Through the use of diction, Meursault perceives life is meaningless, which leads him to have the absence of strong bonding with acquaintance around him. He indicates that he lacks empathy from personal and social level. Meursault is a simple man who lives his life in a stickler type and changes annoy him. As the novel introduces Meursault mother being dead, he shows lack of concern and a burden to visit his mother for the last time. “Maman died today...I don’t know … everything will have a more official feel” (Camus 3).
The soliloquy echoes the speech in Act 2 Scene 3 about the futility of life after the lords have discovered the death of Duncan. He says “There’s nothing serious in mortality/All is but toys; renown and grace is dead” (Act 2 Scene 3, lines 86-87). Although he appears to be pretending to grieve for Duncan by saying “there’s nothing serious in mortality” (Act 2 Scene 3, line 70), he does believe that there is no meaning to life. In addition, Macbeth’s words “grace is dead” (Act 2 Scene 3, line 87) applies not only to Duncan’s death, but also himself. He realizes he has “fallen from grace”, the world would be against him since he had destroyed the Elizabethan order.
Macbeth now thinks of light is his calling to die as he feels haunted by their crimes they committed in the dark. The simile “ Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player ....... upon the stage and is heard no more.”(V, 5, 24-25) Shakespeare is comparing life to an actor because an actor is in a play then shortly after the actors life is done and he is forgotten. Macbeth feels he will be nearly a blip in history. Just like an actor after a play forgotten. This shows Macbeth 's hopelessness that his life will not have meaning just like the plays in history that have been forgotten.
The setting divulges deeper into the meaning of light and dark with the theme of loneliness. Loneliness can be found in the unclean, dark places which are expressed by the old waiter and the drunk man. As the story progresses the setting changes from the pleasant café to an unfriendly, lifeless bar that the old waiter spends his night at to attempt to prevent his inevitable loneliness. Overall the setting through the story displays the contrast between light leading to happiness and dark leading to loneliness.
He maintains that his life has no value throughout the play and contemplates suicide. Hamlet's questioning thoughts on life's worth is further expressed the ten lines of 203-212 in act V scene i. which read ““No, faith, not a jot, but to follow him thither/ with modesty enough and likelihood to lead it:/ Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander retur-/ neth to dust, the dust is earth, of earth we make/ loam, and why of that loam whereto he was con-/ verted might they not stop a beer-barrel?/ Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay,/ Might stop a hole to keep the wind away./ O that the earth which kept the world in awe/ Should patch a wall t' expel the winter's flaw!” Hamlet speaks these lines during an exchange with the gravediggers, one who was singing and juggling skulls while he worked. In these lines, Hamlet explains how no one's life is really worth anything because, in the end, we are all reduced to corpses, skulls, dust, and clay. By using Alexander and Caesar as examples, two influential and powerful leaders of
It is crystal clear that the loneliest character in Of Mice and Men is Crooks. He was rejected to play cards, and to enter the bunkhouse, just because he is colored. He also has an unwelcoming personality that repels people from getting close to him. John Steinbeck clearly expresses loneliness primarily through Crooks than the other characters who are also considered lonely. “People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true.
George himself is portrayed as a “spiritless man, anaemic and faintly handsome” (2.26). Tom also confirms that George “doesn 't know he 's alive”. George even lets Tom humiliate him in the hope of getting a good price on Tom 's car. Despite his persistence and honest work, he and Myrtle remain trapped in their social class, unable to move up. Wilson seems miserable and lifeless and poverty seems to have taken a toll on him.
At the beginning of the novel Sydney Carton is a depressed drunkard. After Sydney Carton has dinner with Charles Darnay he asks if Charles thinks he is drunk and when Charles responds Sydney says,” Then you shall likewise know why. I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” (Dickens 63) Sydney Carton needs resurrection because he has almost no experience of any love or kindness in his life. In the chapter The Fellow of No Delicacy, Sydney tells Lucie about how he loves her,
Dimmesdale is a hypocritical reverend that does not confess his sin, and Chillingworth who is the knowledgeable physician, does not treat his patient. As a result of his actions, the Clergyman’s health rapidly declined until the end where he was brought to the scaffold to ,“die this death of triumphant ignominy before the people!”(Hawthorne 383). This may seem like a strange story now but when studied and compared to the writing era it originated from, all aspects of Romanticism fit. Each main character in the story has their own unique personality full of conflicting thoughts and complex emotions. Every time Dimmesdale clenched his chest in pain or wallowed in self-pity, he did not feel only one thing, but felt several.
This rather depressing poem reflects the theme that one should not let the “what if’s” in life dictate and consume them. Scorn is defined as an object of disdain or contempt (Merriam-Webster). In the poem “Miniver Cheevy,” a young man is distraught because he was born in modern times where he will not be able to experience the past glories of the chivalric ages (Waggoner). In order to fill this yearning, Miniver Cheevy turns to alcohol. He becomes fixated on this and truly becomes a child of scorn, as he does nothing other than obsess.