“The Pursuit of Happyness,” directed by Gabriele Muccino is a film which I found myself greatly admiring. It is inspired by a true story and is about a man named Christopher Gardner who heavily invests his savings into portable bone density scanners, believing that they will be a great success and will support him and his family. However, they do not sell well as they only give a slightly better picture than an x-ray at double the price. This leads to him being extremely financially unstable and so he loses everything; his wife leaves him, he loses his house, bank accounts and credit cards but yet he manages to at least have his young son. After this tragedy, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners whilst living on the streets and simultaneously taking on an unpaid internship.
He cannot even fight for a worthy cause dear to his heart, but Fortinbras’ men die for a meaningless reason. Shakespeare uses particular words such as “death” (4.4.55), “danger dare” (4.4.55), “eggshell” (4.4.56), and “honor” (4.4.59) to show that Fortinbras’ men are braver than Hamlet since they take action. For this, Hamlet is irritated since they are fighting for an eggshell, a simple and useless item. However, this irritation sparks a realization which allows a powerful ending to the soliloquy. Hamlet vows to only have “bloody” (4.4.69) thoughts.
It was normal for a man to have the most power over a household. However, Walter struggles to the role his family plays in his daily life. Because of Walter’s business failure, he was able to develop and find the harmonic balance between money and family. Walter was able to face Karl Lidner when given the choice to sell his family’s dream home in return for one thousand five hundred dollars. He confronts his greed and desire to become a wealthy businessman and realizes that he lost his only supporters throughout his journey.
Similarly, Lawrence uses situational irony in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, as the title suggests some sort of a winning situation, whereas the ending shows that even though Paul knew who would win the race, and even though he made all that money and was in some way a winner, it cost him his life. Therefore, at the end of the story he is clearly not a winner. Moreover, I also believe there to be some sort of irony in the fact that although both his uncle and the gardener believed in Paul’s vision and knowledge on who would win the race, none of them would gamble along with
1. Okonkwo, the central character in Things Fall Apart, was manly, hard-working, and angry. At the beginning of the book, the first thing the author describes is Okonkwo’s manliness. His fame from wrestling along with his manly appearance made him manly. Okonkwo’s hard-working character was a result of him trying to be the opposite of his father, a lazy and unsuccessful man.
The knight he lends the money to does good deeds as well by helping the man that won the wrestling contest. A Gest of Robyn Hoods shows that charity is rewarded: when the knight in debt goes to the abbey and pretends he does not have the money yet, he does so to test the monks on their kindness. If they had given him more time to pay back his debt, he would have given them some extra money. Doing good makes up for bad things in A Gest of Robyn Hode. Robyn and his men are outlaws, but still they are good men.
The Knight put a lot of time and energy making his tale one that could be a reflection of societal norms, whereas the Pardoner showed no modesty in weaving his moral into the story. The Knight’s moral of allowing lust to replace loyalty is much more harsh and self-admitting than the Pardoner’s simple moral, “greed is bad.” In the first round of the storytelling competition of, “The Canterbury Tales,” the Knight’s Tale is the definitive winner. The Pardoner’s Tale may have held its own had the storyteller not proclaimed (and bragged about) his hypocrisy before the story even began. The Knight simply wanted to win more. He put more into his story than the Pardoner did.
A Tale of Two Cities is a story about a flawed man that had no interest in himself, others, and the world, changing into a hero through his journey on the road to the guillotine. Carton starts out in the novel as an alcoholic attorney that lacks self-confidence. He says, “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” Although he is very clever and does great work for his partner Stryver, he has no interest in himself, and gives all the glory that he could have received to Stryver. He wastes his skills and intelligence on drinking.
Amir’s cowardice and selfishness is seen best in this same situation. Amir is paralyzed the moment he sees Hassan in the alley, surrounded by the bullies. He knows that Assef is about to rape his best friend. However, instead of standing up for him like a true friend would, he just stands there frozen. “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.” Amir sees the blue kite as a way to win over his father’s love and respect and is therefore concerned with his own interest only, finding it more important than the price Hassan has to pay.
6 page 65. Ender faces the Giant and defeats him and he feels really guilty at the end of the game. The game is not beatable but Ender proves them wrong and he feels proud of himself knowing that he succeeds. “What matters now is that he won the game that couldn’t be won.”- Colonel Graff Ch. 6 page 66.
Although Capote faced many hardships throughout his early life, he was able to overcome them and attain a successful writing career. Because Capote’s strength came from himself, he has a mindset that the benevolence of a family does not determine the life members of a family endure. While writing In Cold Blood, Truman shares this
Gladwell also made a point that the place you are from, your background, and culture has a lot to do with your success. My point of view on this could go either way because there is an equal amount of things I agree and disagree with. There are many people on this world who were just plain out born successful. Either someone they know or their family were very rich. I believe this is how most people are indeed doing very well, but they still need to apply themselves in some way.
Just like Wade, Winston has gained something at the end of the book. He gains peace and his willingness to accept Big Brother. This is proven when “[t]wo gin-tears trickled down the side of his nose. But it was all right, every-thing was alright, the struggle was finished. He has won the victory over himself.
He offers him many things, and he buys his friendship. However, Nick is not fascinated with Gatsby for his money or his hospitality. He is fascinated with how he got where he was. How he went from a normal person to a war hero, and a millionaire. He wanted to know how he earned his title "The Great Gatsby".
They see, right through is appearance and they think that he is a phony. And I’m sure many other people would think that of him too. But he may considered “great” in a couple of his actions, BUT when it comes to the way he earned his fortune, he’s not that “great”. It was made through illegal activities, and his so called fame was earned in a very dishonest way. And it all comes down on him when he realizes that all of the “friends” he has are only with him for him money and fame.