In Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton depicts Ethan as a tragic hero who gets downtrodden by his circumstances and mainly, his personality. He has the tragic flaw of not being willing to put anyone in pain even if he benefits from it. Through this, he gets blocked from pursuing an education when he must care for his ill parents. Consequently, he also doesn’t get to socialize with other people of his age, making him feel awfully lonely. To further his tragic predicament, he marries Zeena, his cousin who arrives to take care of his mother and unfortunately, she prevents him from pursuing his love for nature and engineering by wanting to stay in Starkfield forever for her own ego.
The constant nagging of his wife shows that they do not mix well together, however he is still inferior to her, he never gets a say and never get what he wants. Walter Mitty feels that through imagination he could be in a place he could really belong but the thing is, by having these “episodes” it excludes him from belonging in reality which poses the question, is it more important to belong with yourself or with others around you? It is clear that Walter Mitty uses his mind to escape reality where he feels he belongs, but it is also interesting to see how he has given up on trying to belong in reality and accepted the fact that he will be useless as time
Chuan-Sheng is perhaps the character that is least successful in letting go of his past and continues to let it inhibit him from taking steps to solve his problems. Unfortunately for him, he will most likely have to live with the regret of letting Tzu-chun die unloved since there is nothing he can do to change the past. Chuan-Sheng has proven to not be a very confrontational person; every time he is met with an uncomfortable situation, he takes off and goes to his haven in the public library. For example, after he musters the courage to tell Tzu-chun that he doesn’t love her anymore, he cannot bare the sight of her reaction and leaves once again. Only after he finds out that Tzu-chun’s father has taken her away, does he start to realize how
Esther’s reflection on her mothers misguided suggestion to act as if her breakdown never occurred demonstrates Plath’s conviction that ignoring the many facets of mental illness is consequently ignoring an important aspect of the sufferers identity: “Maybe forgetfulness, like a kind of snow, should numb and cover them. But they were a part of me. They were my landscape” (237). Until this point Esther refused to claim her imperfections. She attempted to repress any part of her personality that could be considered unfavorable.
If Pavel Ivanitch represents man’s need for philosophical reminiscing before death, the lack of human companion in “To Build a Fire” represents that a human’s lack of respect for necessary human companionship in time of need will lead to their demise. Under impression of the cold, the protagonist did not “meditate upon his frailty as a creature of temperature, and upon man’s frailty in general” (London). The protagonist does not listen to the dog’s want for fire, and instead decides to prematurely celebrate his good pace even though he had never experienced a cold so severe. His mind remains empty except for the traps he must evade to survive. The dog knows the cold better than the protagonist, but he is aware of his master’s whip and “made no effort to communicate its apprehension to the man” (London).
Family heritage of calamities was passed to Ethan. There is no evident aggression from his parents, yet there is no sign of respect family values, he was deprived from developing effective life expectations. Although Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl”, Junot Diaz’s “Fiesta 1980”, and Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome contain different experiences from childhood to adulthood, the texts from these authors relate to dismissive relationships between parents who intent to teach discipline, respect for their traditions and demands, as well as adequate moral compromises due to failure on the methods parents use with their children. Human relationships do not guarantee ideal function, even if it is between a parent and their child. The presence of fear when opposition is presented, turns any situation relating respect
The movie starts with Eriksson being trapped into a VC tunnel and saved by Meserve. In reality, however, Meserve never rescued Eriksson. The adaptation is understandable, as it reveals the inequality of their relations. Eriksson holds a lower rank and owes Meserve a favour, which dramatizes the later scenes in which Meserve goes mad at Eriksson when finding him trying to return the girl to her village, and Captain Hill tells Eriksson not to ruin the life of Meserve who has once rescued him. This scene further shows that Meserve, who cares for his comrades, is not a merciless person, forming a great contrast with his inhumane treatment of the girl.
Evidently, their visions collide and this becomes problematic when they are unable to effectively communicate their wants to one another. While Ann is home and her husband is away, she starts having thoughts about her own wishes and wants from John. She wonders, “why sit trying to talk with a man who never talked? Why talk when there was nothing to talk about but crops and cattle, the weather and the neighbours?” (Ross 4). The feelings she has are not ones that she shares with her husband, leaving him clueless to her discontent.
Regardless, very few actually attempt to discover the truth. In the novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley provides several examples of the truths individuals refuse in order to live in ignorance and bliss. Society thrives on its stability. (BS) The Controllers revoke any option of truth because it creates discomfort and discomfort encourage unhappiness. Huxley writes Mustapha Mond as the perfect example of the control of truth to ensure happiness.
McCandless is very opinionated, and doesn’t listen to other people’s ideas if it stood in the way of his own. When others would lecture him on never calling his parents he would brush it off like a speck of dust on his shoulder. In Krakauer’s book he writes, “But Chris, with his idiosyncratic logic, came up with an elegant solution to his dilemma: He simply got rid of the map. In his own mind, if nowhere else, the terra would thereby remain incognita” (Krakauer 174). McCandless believed that his mind was better than a map and that he could trust his instinct.