It was believed that honor and virtue had no value and the only thing left in the world was corruptness of man. In The Wanderer, it stressed the point of real men bottling up grief and not letting it disturb them; however, that is why the worldview was melancholy and somber (The Wanderer, 12-20). If a man keeps everything to himself, bottles everything up, and hides his emotions, he will become indignant and bitter. He will turn into his own worse enemy. He will push everyone out of his life and will end up alone.
Loneliness is a state of sadness caused by a lack of friends or company, it is the quality of being remote and isolated from people whether it was by choice or not. In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are hired at a ranch for a new job. They meet Curley, the boss’ son, who does not like Lennie and always wants to start problems with him. They also meet other interesting people such as Candy, Crooks, and Curley 's wife. They open up and offer their thoughts and feelings to George and Lennie that they have never spoke about before to anyone, which accidently causes Curley’s wife to be killed by Lennie resulting in Lennie being shot by George.
Nick realizes that he is different, and comes to dislike the people he is surrounded by, like Tom, Jordan and Daisy, but believes Gatsby is different. He expresses this opinion just before Gatsby’s death, “I remembered something and turned around. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." (8.44-45) Nick, who is “inclined to reserve all judgements”, makes a huge
Her conversation with him was meaningless, and he was innocent to believe the girl cares about whether he can bring back something from the bazaar. He leaves Araby feeling utterly ashamed and angry: “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger” (Joyce 579). The epiphany is a sharp turning point for the narrator, from an innocent boy with materialistic expectations to an adult with a heart full of hatred and
When this occurs, and reality plagues the fantasies, the illusions are forever shattered along with he who holds them. As displayed by Gatsby, the idealist cannot survive without living under a blanket of false security. Once this blanket is lifted the world of the idealist will be left shattered and their whole self will be left
The evil within Raskolnikov is evident when Raskolnikov devalues human worth and refers to the old pawnbroker as a “principle” rather than a “human being.” This lack of respect for a human life suggests that Raskolnikov perhaps is not capable of showing remorse or regret after all. However, all of a sudden, he refers to himself as “viler and more loathsome than the louse I had just killed.” By ridiculing himself and referring to him as “more loathsome”, Dostoevsky utilizes the characterization of a self-contradicting Raskolnikov to confirm that a shift in Raskolnikov’s state of mind is set to happen as he starts to come to the self-realization that he had wrongly murdered. While Raskolnikov had imagined that he would be adorned for ridding society of a “louse”, he now considers himself a “louse”, and thus, this blend of good and evil that he embodies reflects that the validity of a black and white world remains clear at this point. Moving on, this self-realization is confirmed when a troubled Raskolnikov drifts to sleep yet again. As he dreams and relives the entire murder again, there seems to be a different ending this time as “He bent right
As the plot disentangles, Fitzgerald exposes Gatsby 's dark roots, including his partygoers ' assumptions that he killed a man or is actually a German spy from the Third Reich, and the fact that he can never get the story regarding how he climbed to prosperity, straight. His rather indeterminate and shady manner of "business" with Meyer Wolfshiem and inability to explicitly explain, even to Nick, what trade he is in, demonstrates that his crisp, rich image is not what he says it is. The haze of the glorification of money hides this suspicious background, which is why Gatsby is so great in the beginning of the book, but falls utterly hard by the
This reflects upon Victor and his creature, as both of them result in total suffering and complete alienation from the world. They both create biblical allusions that relate directly to their own lives. Victor’s tone when thinking about himself is entirely arrogant, while the monster is humble and continues to further degrade himself. Victor also does not own up to his responsibilities like the creature does. Vengeance drove Victor to his deathbed while the creature knew when to put a stop to it.
This reflects entirely on the utter careless in which Daisy and Tom live; Nick says that Tom and Daisy are “careless people… they [smash] up things and creatures and then [retreat] back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever… and let other people clean up the mess they [have] made” (Fitzgerald 187). The Buchanans and the ultra-rich live their lives without any purpose or care. They simply drift through the world spending their endless amounts of money without contributing anything to society. Fitzgerald incorporates both the universal and more profound of white to critique the carelessness and hollowness of the
Bartleby's narration ends in a low and sad tone because of Bartleby's death. By visiting the tomb, the lawyer understands that Bartleby is faced with various challenges. Another sad moment is noted when the employees' vagrancy forced the boss to a life of isolation. The Lawyer is filled with pity for Bartleby and was mindful. He wondered what was wrong with Bartleby and tried many ways to help, but he never accepted the Layer’s requests.
The crowded bar was noisy, smoky and in no way what Tom had in mind when he had suggested to Booker that they were in a slump and needed to set time aside for a weekly date night. When he had made the proposal, he had expected quiet nights in listening to music or dinners at fancy restaurants, but so far, they had experienced the unsavory environment of a pool hall and a night out at a Monster Truck exhibition. To say he was unimpressed would have been an understatement; his lover’s apparent lack of thoughtful and suitable suggestions for the perfect date had him feeling downright pissed off. It appeared Booker was not only adept at getting his own way; he also did not have a single romantic bone in his body. A heavy sigh exhaled from between
The nerve of that fella, askin’ me to go to Gatsby’s funeral! It’s none of his beeswax tellin’ me to do anything. We need to live in the present and livin’ in the present ain’t reminiscing ‘bout the dead. It is a shame he got bumped off, but it’s done and dusted. You know he used to be a gutter rat from the middle of nowhere?
Fitzgerald is saying that not everybody who works hard are able to accomplish their dream. Fitzgerald is also saying wealth changes people for the worse. In the process of pursuing wealth, Gatsby lost himself on the way. He became involved with illegal stuff like selling alcohol and drugs. The wealth also affected Daisy’s judgement.
Furthermore, Dimmesdale attributes, “all his presentments to no other cause but his own morbid heart” (146). He is discovering that he should not trust Chillingworth and that he has contributed to his poor mental state. Chillingworth has only made Dimmesdale’s guilty conscience worsen. To further demonstrate his morbidness Hawthorne states, “And, all this time, perchance, when poor Mr. Dimmesdale was thinking of his grave, he questioned with himself whether the grass would ever grow on it, because an accursed thing must there be buried” (148). It shows a glimpse inside the mind of Dimmesdale, really explaining what he feels.