( Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774) When he does not meet Charlotte, he always writes pessimistic things in the letter. He can not find the real meaning of life, especially when he finds that there are many limit in life , he feels upset and pessimistic. He can not accept present world and he says: ” I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power. Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world. ” ( Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774) When he tries to get away from his love to Charlotte, selfish and hypocrisy people make him feel more
Guilt can be defined as feeling responsibility or remorse of one's offence or wrong. Gene Forrester is a prime example thaguilt is a theme prevalent in A Separate ace. The novel A Separate Peace, John Knowles is about Gene Forrester, a lonely intellectual, and his struggle against his own guilt of breaking his friens leg and running his future. His t is shown when he feels obligated to become what Phineas could now not be and when he postpones his own desires for the desires of Fin Obviously, Gene’s actions towards Finny as left him with much guilt.
At first glimpse, this Steve Kowit poem was perceived as one of great misfortune and misery. With an introduction calling for a disconnect with the world, “Some Clouds”, is nothing short of depressing. From his annoyance with pitiful people, and his urge to find himself after a loved one's death, Kowit wishes he could be like the clouds, “drifting out of one nothingness into another”(26). This feeling could have been the motivation for this simple, yet so complex title. The heading “Some Clouds” is perhaps derived from Kowit’s analyzation of clouds throughout this poem.
“Out on Bail” explores the mind of the narrator as he exhibits signs of a dissociative disorder through a theme of duality, evident in the traditional literary device of the mirror and similarities of routine. Also, the relationships made and confusion surrounding them contribute to the conclusion he has created an alter ego. The narrator killing off Hotel is essential to an acceptance of reality. Fuckhead does suffer from survivor’s guilt as it is difficult to let go of Hotel. Letting go of Hotel was not a cure all as he still faced a long road ahead, but was an essential step in his recovery.
Wallowing in his despair, Gatsby laments at how the consequences of his broken dreams- his obsession and fantasy of Daisy-has essentially drained the life and joy out of his world. Fitzgerald’s use of diction and characterization help to illustrate the full devastation of Gatsby’s loss. By describing Gatsby’s hopelessness and his eventual death, Fitzgerald argues that the fundamental nature of dreams, or rather, the object of a dream, can be corruptible, deceptive, and futile. Fitzgerald starts his biography of Gatsby with the assertion that Gatsby’s romantic and joyful sentiments have been perverted by his heart-breaking rejection. By describing Gatsby’s newfound apathy, melancholy, and pessimism, Fitzgerald portrays the corruptible nature
His madness is guided by what his memory and lack of memory dictates. But it could be argued that Hamlet did possessed a certain means of control over his memory. During the excerpt, Hamlet stated, “I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records” (1.5.99). This quote raises the question of which memories did Hamlet not find trivial and foolish, and worth maintaining. One notable set of memories he retained were those of Horatio.
Philip Young contends that “Despite a lot of fun The Sun Also Rises is still Hemingway’s Wasteland, and Jake is Hemingway’s Fisher king” (Young, 1952, p.88). Young asserts that though Hemingway’s novel is more desperate than Eliot’s poem but it shares Eliot’s the main content as both of the protagonists gone impotent and their lands gone sterile, and he stands also on the spiritual and sexual life for both as being alike impoverished. For Young Hemingway’s novel and Eliot’s poem are the same in portraying the loss of traditional values, the death of love, and the meaninglessness of life that all are resulted from the spiritual and physical disaster of
His use of Romanticism and description of Nature portrays the significance of inner journeys and its possibility to change how an individual thinks about something. Coleridge was disappointed and frustrated that he couldn 't go on the adventure. The poet’s remark, ‘they are gone, and here I must remain/ this lime-tree bower my prison’ shows how he felt confined, not able to go anywhere as if he was stuck in a prison. He highlights his feeling of entrapment and seclusion evoking feelings of pity and sympathy from the readers. His situation triggers Coleridge’s imaginative journey where he begins imagining the adventure that his friends were experiencing.
Modernist became very disillusioned and unable to find their true identity. During this period the culture was striving for the American Dream. Through this era readers will notice the use of characters to find the true emotions of the characters. In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby who is one of the main characters has turned to love to find his true identity. When Gatsby falls in love with Daisy, Gatsby becomes very disillusioned within himself and his relationship with Daisy.
He fears that he has lost God’s grace, or fears that others may tempt him into sin. Uncertain of his place and of the intentions of others, he attempts to find the sin before it may taint him further. However, sin’s taint had already reached him. Weighted down by his constant search for certainty, Goodman Brown became “a sad” and “desperate man” (395). His sin haunted him until his final breath, “for his dying hour was gloom” (395).
Anthem is a book that makes oneself contemplate the future and what evils are bestowed upon it. In this novel, the reader is caught in the life of Equality. Equality’s life is placed in the future, where the feared reality of communism has conquered all but the souls of few weary men. Equality is one of those few men who have a light that is invulnerable to a ravaging wind. Equality’s time captive before his extraordinary escape has taken a toll on his body and mind and now at the end of his journey forces him to question whether the decisions he’s made are full of sin or teeming with righteousness.
Though many try to obtain free will, this difficult task often results in defeat. In the novels, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the characters’ lives are predetermined; thus, driving them into mental instability. A predetermined life acts as a catalyst for mental deterioration. The protagonists suffer from depression as a result of their predetermined lives, as well as, the characters blindly obey their controllers, and have a longing to break free from being controlled. A study was conducted and determined that, “feeling trapped is a direct experience and symptom of inner passivity.
His mind is in constant turmoil from his immorality, transforming him into a guilt-ridden tortured soul, because of his secret. Hawthorne expresses Dimmesdale 's morbidness when he says, “Yet Mr. Dimmesdale would perhaps have seen this individual’s character more perfectly, if a certain morbidness, to which sick hearts are liable, had not rendered him suspicious of all mankind. Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared” (135). Dimmesdale is living with Chillingworth, his physician, who is described as evil and tormenting towards Dimmesdale, yet, the minister does not know that his enemy is the one he is trusting. Furthermore, Dimmesdale attributes, “all his presentments to no other cause but his own morbid heart” (146).
“Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last” (pg.7, ch.1 The Hearth And The Salamander). I find this quote significant because it perfectly explains the lives of the people in this novel. Moving fast, not paying attention and for what? To die in a car crash at only 17?