In The Cog, Charles Fritch uses symbolism to show readers that life choices can cause regret in future years. The tough decisions that people make can cause the most fulfilling life or they can wake up one day miserable. James Maxwell was one who wished he had followed his dreams instead of living with a more practical life. He had a very successful life but he wasn’t doing what he had always dreamt of. He was the president of the world but by his standards, that wasn’t enough.
In this point of the novel, Santiago has completely giving up on his dreams of pursuing his personal legend, however; through the influence of the crystal merchant, which serves as an example of someone who has become blind to pursuing his personal legend, Santiago further develops the motivation and strength he needs to never give up and to always pursue what he desired. For example, One of the most important things Santiago learned from the Crystal Merchant is the importance of following one's heart and their personal legend. The Crystal Merchant was a symbolic message for the consequence of not following one's dreams. It results in one becoming a sheep, or someone who follows monotonous routines. For instance, the Crystal merchant states that, ‘‘Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don't want to do so,’’ which further provokes the idea of cowardness amongst himself.
In The Cog, Charles Fritch uses symbolism to show readers that life choices can cause regret in future years. The tough decisions that people make can cause the most fulfilling life or they can wake up one day miserable. James Maxwell was one who wished he had followed his dreams instead of living with a more practical life. He had a very successful life, but he wasn’t doing what he had always dreamt of. He was the president of the world, but by his standards, that wasn’t enough.
The story mainly talks about the struggles Jurgis face inn. This story also shows aspect of naturalism that he is fighting against to the world wanting better lives, but fails to win it. He failed to change his destiny how much me tries. This story also contains the view of realism. Unlike naturalism, realism takes place in ordinary settings like this one.
Throughout a man’s life, he is usually told that determination and passion inevitably lead to success, that he will get rewarded for what he puts into his work. But under some circumstances man is not able to flourish no matter the amount he sacrifices to his demanding society. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle recognizes this conflict and addresses the outcome of it. Through this novel, the author applies numerous techniques to analyze man’s capability of prosperity when the odds seem to be against him. In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair utilizes syntax, imagery, and figurative language to prove that hard work and desire can result in the lack of potential for success through the infinite struggles endured by foreigners with strong ambition.
This is illuminated when the Alchemist says, “‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’” (141). This particular moment shows that even though Santiago has both the ability and the knowledge to achieve his dream, it is impossible to attain it if he fears even attempting to reach it. Consequently, this fear acts as his enemy and a barrier that stands in the way of the meaningful and happy life he is destined to accomplish. Furthermore, another one of his fears is the fear of losing what he believes he has already earned. ”He reminded himself that he had been a shepherd and that he could be a shepherd again.
Cormac McCarthy’s, The Road, illustrates the struggle for survival in a world that is coming to an end, which will unconditionally make one do anything for survival. Similarly to The Road, William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies portrays boys on an island in the Pacific struggling to create a developed society and civilized environment. Despite the different paths that create conflicts amongst each other, the struggle for survival, power, and civilization will bring out the flaws and dark side of human nature, which are demonstrated throughout three of these pieces. Power is an abstraction that many want in their life, but it proves difficult to define or obtain. In these readings, the struggle for power brings out the flaws in human nature.
“I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.” Amir sees the blue kite as a way to win over his father’s love and respect and is therefore concerned with his own interest only, finding it more important than the price Hassan has to pay. Moreover, he is not able to act the way he would have wanted to act later on (cowardice), and he would regret this moment for a long period of his life, because in the end, the physical pain of Hassan hurts Amir psychologically and makes him the other
In the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has a goal of being everything his father wasn’t, a leader. As he is facing difficulties in life, the decisions he’s making for a better cause despite the fear of being seen as weak leads to his death. With the decisions he has made, can he be considered a tragic hero? In chapter 2 page 13, it says “Perhaps down in his heart, Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.
He gives hope to a bright, imaginative future. Whereas the nature in Perdomo’s work creates a picture of a fixed position, unable to grow and reach full potential. There seems to be no consideration of life past today, and the narrator has a sad contentedness to his speech. Without even hope for the future, finding a reason to push through challenges to success becomes impossible. However, those who do succeed tell the story of their battle against the life’s worst hardships, and truly know what it takes to be successful- sheer will.
Out of all types of conflict, those that exist between a person and himself can prove to be the toughest to overcome. This is because one can only rely on himself to solve the problem. In “The Life You Save May be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor, the major conflicts resides within Mr. Shiftlet. This man vs. self conflict involves the struggle in which he tries to overcome his evil ways, but continues to fail in the shadows of his own selfishness. He attempts to undertake good deeds to help others such as the Craters with their house work and the wandering boy with advice, but continues to fall short even by the end of the story.