Ironically he does so by doing nothing. Nick Carraway’s passive nature leads to the many mishaps in the novel, which stresses the idea that not being evil does not necessarily make someone a good person. Had Carraway been less apathetic, the death of Gatsby and of Myrtle could have been prevented. The issues in the novel are rooted in Carraway’s passive tendencies towards the actions of the people around him. “I’m inclined to reserve all judgements” (1) Nick states at the beginning of the novel, which instantly sets up his passivity.
Ironically he does so by doing nothing. Nick Carraway’s passive nature leads to the many mishaps in the novel, which stresses the idea that not being evil does not necessarily make someone a good person. “I’m inclined to reserve all judgements” (1) Nick states at the beginning of the novel, which instantly sets up his passivity. His passiveness sparks complications early on, such as when Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle in secret. Nick tags along because he “had nothing better to do” (24) and seems to have little qualms about the fact that Tom is cheating on Daisy openly.
After all, the narrator “began to piece together this version of the story” through information given to him by Ethan Frome. Of course Zeena appears to be the epitome of the quintessential antagonist. It is only natural that bias was introduced, for Ethan would certainly not paint himself in a negative light, and due to his infatuation with Mattie, she too is spared from any condemnation. Through no fault of Ethan Frome or the narrator, the narrator’s “piecing together” of Ethan Frome’s life is incredibly unreliable and it is incredibly subjective. Unless a reader mulls over the effects of utilizing certain types of narration, Zeena will forever be seen as the villain of the story.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines morals as “the principles of right and wrong in behavior.” Since Huck is not particularly influenced by religious beliefs, his ideas of moral behavior are a tad different. In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain shows Huck grow as a character from the start where he faked his own death, to the end where he decides to not turn in Jim. Huck considers Jim to be a friend, and the story reveals how Huck holds this friendship higher than other moral actions. Jim is a complicated subject for Huck because on one hand, he “steals” Jim from the widow, supports a runaway slave, and harbors a fugitive. However, on the other hand, he protects Jim from the “runaway capturers,” listens to his advice, and apologizes when he feels bad about hurting Jim’s feelings.
Romeo Montague Crashed the Capulet’s Party It was a fine evening at the house of the Capulets, until Tybalt recognized something off. He is quoted as to say “This, by his voice, should be s Montague.” (1.5.53) This meant there was an invader on the list. Foes between foes they were able to be separated from battle because it was such a large gathering. Capulet, the father of young Juliet, and the owner of this house prevented Tybalt to begin his brawl with the Montague, Romeo. Capulet talked to Tybalt and he didn’t attack however, was bitter by the entrance of the Montague.
Forgive the pretentious imagery, but this passion and affection towards the content of this speech is somehow unexaggerated. Patrick Henry spends no time sparing the audience from his criticisms. He prefaces his speech by recognizing the differences between his own mindset and his listeners, while stating that he will make no effort to censor his opinion in favor of attempting not to offend their sensibilities. “...I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.” This is an apt conditioning to the sarcastic and generally offensive tone Henry uses throughout the rest of the speech, and aims to justify insults to their character. Riskily, he seeks not to appeal to the inflated egos of those in the convention who believe themselves “wise men”, but rather cut them down to size and present them with a much-needed dose of
To the reader it may seem that Nick associates his position in the story, with the position of the eyes of the Doctor T. J. Eckleburg which silently observe but not judge. For reasons unknown, instead of living his own life, Nick seems to be content observing others live. Such a passive observational life position is unfortunate for Nick, as it is unable to deliver much happiness, yet it is very beneficial to the readers as they get a clear picture. In the book Nick functions as a photo camera, which captures others’ lives, but does not have a life of it’s
294). He goes to Café Paragon for Rob’s birthday party, “the kind of place he’s been warned against visiting his whole life” where there is drinking and loose behavior. It is smoky and loud, but people are glad to see him, and he suddenly feels fine. He has taken an important step. He has “an overpowering desire to break free from himself and dive into the flow” and not be conscious about where he is from (p. 296).
Montresor has nothing but evil intentions, not to care about health. This creates a rather unique point of view for the reader, to make the outlook of the character appear more sane at the time. Words such as “precious” almost further creates an underset tone. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the sanity of the narrator is questioned through the entire length of the story; however, the irony aids in showing the mindset of this character toward the end. "Villains!"
Stevenson portrays Jekyll as impotent against his temptations, due to his attempt to purify his soul. On the other hand, he portrays Utterson as one who does not succumb to his desires. Stevenson seldom ever speaks of Utterson’s temptations and instead, focuses more on Jekyll’s pleasure of the “thought of [the] separation of these elements” (61), in order to avoid jeopardizing his reputation. Towards the end of the novella, Stevenson reveals Jekyll’s belief and sole purpose to split humankind’s two natures. Meanwhile, despite the minimal mentions of how Utterson tackles his temptations, Stevenson primarily shows Utterson’s dominance over his desires.