Unhappiness, Life’s Poison Sue Townsend, an English writer and humorist, once said, “My dark secrets are life threatening. Pockets of unhappiness set in aspic that build and build. I have this primitive feeling that if something good happens, it is going to be followed by something bad. There is always a price to pay.” In an environment where individuals always suffer from their actions, certain characteristics become eliminated. For example, happiness is a common, yet vital characteristic that people lack in this type of environment.
“Everything is true and yet nothing is true”: an analysis of the rational and absurd worldviews in Camus’ The Outsider The Outsider is a novel that broadly explores the philosophy of the Absurd, which is the conflict between one’s attempt to search for a meaning of life, and one’s inability to find any. It is different from Nihilism in the aspect that, although one acknowledges that there is no meaning of life, they should not cease in the attempt of finding one. In the novel, this philosophy is explored through the worldview of the main character, Meursault, and is contrasted with other characters’ views, which look at the world from a more rational perspective. The novel begins with the simple, impassive statement, “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know” (pg.
Albert Camus, one of the eminent French novelist, essayist and playwright is often considered as a nihilist, or extreme absurdist who believes that life is senseless and useless. ‘The Outsider’, Camus’s first novel is a representation of his absurd thinking about the world. The use of the term ‘absurd’ in literature is a vehicle for writers to explore and represent those elements in the world that do not make sense and ‘The Outsider’ is one of the beautiful representation of Camus’s revolt against the norms of the society. In the very first line of the novel elevates the absurd concept, " My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.
Nagel: The clash between our expectations of life versus the reality is what makes us say life is absurd. Our consciousness has a profound effect on why life is absurd. We know we are conscious because we can think all these things in our minds which allows us to step back from our lives and the universe and question the universe and the meaning of our lives. This makes our lives absurd - unlike a mouse, who does not have the ability of self-consciousness, we have self-awareness that makes us doubt our lives meaning (Nagel,
When Stanley told Mitch about her past he called Stanley a liar and defended Blanche. When Mitch confirmed what Stanley said about Blanche, reality set in for Mitch. Blanche was a liar so he did not want to marry her and escaped from her fantasy and lies. The characters that brought the idea of fantasy vs. reality and escapism was Blanche. Blanche being Stella’s sister, also came from a rich family.
Among the difficulties nullifying their relationship, social tension arises as Hedda idolises an upper-class, luxurious life style, but working-class Tasman can’t afford the regime is wife desires. Pressure derives from Hedda indoctrinating that she is a trapped woman and thus envies Brack and other males in the play. The inadequacy of Hedda’s love and affection for Tesman is shown through Hedda’s embarrassment behind bearing Tesman’s child, as well as the determination that intimacy between the couple to be scarce. Paragraph 1: Throughout the play, Ibsen constructs social tension using dialogue and stage direction to draw attention to the barrier between prosperous Hedda and middle-class husband Tesmen. Critic Embler, W. states “Hedda has been imprisoned since girlhood by the bars of Victorian propriety”, and this is shown in Ibsen’s use of stage direction within act 1 as Hedda “goes to meet her in a friendly manner” (Page 181).
Outline I.Theoretical Part: Anger in Literature 1-Definitions: a -Lucius Lactantius defines anger as‘‘an emotion of the mind arousing itself for restraining of faults’’. b- Joyce Meyer thinks that anger is ‘‘ an emotion often characterized by feelings of great displeasure ,indignation, hostility, wrath and vengeance ’’. c-In psychology,anger is ‘‘a negative, phenomenological feeling state that motivates desires for actions’’. 2-Origins: a- 3- Characteristics: a-The most common themes are frustration, violence, revenge, alienation , loneliness and class distinction. b-The techniques are experimental elements .They are more realistic thus, there is lack of literary devices .Symbolism, irony and satire are most
The abilities of Judith are deemphasized and underestimated. She is a writer, but she is ashamed of it and hence secretive. Judith gets engaged at a very young age when she begs not to have to get married to a wool stapler who, according to the book, smells like sheep, her father beats her. She has so much energy and talent and cannot bear to get tied down to a husband and a passel of children. The portrait of Judith Shakespeare takes the reader beyond the facts, touching the anguish and tragedy that would have been at the core of the experiences of an intelligent woman.
The public façade is a polished surface of sheen, attractive and inviting. Yet with time, the circumstances shift, the mood darkens, the sullen pangs of deep-seeded antagonism lift its ugly head. You do not belong, or are not made to feel apart of this society…ah gaijin kirai …hate foreigners(!) constantly mumbled beneath their breath… “Though 'solipsism' has a specific philosophical meaning, the word is often used to mean "extreme egocentrism." The word may be used as a philosophical term, with the definition of “a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing.” However, when the word is not being used by philosophers it typically means “extreme egocentrism.”
“The Dark Holds No Terrors”, her second novel, is about the traumatic experience the protagonist Saru undergoes as her husband refuses to play a second-fiddle role. Saru undergoes great humiliation and neglect as a child and, after marriage, as a wife. Deshpande discusses the blatant gender discrimination shown by parents towards their daughters and their desire to have a male child. After her marriage, as she gains a greater social status than her husband Manohar, all begins to fall apart. Her husband's sense of inferiority complex and the humiliation he feels as a result of society's reaction to Saru's superior position develops sadism in him.