“His life had been ruled by a great passion”, the drive from being unlike Unoka set Okonkwo’s goal “to become one of the lords of the clan” but because of him being expelled he couldn’t “[achieve] it” (131). Okonkwo’s fear of being like his father came crashing down as he left Umuofia and lost all the titles he had worked for. He was forcefully reverted to his original identity, having nothing. This experience showed Okonkwo that no matter how hard he worked he could always end back in the position that Unoka was in because that is where everyone
The Odyssey focuses on the obstacles that Odysseus has to overcome in order to make it back to his homeland, Ithaca. Odysseus and his men struggle every single day to fight past the hardships that they must face. After two decades he is finally able to return to his wife Penelope, who has been grieving every since he left. “The Journey” has a similar plot. It is about the struggles that one must confront throughout life.
The book, Ghost, by Jason Reynolds is a story about a boy named Castle, but is called Ghost. Castle has a very rough life because his father is imprisoned and his mother struggles with finances. Castle is a misbehaved kid who struggles in school and makes a track team which motivates him to be good in school. Track played ended up playing a huge role in his life and went through the ups and downs with him. Track taught him respect and discipline which spread throughout his home.
Having each understood that change is difficult to endure, they all metamorphosed, though instead of physically like Gregor they changed mentally. Gregor’s father is the individual who undergoes the biggest metamorphosis, as he is forced to become once again the provider of the family instead of Gregor. Gregor’s crippling transformation into a vermin left the father with the task of providing for the family that not only brings him closer to them but also triggers his transformation into a strong hardworking man . Kafka decided to describe Gregor as a hard working individual who did everything and anything to provide for his family. Gregor still focused on getting to work the day he transformed into a vermin making it a priority despite what had occurred to him: “First of all though, I've got to get up, my train leaves at five,”(Kafka 2).
A few key aspects of Willy cause the reader to classify him as a tragic figure. For example, he started out as a young man with specific dreams, looking up to his brother, Ben, who always recounted, “When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God I was rich” (Miller 48). Willy’s main goal in life was to experience the American Dream as Ben did, but he never accomplished this because he became a salesman, and a poor one at that. For years, Willy lied to himself, which causes extreme psychological issues in the future.
Tom Wingfield, as depicted in the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie”, is a complicated, complex, and complete character. Tom spent the entirety of play, and before, thirsting for independence, and taking whatever opportunities he had to escape his miserable home where his mother hovered and judged his every waking breath. Some students, even today, being 80 years in the future, can relate themselves to Tom. His character arc is evident through not only his words but also the way he treats his family, particularly his mother. The perception of Tom’s character, as well as his goals and whether or not they were accomplished, is dependent on the reader and how they perceived what happened.
Robbery, illegal organ donations or stealing children are seen all through the country in the news, the corrupt desires met with ambition leading to outrageous out of character behavior. In the film The Pursuit of Happyness, based off the real- life story of Chris Gardner who had been living in poverty, selling bone density scanners daily to support his family, yet still dreaming of a bigger and better life. Being ambitious, he takes on an unpaid internship at a stock broker firm, struggling to manage bills and family, but he still pushes towards his dreams of a better life. This deep desire, however, does lead him to act out of character, at one point even jumping out of a taxi and running away from the driver to avoid paying the taxi bill because he did not have enough money. Ambition can lead to many positive changes in society and negative connotations only occurring when immoral desires take
Comedy reveals something difficult but people could defeat. Nevertheless, tragedy shows people a situation that they are enmeshed in difficulties that could defeat them anytime. When the teacher Miss Warren tells Arnold the terrible news that his sister dies of fire, he just hopes that his father would not die in the way pick him up. “Yeah, when I was a kid, just after I learned that my big sister died, I also found out that my father died in a car wreck on the way to pick me up from school.”( Alexie S.J., Jr, 2007) After his father appears within his sight, Arnold laugh and could not stop laughing. “I know, I know,” I said.
This is a big step in every man’s life and because of the distance he felt with his father, he is hoping that when he becomes a father he does not lose that kind of closeness that he once had. This relates to his conflict of becoming the Pantaloon now because of the way he sees his father as a crazy old man who will tell non-stop lies as if he were to hustle his own friends at a carnival and he fears that he himself will turn out the same way. Will is in a constant battle of trying to figure out the truth in his father’s stories, but also trying to discover why his father is like this and it is taking a toll on him. With a newborn on the way for Will and Josephine, Will is trying to find closure so he can have a better understanding of how to raise their child. This is a proximal factor for Will because it involves the birth of his own son soon and also him being back home for the death of his father.
Stephen King’s “The Running Man” is a very tough book to summarise. There are many things that happen throughout it, but due to the nature of the situation, in the end everything around Ben Richards gets destroyed, causing many things that may seem to be key events to have very little impact on the ending of the story. The basic story, removing all of these elements, is that a man named Ben Richards is living an impoverished life in some random town in the U.S., and signs up for a death game called The Running Man to make a whole bunch of money so he can get his daughter’s pneumonia treated. The whole idea of The Running Man is that a man goes on the run for 30 days from the authorities and a group of people called the hunters who are chasing
Huck describes the abusive and cruel relationship he has with Pap when he says, “He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around”(Twain 9). The fact that Huck had to run “to the woods most of the time when he was around,” shows the kind of unsafe environment a young boy should not be raised in. Once Huck realizes that his own father may be a threat to his life, he deviously fakes his own death and begins his new adventures, setting sail on a raft with the company of a runaway slave named
Johnny is constantly surrounded by his needy family and has to decide what he should and should not do. The book is called The Trap by John Smelcer. It is a story of a grandpa and grandson that struggle to do the right thing in the frozen landscape. Johnny and Albert both go through many inner conflicts, including doing what they should, making good decisions, and Dealing with what happens. Johnny and Albert have to deal with doing what they
Living through a significantly rough time period can be difficult on the families trying to raise one at this time, but if you live though to tell the stories it’s absolutely astonishing. My grandfather, Roger O. Schafer lived through The Great Depression, WWII, also served in the Korean war. All the memories and stories my grandpa has are mind blowing, along with saddening to thinking what my grandpa had to live through along with many other civilians trying to survive. There were many responsibilities my grandfather had to learn quickly to help his family during the depression. Sense my grandpa had to encounter many different tragic times within his lifetime, I believe he’s a better knowledgable, successful individual.