By daring himself to go underground, a world full of literature, the Underground somehow transforms himself into a hero because he goes against the odds even though he constantly criticizes himself as spiteful or sick. James P. Scanlan writes, “That the Underground Man was not merely egoistic but morally reprehensible in general has not seemed obvious to some readers, who have cited as redeeming features his desire for satisfying relations with others and his apparent search, at one point in Part One, for a moral ideal of community” (555). Although the Underground Man has moral flaws he can be considered as more credible than heroes. He
This could be becoming aware of how they were being manipulated, refusing to take the required medicine, or starting to form their own ideas about how the community should be run. They did not want to tamper with humankind because “...the world was stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. they’re well off; they’re safe…” (226). The society has chosen to sacrifice “high art” for stability instead of allowing true happiness (226).
Meursault’s typical personality is conveyed through his foil characters, Raymond and Marie, which creates contrast with their sentimental character. They disclose a deeper emotional attachment to Meursault however Meursault observes the emotions of others with an absurd and psychological detachment. Meursault has an amoral character in which he is unconcerned with rightness or wrongness, if he “didn’t have any reason not to” (Camus,1942, p.32) Meursault will do anything desired. Significant events such as marriage and death does not matter to him on a sentimental level as “it didn’t make any difference” (Camus,1942, p.41) to Meursault. Hence, Meursault’s lack of value in life and alienation from the society is conveyed through interpersonal
He does not believe in life after death and has no religion to support his beliefs, which make his life poor and empty. In The Stranger, Camus uses character Mersault to illustrate that life is an absurd and pointless by the reaction to his mother’s death, the interaction with his friends, the treatment with his girlfriend Marie, and specially by his execution time. The author brings some features of the character Mersault that are easily
Later, he states “One of my troubles is I never care too much when I lose something...Maybe that’s why I’m partly yellow.” (89). This shows that he is unmotivated and doesn’t care. He also says he is a coward when referring to himself as yellow. Being apathetic shows that Holden Caulfield would not make a good friend because he is unmotivated and very negative. A good friend would not bring the other person down, but help them look at the bright side.
You may ask how can he be both, well because he faces the main conflict in the novel as well as causes it. He faces execution because he killed a man in cold-blood and his lack of his emotions causes his situation to be direr. There are minor characters that were beneficial and others that were detrimental. Marie Cardona: honest, easy
Firstly, the barber contemplates on killing Captain Torres, the executioner, so he would stop killing the rebels, but does not want to be a murderer. It was a regular day for the barber and suddenly Captain Torres comes in and talks about capturing and killing rebels, to the barber who is a rebel. While Captain Torres was laying on the chair all the barber could think about is that he had the man who directed all the executions, now in his hands. He thinks to himself how easily he could slice Captain Torres’ throat, but also thinks to himself: “I 'm a revolutionary, not a murderer”(Téllez 50). The barber wants to kill Captain Torres because of all the executions, but at the same time he is a cautious barber who is proud of his profession so he continues shaving.
The Objectivist is not someone who uses other people to create their own success. A true Objectivist does not rely on other people. Therefore, Ellsworth Toohey is not an Objectivist, or an individual. He also fails at being an individual, because of the way he dealt with the problems of his life. Toohey was constantly ignored growing up, and he hated that, so he dealt with that by making sure he would never be ignored again, Toohey is just as much of a parasite as Peter, because “[He] create[‘s] nothing.
Meursault 's explanation to this was that, “My eyes were blinded behind the curtain of tears and salt...my whole being tensed and I squeezed my hand around the revolver. The trigger gave.” (Camus 59). Although we assume that he had killed the Arab after the first shot, Meursault shoots him another four times after because he does not think it matters. He uses the sound and feel of the gun firing those shots to give him a brief break from the heat and pressure of the day. With this perspective on life, Meursault understands that not only does he not care about the situation, but the world does not care either.
This marks a parallel between the film and the theory of Utilitarianism. Mill’s Greatest Happiness Principle, which addresses that good is whatever brings about the greatest total happiness, is in accordance to Phil’s psychological development. Initially, Phil is portrayed as a self-centered, rude man, with egocentrism as his “defining characteristic,” but later he endeavors to turn into a better person. He learns to speak a new language, acts in a kinder manner to people, and by the end of the film he becomes truly happy (“I'm happy now... because I love you”). He realizes that there is more pleasure in helping others than food or money.