same mistakes his father did. He feared that by staying he would be distracted and never again have the chance to travel.
One of the main themes of the novel The Kite Runner Is redemption. Throughout the novel, the main character, Amir, seeks redemption for his sins. Amir states in the first chapter of the novel that he has a past of “unatoned sins.” Throughout the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini uses the following symbols to express the theme of redemption: The scar above Amirs lip, the lamb and the blue kite. The scar above Amirs lip represents the redemption Amir attained by rescuing Sohrab. Amir travels to Afghanistan to rescue Sohrab, who is being exploited by a Taliban leader.
His fantasy of escape depends on the current of the stream, which pulls him to wellbeing and hurls him shorewards. In this sense, water actually gives our protagonist freedom. Indeed, even before it spares his life, water is related with freedom. Having taken after the "dancing driftwood" (1.4) with his eyes, Farquhar, at the times previously his death, progresses toward becoming as free as the coasting branch. As the completion of the story demonstrates, in any case, Farquhar's body is never free and he never escapes military justice.
Perhaps, bonding with nature, being in isolation and living off the land, would bring a sense of peace to his otherwise crazy mental state he was in. His journey begins in a deserted area of northern Michigan, where from a hilltop he can see a lake. There is no town, just a charred over country, this was all that was left of a town called Seney. Nick is hoping to leave behind his past of desperation to find a new rich, colorful life. On the way to the river, after leaving he train, he stops at a bridge to watch the trout in the stream below.
Now, as his entire life is thrown away, he has to find a new job. Not only does this handicap force him to think about his identity and his personality. If he had been more humble in the beginning, Dove wouldn’t have found it necessary to play a prank on him to have him become more humble. Slowly but surely, Johnny’s self-pride transforms into pride for his country. Once Johnny fully overcomes his psychological handicap, a new opportunity comes for him to heal his physical handicap as well.
Despite his reluctance, he soon becomes to love his new home. Anyone who has ever moved can relate to this. Where one misses his or her former home so much, but he or she knows he or she has to learn to love this new one. One feels so angry towards the new place, but then learns to appreciate it and love it for what it is. Through analyzing form and theme in “America”, Claude McKay emphasizes society’s reluctance towards change.
Yet, he aspires to have Dickie’s life, he has a dream, a vision, he sees himself in the future, he is not stuck with his current situation, he doesn’t give up, he is not willing to accept the life that was giving to him by parents and society, and wants to thrive for more. and those are the essential qualities that makes the American character. We tend to like and admire people like Tom, people take risk in life, and who are unsatisfied with their current social economic life, and want to have the American dream. The character Tom Ripley also displays negative qualities such as cheating, and killing innocent people, in order for him to work his way up to a success story, that later we call its hero the American character. The way Highsmith displays these negative qualities on Tom are often seem to be irrelevant to his final goal, she makes it seem that its justifiable, as long as the final goal is reached, for Tom its about a dream, its about changing lives, and what happens along the way its irrelevant, and its
“[He] was able to escape the worst of [his] culture’s inheritance. And uneasy though [he is] about [his] new life, [he] cannot whine about it,” (253). The Hillbilly culture is full of poverty, however it explodes with family values and support from those who don’t battle with addiction. J.D. claims that, “the life [he] leads now was the stuff of fantasy during [his] childhood.