Transitioning from one thing to another can challenge a person emotional feelings. Tom Brennan was affected while being emotionally hurt which caused trouble transitioning into life. Due to the tragic crash by Tom’s brother not only he was hurt mentally but rather his whole family. ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ is full of flashbacks which reflect upon his past, however he is made adapt into the new world without his loving brother which reduce the number of flashbacks, expressing Tom’s ideology of the past is fading. An example of the Brennan’s showing their emotional state is shown with the use of emotive language through Tom’s narration in the prologue ‘In a couple of hours they would wake up and find us gone, far away, so as not to remind them
1. Cass Mastern’s story, though at first seemingly unnecessary and random, shares many elements and themes with Jack’s life. The story of Jack Burden and Cass Mastern are alike in that they involve the cycle of betrayal, guilt, and the burden of responsibility. Cass Mastern commits the ultimate betrayal- he sleeps with his best friend’s wife. Duncan Trice, who was “passionately and single-mindedly devoted to his wife”, commits suicide upon finding out of the affair with a “lead slug nearly the size of a man’s thumb in his chest” (Warren 4.237-243).
He then sets his priorities straight. With his number one priority in mind, “He shot his arm forward toward the glass, and he said, ‘Clare!” (p 124). He broke back into his house with the thought of staying alive for his wife as his motivation. After he came into the house, Tom sat the yellow sheet of paper on his desk and got his things ready to join his wife at the theatre.
Once Roy leaves, the sky turns dark and Tom gets scared. He goes to lock the doors in his office because he knows what is about to happen. Tom’s end of the deal was to sell insurance at ridiculous prices and every customer must buy the insurance. With Roy leaving without purchasing the insurance, Tom had failed. Now the devil has come to take Tom’s soul.
The significance of the experience of transition lies in individuals gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and others. JC Burke’s prose fiction text, ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’, focuses on the transition of the Brennan family, and Tom in particular, from feelings of guilt, anger, depression and despair to acceptance, reconciliation and optimism, in the aftermath of Daniel’s car accident that caused the deaths of two innocent teenagers and the quadriplegia of his cousin, Finn. The other related text, ‘Up’, a fantasy animated film, written by Bob Peterson, reveals Carl’s transition from denying the death of his wife and regretting not fulfilling their dream of moving to Paradise Falls to unexpectedly making new friends who help him accept the passing of his wife. Both texts and my visual representation reflect the protagonists’ deeper understanding of themselves and others as a result of the transition.
Tom’s change of character demonstrates the effects of his epiphany on the ledge. Presumably Tom will meet up with his wife and this final action shows how his values in life have changed for what truly makes him happy. As a result of nearly dying for a worthless piece of paper Tom realizes that it is his wife who he most cares about. Tom gives up what he possess for his wife; the one he cares for. In incorporating the main character’s epiphany into “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets”, Jack Finney portrays that life’s most important values come through love and cared ones in place of
Hence, Tom Walker’s greediness in the story serves as an outlet for the author to indicate faults in humanity and make readers aware of their
He had to learn how to play the devil and become smarter than him. The devil took many things away from Tom, but he didn’t let that stop him. This story gave a great lesson, and really brings out the greatness in Irving’s writing. The way Irving writes really portrays the characters with much description really brings them to life.
This paragraph employs robotic imagery most heavily and also uses loaded diction more than others. This section even goes so far as to call Worth’s body in intensive care as, “a nightmare of tubes and wires, dark machines silently measuring every internal event, a pump filling and emptying his useless lungs.” This section channels the intensity of an event like this and the fear one and one’s loved ones feel when the shade of fatality affects a person. Imagery also plays a large part in this section and places the reader in the situation John Jeremiah Sullivan was in through imagery like “The stench of dried spit”. This passage’s imagery challenges the reader to undergo the stale smell described and to witness the machine that Worth is connected to.
He was tormented by society because of his actions from his past, towards a child. This, as well as the death of his friend, made Tom suffer severely. Tom, had lots of faith in God, which he though should have helped save his friend. Once Tom lost faith, he agonised and was doubtful of almost everything. This torment can be seen through the simile, “Tom is like the dark interior of a house”, as Tom is looked upon by society as bad and as a madman, going crazy from his past.
Through digging deeper the readers know learned what is was like growing up in the McCandless household. Chris McCandless and his sister, Carine, lived with Walt McCandless, their father, and Billie McCandless, their mother, in Virginia. Carine McCandless explains how their parents, “[...W]orked all the time,” (Krakauker 107) and how it was very stressful for them, because their parents had just started their own consulting firm. Chris and Carine McCandless became very close when growing up because they, “[...L]earned to count on each other when Mom and Dad weren 't getting along,” (Krakauer 107). McCandless was very protective of his sister and would hold her hand, and he even waited for her after school so they could walk home together.
Brint, a so called psychologist, helps Adam uncover his past. With the help of Brint, Adam remembers how his family was undercover, in a Re-Identification Program, because of information his father uncovers as a newspaper reporter. The Farmer family was really the Delmonte family. With this discovery, Brint becomes intrigued with Adam and Adam becomes upset, and his insanity becomes more and more evident. Adam’s personality, especially his skepticism, instability, and persistence helps him to overcome the traumatic events of his past.
Tom not only stays with his mother and sister well into adulthood but he also does not pursue a wife, a well paying job or a family of his own. Instead Tom dreams of a life that is more: a life filled with exploration, like the ones in the movies he adores. Throughout the play, Tom argues with his mother, drinks heavily and goes to the movies to forget about his problems. In this melancholy life filled with dissatisfaction he finds comfort in his sister who is shy, sweet and undeserving of the harshness life has thrown as her.