To the devil with it all!” (Kafka 14). Although he had just awoken to find himself transformed into a gigantic bug, Gregor worried more about how much he despised his work. The pressure that the family placed on Gregor led him to be less concerned with his own well-being; furthermore, his inability to get to work makes Gregor feel guilty. Gregor is enslaved to his job and his family; when his mother said, "'Believe me, sir, there's something the matter with him. Otherwise how would Gregor have missed a train?
This takes place even before Gregor becomes a cockroach, he is taken advantage of and works tirelessly. Gregor’s work situation is described in the following quote: “ He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.” The quotes emphasized the dehumanization that his work place makes him feel; he is not seen as alive, but rather as a tool. The way that Gregor’s workplace dehumanizes him is even more extreme after he has transformed into a cockroach. Gregor’s work isolates him from himself because he is a slave of his job. He is not allowed to pursue his interests, have free time, or take action in his own life.
“Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket” People spend too much time on watching people live than worrying about themselves. They spend countless hours caring for others more than their own life. Sometimes they let their jobs control their life and they have no time to spare for their family. In “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket,” Jack Finney’s protagonist, Tom Benecke, shows how easy it is to waste time rather than spend spending time with his family. In “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket,” Tom Benecke, spent many hours working.
Georges dream of owning a ranch in Of Mice And Men is hurt by his loyalty of Lennie, his lack of money, and his many emotions. The first reason why George's dream is hurt is because his loyalty to Lennie. George show loyalty to Lennie by taking him every where he goes even after he gets them in trouble. “No—look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie.
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). This is just one example of the internal conflict going on endlessly within himself. When thinking of family, there are good times and bad times. When experiencing the moments that are extremely difficult for Elie and his father, he often thinks how great life would be if he could just get rid of his father’s dead weight. One evening when Elie’s father is very ill, the had of the block approaches Elie and tells him, “‘Don’t forget your in a concentration camp.
Nathan is continually trying to control his family and often forgets about is role as father rather than a leader. Leah emphasizes this point when stating “The education of his family’s souls is never far from my father’s thoughts. He often says he views himself as the captain of a sinking mess of female minds. I know he must find me tiresome, yet still I like spending time with my father very much more than I like doing anything else.” Leah wants her father “back” and is fed up with dealing with the constant commands from
The story is not only called “The Metamorphosis” because he is an insect, but it symbolizes the change in his life from this process. Gregor’s life entirely changes when this transformation happens to him. Despite Gregor’s appreciation for being alone, he constantly would listen in on his family’s conversations (Kafka 480). This shows that Gregor was hurt by his isolation, and that is was not such a great thing anymore now that it is forced on him from his family (Kafka 491). He has no choice but to remain unseen in order to please them and avoid
Catherine McQueen Bagdanov AAPLE English 22 October 2015 Of Mice and Men Essay Callousness, defined as having or showing an insensitive and cruel disregard for others, is a trait that many characters in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men display. As a result of a desperate search for power, many are left to bathe in their newfound callousness; few can escape this fate. In the novella, one must note Carlson’s powerful lack of concern for others; Curley’s tendency to harden his emotions; and Lennie’s naive persona that is hardly callous. Carlson clearly displays to readers that he has the most calloused personality on the farm. Similar to the way a hand gets worn over time, time has worn down his once sweet personality and turned it hard.
In Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle,” the main character Rip Van Winkle is spending his days merrily ignorant of any real work and issues. He tends to the needs of the children and wives of his village instead of his own family as he seemed to have “...an insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor” (pg. 620). This carefree attitude caused problems with his marriage, and his wife, Dame Van Winkle, would often chastise him or kick him out of the house. It is with these thoughts that Rip begins to make his way home early one night, only to be stopped by a “short, square built fellow” (pg.
So what exactly is the theme of the story? Well, Shrek was always judged by society because he’s simply an ogre. Him wanting to marry the human version Fiona would be looked down upon since he’s an ogre and she’s a human. Judgment is huge part of the society Shrek lives in. This judgement is similar to how the Puritans reacted when they encountered an outsider or someone who’s different.