In the Shipping News, Proulx uses figurative language to reveal how Quoyle’s differences affect himself. The figurative language in the passage enlightens us to the fast that Quoyle, a very insecure person is unsure of himself and doesn’t fit in. Proulx says Quoyle “stumbled through his twenties and into his thirties learning to separate his feelings from his life, counting on nothing” which unveils a lack of trust in himself and that in many ways is shown through his father as he keeps trying to get Quoyle to succeed. Quoyle’s father is described as pushing Quoyle to be successful, Quoyle’s father as Proulx states, “Again and again the father had broken his clenched grip and thrown him into pools, brooks, lakes, and surf.” Diction and figurative
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis,” strong forces lead to loss too soon. Doodle was not the most ideal brother, leading to turmoil inside the boy. To him, Doodle was an embarrassment, leading to a powerful urge to make him walk (Hurst 112). Sometimes family isn’t perfect, but it is what it is; there is no choice. The boy needed to not let him get ahead of himself.
In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, the character Telemakhos struggles to become a man. Telemakhos lacks confidence in himself and is irritable. Though he has negative qualities that can hold him back from maturing, he also has many good qualities that will help him become a man. At first Telemakhos is too afraid to confront his mother's suitors and starts off insecure about his potential. He believes there is nothing he can do to kick the suitors out: “What if his father came from the unknown world and drove these men like dead leaves through the place, recovering honor and lordship in his own domains?” (I.142).
Similarly, the central characters in A Doll’s House by Henry Ibsen and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, also experience various problems that are in a way caused by society and adgrevated by individual shortcomings leading to tragic circumstances. Arthur Miller introduces a social problem which is the realisation of the American Dream and the difficulties the protagonist, Willy Loman, gains from trying to achieve the American Dream. No matter how much Willy tries to succeed in life, he still fails to achieve the American Dream. Not only that but Willy does not seem to realise what he has done wrong and questions himself why his brother Ben, or even his neighbour, Charley, are able to reach his dream and not he himself. His brother Ben always flaunts in front of him saying that he has already succeeded in life and also achieving the American Dream at the age of 21 in “when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out.
The main conflict in “A Father’s Story”, is a personal conflict. This is where the main character battles with thoughts against himself. Luke Ripley seems to be a satisfied man in his life, but he hates the weary drudgery associated with the life itself. Luke is standing with his faith. However, the faith he is standing with, endangers him, making his home confused.
Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings.
In doing so, Bob always questions the way he approaches the situation. He is never confident in the way that he guides his son because throughout the passage he uses interjections which show that not only does he think about what he thinks, he also thinks about what he might think in the future about what he
Baba [goes] on staring [him] down and [doesn’t] offer to read” (Hosseini 31). Since Amir wants so badly to be loved and acknowledged by his father, he is desperate to win attention by writing a good story. The air growing “heavy, damp [and] solid” helps to show Amir’s nervousness and feeling of detachment from Baba. Amir being separated from his father, fuels his actions throughout his life.The relationship that they have is weak and Amir believes that he needs to do things in order to win his father’s affections. When faced with a difficult situation, Amir chooses to win over his
Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman faces this problem as his failing career is unable to provide for his family in 1949. As he faces pressure from his family and neighbors to fully support his family, he places his idea of the American Dream upon his children, Biff and Happy to continue maintaining his unwavering belief in the dream.