Then, they go on a journey of self realization to improve their insight and morals. This makes Roark an unrealistic man because he starts out with that self realization, he doesn't need to have some sort of epiphany to find his morals.Throughout The Fountainhead, one main theme is Howard Roark’s exceptional moral and practical qualities. But these exceptional qualities are not something he gains throughout the book, these qualities were already present. His lack of flawed character causes him to seem surreal. A man does not realistically have perfect morals and intelligence, no one is that pure.
Besides mental health love is an important theme. It isn’t presented as a magical power that heals all mental wounds in a blink as it in some stories seems to do, but as an everyday thing that can be painful too. One of the strengths of the book was the realistic portrayal of depression from the point of view of a depressed person, Conrad. The depression wasn’t romanticized or exaggerated nor was it written in a too clinical way. Conrad’s indifference and somewhat apathetic attitude, and his dark thoughts about his brother’s death are both presented without unnecessary dramatization.
Stevenson’s clever illustration of the danger of knowledge reveals the troubling reality of awareness and reveals Jekyll’s brilliance to be the Achilles heel that leads to his demise. The relevance of the concept of ‘consuming knowledge’ plagues those who know, and proposes there is a degree of truth to the belief that ‘ignorance is bliss,’ because if Jekyll lacked the scientific prowess to create a concoction to tap into his repressed and animalistic nature, his path may alter. The complexity of Stevenson’s themes acknowledges both his literary genius and the philosophical dilemma of the grayness of the world in which we
Repetitive Symbolism Light and darkness are both fluctuating stigmas of what society perceives as right and wrong. Each holds a representational standpoint in many forms of literature, both modern and old. In the epic poem Beowulf, light heavily parallels darkness by coming in several symbolic forms that institute an analysis of depth. One of these symbols in specific capitalizes itself throughout the epic poem as a shining hero and guiding light against the evil manifestation that may be terrorizing the innocent figures in the novel. For example, the 'helpless' Dane's were at first wary of this new person, but once he'd proved himself, held no doubt, and almost gawked at one of his most historic victories.“…For the proof…” as they all saw,
These examples will come from the story “The Interlopers” by Saki. The first example will show that the author uses the conflict between two characters to explain feuds and what they do. “The feud might, perhaps, have been compromised if the personal ill will of the two men had not stood in the way.” This evidence shows that all feuds contain, are two people or groups of people that are too stubborn to make an agreement and put their differences aside. It explains this when the author says the feud wouldn’t be if the will of the men wasn’t in the way of their dispute. The next example will show that feuds can cause betrayal and can also cause people to get hurt.
Deceit, Betrayal, and Resentment In life, individuals are put through various difficult and stressful situations. To escape these situations, one might resort to using deceptive and deceitful behavior which ultimately could lead to betrayal. Paul Laurence Dunbar, author of the poem “We Wear the Mask,” believed that humans have a tendency to hide what they are truly feeling by putting on a fake smile while they are truly being sly and cunning (1:1-3:534). This means that individuals would have hide their true emotions to disguise what they felt. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator throughout the story always hid what she was truly feeling from John, her husband, and sister-in-law Jennie.
Altered Page Assignment- The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is an eminent novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which represents how the pursuit of the marred American Dream leads to the decay of true morality. Pages 174-175, which have been illustrated, are quite significant as it provides the readers with a greater depth of understanding as to how people are corrupted, as well as how there are still a few individuals who have preserved their virtuousness. Consequently, the majority of the characters in the novel were despicable as they were using Gatsby for achieving their own desires. I chose to depict these pages in order to emphasize this ongoing theme that has occurred throughout the novel. However, this scene specifically was chosen as
Beowulf does not just do things for they are the right thing to do, he does them seeing that great deeds will bring him honor and boost his reputation. He fights Grendel for bragging rights like the swimming contest Unferth brought up and he refuses to use a sword when fighting Grendel because it will just add to his bravery. Even if we take into the time period in which it was written, Beowulf is not the shining hero he
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is proven to be a morally ambiguous character. Gastby can not be identified as purely evil or purely good due to his love and desire for Daisy being good, but how goes about trying to attract her being misleading and corrupt. Without Gatsby being both good and bad the stories theme of a positive hope or dream for their future would not come across as clearly. Gatsby's moral ambiguity can symbolize the end of the American Dream and the corruption of the upper class. Within this theme of ambiguity, Gatsby's morals and actions contradict each other because loving Daisy and changing all the things he didn't like about himself for her is a chivalrous action, but how he changes himself is knavish.
In Sarty’s journey he deciphers between the desire to stay loyal, instinct to seek justice, and search to synthesize adulthood. In being an adequate member of the Snope family, Sarty must exemplify an extraordinary amount of loyalty. Sarty believes that his father's judge “‘[is] our enemy . . .