Throughout the novel, Solomon’s goal is to achieve transcendence, but every time he is on the cusp of succeeding, he is denied. Similar to Sisyphus, Solomon continues to push to reach his goal. For Solomon, his goal is to transcendence so he can “see everything,” but this makes him leave behind the ignorance that kept him content with life in the Dungle (Patterson 215). Since Solomon can “see the whole extent of the sky,” or the entirety of his life, he is able to see how monotonous and fruitless the human life is and the endless cycle of hopeless poverty the people in the Dungle face (Patterson 215). Another point that reinforces the meaninglessness in Solomon’s life is in Sic Vitae.
Soon, the plant will have grown through the adversity the wind provided and found itself with strong, reinforced cell walls and sturdy roots. Mankind abides by the same principles. Humans will become bored with perfection. The narrator in “Crossing Into Eden” finds that fishing, a challenging process that requires great patience, is too easy. Instead of the thrill of the catch, he finds that “Perfection has destroyed sport.” (Stegner, p.39) Although at first the ease of catching fish is appealing, the narrator soon understands that humans require failure.
Utilizing imagery, she creates vivid pictures of this valiant varmint who lives in the moment and fully captures its one necessity. In contrast, she illustrates that mankind fails to embrace the beauty of nature and contributes to its detriment. Furthermore, although mankind has the freedom to choose, he seeks to build meaningless things like concrete highways and houses while filling his time with distractions like drinking alcohol. Therefore, Dillard warns that humankind who seeks the American Dream misses the real meaning of life; ironically, this freedom of choice leads to a life of fruitless decisions and
The loss of innocence does not limit to the permanent loss of an innate human quality, however; it can also be a physical loss. Tom Robinson is forced to give up on his innocence, but unlike Jean-Louise, he does not manage to adapt to the cruelty of the world and refuses to accept it, naively believing that if he escape it and leave it behind, it will turn untrue. Similarly to Boo Radley, the burden of the reality is too heavy for the characters to carry and they get crushed under its weight. Tom and Arthur embody the nature of innocence, which refuses to let go until the very last moment and is therefore, either murdered or forcefully kept hidden from the public eye. It is from those characters the reader learns that innocence is precious and fragile
The Typical Dystopia Everyone fears to live in a dystopian world. A dystopia is an imperfect world where everything is unfortunate and disastrous. Many people argue that the community in the book The Giver by Lois Lowry is an example of a utopia, which is a perfect world. But all of those people don’t seem to see all the negative things that the society of The Giver includes. Looking at the correct side of the argument it is very clear that the community is a dystopia.
The immigrants are full of a false hope for success that disillusions the reality of their life. Examples of the consequences of lack of ignorance can be found in other literary works such as Two Sheep by Janet Frame. The overwhelming absence of knowledge in combination with unrealistic hope is the cause of the frequent dilemmas they encounter, and by that definition, can be considered the antagonist of The Jungle. The first situation that delivers the Rudkus family into difficult circumstances transpires before they even enter America. The very decision to leave Lithuania and come to America was fraught with invalid information.
Isolation of the human heart results in the inability to connect and take part in a greater existence, whereas blindness of the human eye gives way to the truth and tenderness of humanity found in the wonders of this world. In Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral”, the nameless narrator seems to exhibit behavioral patterns of an addict, tending to detach himself from the plot and all relationships that he continually fails to confront throughout life. The central figure, who abhors the blind, is ignorant of his own constraints, which prevent him from recognizing the traces of transcendence in humanity that lies beyond the temptation of physical pleasure. Through the utilization of the communion model, by way of first-person narration, characterization, and extended metaphors, Carver reveals the main character’s journey of rapport, which is indicative of a human’s limited sight of truth and understanding, leading one to search outside the scope of curiosity for a more fulfilling life. One may begin to apprehend Carver’s true message throughout “Cathedral” by first considering the significant role that the first-person perspective of the main character plays in the basic plot scheme.
The lack of meaning in the creature’s life meant that he went searching for that meaning in the form of companionship, but to very little avail as most were appalled by him. The creature then seeked his maker again to create him a companion, but Victor denied the creature and kept his distance. The creature came to the same realization as Victor did early on, that it is impossible to self-create meaning in life. The creature decided to lash out to give himself a feeling of purpose and to fill the void in his life, becoming the opposite of his creator by destroying life rather than creating
He cannot, then, feel any way but terrified at the prospect of death; he hasn’t had a chance to live except “passively”, which is the last thing he wanted. Bigger never had a chance to feel anything but what society made him feel, which Wright touched upon as a main theme in Native Son. His desire to be one with society could never be masked by death and he could never feel anything but terror, “naked and without defense.” Thus, Bigger longs for “another orbit between two poles that would let him live again.” His one craving, or rather, his last request, would be another life in a different society: a society in which he could live passionately, not passively, and where, when he died, “even death would not matter, that it would be a victory.” He wants to start again new, in a
Both are constantly punished by both nature and society for being what and who they are. This novel seems to constantly give examples of why uniqueness and individualism is bad, and that you are punished if you do not oppress it. Victor, from the very beginning of the book, was a little odd. He was interested in the old sciences that nobody thought relevant anymore. His father told him it was a waste of time.
Humanity, blinded by the harsh and cruel realities, we never truly see people or the world around us. In the impactful novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Irony, Point of view, and Allegory to convey that we are blinded by prejudice which restricts us from “truly” seeing people. After the death for Bob Ewell, heck protects our “silent protector”. We don’t realize who this is this until later on within the scene. This incident brings out the allegory in the book.