In the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, the main character, Equality 7-2521, changed significantly. At first, he believed in staying true to the society, but this later changed when he began to have his own ideas and thoughts. He began to see the world through his own eyes, instead of looking through the tainted eyes that the leaders of his society had given him. Throughout the book Equality 7-2521 discovered many new and different feelings. He began to fall in love with The Golden One, even though it was forbidden.
The desire for fame and fortune drove both Jay Z and Gatsby to overcome the economic classes they were born into, yet Gatsby could not forgive his childhood influences, therefore, never being able to progress his aspirations for incredible fame. Through parental guidance, Gatsby and Jay Z formed personal morals, and expectations, that developed each boy to man. Gatsby was pushed by his father to reach “The American Dream”, through rigorous efforts in order to attain some materials that were worth living for. These efforts morphed into a battle between Gatsby and himself, which steadily grew into resentment; “--his imagination never had really accepted them as his parents at all…” (Fitzgerald 98). The denial Gatsby placed on
The quest for happiness can be a long and winding path. One that Ethan didn’t know where to start from, or where to go when he got on it. He struggled in making key decisions to achieve happiness for himself. Instead of choosing happiness Ethan chose to isolate himself from others and not pursue his feelings although it went against his own moral code. In the novel “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton, the title character, Ethan, immolates his euphoria so he can obtain an improved quality of life for his family and to retain a superb reputation.
Perhaps Equality 7-2521 finally feels emotions after going through the motions over and over again in fact he starts to feel the emotion love and that is when he meets the golden one. Emotions can be weird sometimes but in the long run cannot be controlled by any means. The government will try to brainwash you and knock ideas at and out your head but because of humanity we cannot stop feeling emotions. So Equality 7-2521 finds himself in a situation where he has a passion for learning(reference) and a love for the golden
Evidently, McCandless had his mind set– he knew that his purpose in life strayed away from this conformist society. Similarly, many people know what they want to do with their life. However, these people differ from McCandless immensely as these people often never end up pursuing their dreams due to the fear of straying from the conformist society. Chris McCandless renders an admirable hero, because he acquired the courage, which many people lack, to both escape his oppressive household as well as pursue his purpose in
He knew that without determination and future-mindedness, nothing would be achievable. Additionally, Brother exemplifies exceptional determination as he states,” I should have already admitted defeat, but my pride wouldn’t let me down” (Hurst). Although he could ultimately give up and call it a day, Brother knows that quitting would only let him and Doodle down, but he knew that if he didn’t meet expectations he would lose the pride that he could have potentially gain if helps Doodle become capable at meeting the healthy standards that were expected by his brother. Brother showed the reader that he took pride in everything that he did with and without his brother. Finally, Brother pushes Doodle to his full potential.
Chris was also the kind of kid to always get good grades, without even trying to. I think Chris McCandless felt unfufilled in his life of privilege, and wanted to go out and experience life how he wanted to for awhile, and live freely. Chris may even still be alive today, had he been more prepared. Chris McCandless has always been a bit of a rebel. His spiritual awakening, has led him to quit society.
Siddhartha is a story about a man who is trying to find Nirvana. He learned religious teachings all his life, but he realizes that they will not aid him in his quest to find true peace, so he sets off on a grand adventure and comes across many obstacles along the way. He is tempted by lust and greed, hunger and, at one point, death. He grows as a person and, while he fails several times, finds his peace, his Self. His journey was long and hard, but in the end, he reached his goal.
For Chris, anything as opposed to asceticism was a disturbance to him, including the material society, a mundane career path, and the relationship with his parents whom he labeled as “hypocrite.” Since the metamorphosis took place, Chris had faithfully abided by the exact principles of asceticism wherever he went and whatever he did. Purportedly in Chris’s mind, the ascetic life he was striving for was much more meaningful than the happy life he lived before because “meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness” (Smith 1). In consideration of his total ascetic mentality, the trek that led Chris to the Alaska’s wilderness was basically just another massive undertaking of his ascetical exercise, eking out a remarkably frugal living in the wild with a spiritual revolution to pursue a meaningful quest of freedom, solitude, and
Paul requires nurturing and praise for his unique personality, yet his father, like everyone else, tries to force Paul to become someone he is not. His father’s attitude forces Paul to find happiness only at times he is distanced from the real world. He enjoys nothing more then working as an usher at Carnegie Hall, where he is able to escape reality. As Paul cannot obtain happiness in his true world, he rebels against those around him. His rebellion against society is not one of hate, rather a rebellion of anger towards those who do not accept him.