‘’I was a coward. I went to the war’’ Pg187. In the short story, ‘’On The Rainy River’’ by Tim O’Brien, The protagonist faces a difficult life decision, he did not want to conform to society the way others wanted him to. He wanted to keep his personal beliefs. Tim O’Brien does not want to conform no matter how vital it is that he should.
How it was shaped: Tim allowed the draft of the Vietnam war and societal pressures get to the best of him and he slowly tore himself apart, he started off as a confident incorrigible man. His morals later then became corrupted, he gave into the pressures, his self proclaimed Lone Ranger status had been infected and debunked by his end decision of serving in the Vietnam war. Thesis: In the story, On the Rainy River, the author, Tim O’Brien demonstrates that an individual allows societal pressures and expectations to override their core values, morals, and beliefs; peer pressure forces individuals to put their beliefs aside so they can fit in with everyone else. The narrator, Tim O’Brien faces a similar situation when he get’s drafted for the Vietnam War. Receiving the draft letter takes a toll on his identity and as
A true hero is willing to do whatever it takes to do the right thing morally. Huck’s morals have changed for the better as seen in the novel; making it all the more curious when he does not follow the archetype laid out for him. Though, the more it is discussed, Huck typically does not follow plans that are written out for him perfectly. So, while this ending is not what the reader wants, it is exactly what Huck would do, which is making his own path and breaking social
Even tough we see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted, showing that he is very much humane, and his only fault being way too ambitious. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway. At the very end, in the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall we didn 't expect that a murderer like him would, even in defeat, display conscience and bravery. "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm 's feet,... And damn 'd be him that first cries 'Hold, enough! '" (Line 32-39, Pg 249).
A paradox, or self contradictory statement, is the perfect way for the speaker to express his predicament. He does not “ deserve pleasure”, but he also “does not deserve pain” explains the speaker’s feelings of guilt and remorse for his immense fortune, while the working class can barely get by. In parallel lines in his poem, the speaker uses the words “failed” and “successful.” He uses these words so close together to demonstrate the failure he and civilization throughout history has faced in order to be
In addition to, when the narrator and Doodle did not have much success teaching and learning. “He had failed and we both knew it...The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.”(176). This is saying that their failure that day reminded the narrator that his and Doodle’s plans were nothing. That produced a bitter feeling within the narrator causing him to leave Doodle in the storm.
Prideful because all he tries to do is chance Doodle rather than letting him be who he is . Not letting himself accept himself the way he is. Brother's pride pushes him to give Doodle an existence away from his bed, and it is his obsession that leads to Doodle's tragic demise. Brother's pride did create a facsimile (copy) of real life for Doodle, but in the end, it crumbled him, brought to its knees by pride and selfishness. Brother did love Doodle, but his ego overshadowed the fact the he was just trying to protect Doodle from a world that doesn't tolerate those that are different.
Nonetheless, as pay back for this, Assef raped Hassan. This also proved that Amir would never be as loyal to Hassan as he is to Amir, as he just stood by and watched it happen. Hassan accepts the rape because he is resigned to his fate as the betrayed friend and victim of abused power. Although Amir betrayed Hassan, he still wants to maintain the friendship and remains loyal to Amir. Hassan’s ability to suffer without becoming bitter frustrated Amir greatly, often making him feel guilty of his actions.
Vonnegut says that individuals need to fight only to make his hero a power-hungry godlike creature, being both an unreachable ideal and unreliable threat. Vonnegut is implying that individuals are powerful but that does not mean every individual deserves to have power. Accordingly nothing can change unless individuals force it, but that individuals too often lack courage and strength, even if one individual has everything needed, he might be corrupted when
The primary purpose of Shakespeare's “King Lear,” act 4 in particular, is to showcase how the play moves further down to the idea of hopelessness. We get to see how characters only get worse as time progresses. As Edgar spends much of his time alone wandering the plains he realizes that many horrible things have happened but does not believe that things are as bad as they seem to be, “To be worst, / The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune, / Stand still in esperance, lives not in fear” (lines 2-4). But, however, when he sees his father, Gloucester, and realizes of his going blind he cannot help but feel even more depressed. Like Edgar, Gloucester makes an unusual comment, “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport” (lines 37-38).
But, when Clarisse goes missing, Montag’s quest for life takes a momentary standstill; the references to cold rain develop a sense of discomfort and uncertainty. He is decided on embracing humanity and he knows very well what he must do, however equally afraid and terrified of what he must do. He is hesitant; his inexperience compels him to take inadvertent risks. And water substantiates the stage he is at in his journey: lost and alone. As Montag reads to Millie for the very first time, he “[speaks] the words haltingly and with terrible self – consciousness” (Bradbury 65) “while the cold November rain [falls] from the sky” (Bradbury 67).
In “fighting for the wrong war”, O’Brien becomes a coward, and only in fighting for the right wars will he find his courage. In saying so, the war O’Brien desires to fight is not one of bloodshed and distraught, but that of reason, just, and knowledge. He “detested [others] blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence,” and held every individual at war responsible to God. “Politically naive,” but educated of the fundamentals of a war simply to stop Communist, O’Brien held the strong belief that fighting for a war that was undesired and not understood was intolerable. Although he survived the war, “It [was] not a happy ending,” as in the act of going to war, O’Brien depleted what “finited quantities” of courage he possessed.