Death. While the outcome is the same for everyone, no two people live the same lives. Ivan Ilych was a character in Leo Tolstoy 's novel The Death of Ivan Ilych. Ivan was a selfish lawer who was unhappy with his life until right before he died. Portrayed in the movie Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless was a free spirit he did what he want when he wanted.
Christopher was fighting to keep himself alive, that 's where the natural instinct of man appears, trying to maintain itself alive. Hours or minutes before Christopher died of starvation, he wrote this journal entry, “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” (Krakauer 199). When reading this last entry we realize that even though Christopher fought for his life at the end, he was happy with what he did and he died happy doing what he always wanted to do. It would’ve been great if he had returned home but pitifully things didn’t go as expected when trying to return.
Though it is not to say that these structures are right or wrong, it will only be a matter that they do exist. That they attempt to put into order and allow humans to participate in this thing called ‘life. The point of denotation of whether something is right stems from
“The Unknown Citizen,” written by W. H. Auden, is a poem that describes a man who lived a life most people would see as ideal. The man illustrated by this poem did what society expected him to do, which resulted in a model life. This poem, however, can be seen in more than one way. Some may see the story in the poem as a description of a man who had an unfulfilling life because he did exactly what was expected of him. Instead of trying something new, exploring the world, or making a change, the man did what everyone else regarded as acceptable.
He finds his true identity when he is apart from Finny. Gene notes, “During the time I was with him, Phineas created an atmosphere in which I continued how to live, a way of sizing up the world with erratic and entirely personal reservations, letting its rock life facts sift through and be accepted only little at a time, only as he could assimilate without sense of chaos and loss” (Knowles 121). Gene finds his identity and embraces it through remembrance of Finny. He accepts who he has become. He also finds peace by fighting his own private war growing up.
The book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is about an old man’s reflection on life. It doesn’t hold on to the past much, because this book is all about forgiveness and loving those who surround him. The general theme of the book is resurrection and reestablishment are displayed as features of both life and passing; in life, Morrie shows that a man is steadily changing, and in death, anticipates some type of new existence with the common movement of the life cycle. With Morrie as his guide, Mitch can resurrect himself in life, changing a man who was once spurred by material riches into a man who is roused by an energy to love, and to imitate the man who has so touched his life. Morrie uncovers that in spite of his maturity, he is as yet changing, as each individual does until their withering day.
Returning home from war is never an easy transition for a soldier, no soldier embodied that truth more than Norman Bowker. Bowker is a Vietnam War veteran from the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien who struggles with his life and mental health after the Vietnam War. Bowker is troubled by his memories- most specifically one memory- that he cannot forget or forgive himself for. Bowker was a man who had to fight for his life every day he was in Vietnam, there was always a chance the Viet Cong would attack. Bowker lost friends and lost fellow soldiers every day in Vietnam, he even lost his best friend to the war.
Whereas similar cells form tissues that collaborator to create organs, these organs has distinct functions that keep living organisms alive. The second property of life is regulation, which deals with the environment outside of an organism and changes