Tom is a scoundrel, and no sliver of empathy can be given to Tom, due to his reckless behavior. Tom 's behavior affects everyone around him as a result two people die. Myrtle is murdered by his wife Daisy and Gatsby is murdered by George Myrtle 's husband. Both deaths could have been avoided if Tom was more of a man and less of a scoundrel. Big, powerful is the idiosyncrasy that Fitzgerald uses to describe Tom: " Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body-He seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained the top lacing, and you could see a great pack of muscles shifting when his shoulders moved under his thin coat" (Fitzgerald pg.
The following essay will argue and explain Holden’s view on authenticity, phoniness, truth, and his quest for answers to all his existential questions. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a wealthy adolescent who cynically rejects the superficiality of post-war America and no longer tolerates the empty values of his society, therefore in his personal view he regards superficial people as “phonies”, for they are neither truthful towards their selves nor authentic. In Holden’s quest of self-discovery his view on truth is recognised when he feels sorry for pretentious liars like Lillian Simmons and has a strong sense of fairness as he tries to correct injustice and unfairness. On this existential self-discovery quest, Holden finds himself questioning life and gains enduringly endearing qualities which establishes his views. The perception of authenticity can be described as the notion that people ask questions about the substance of directorial standards of society, and consequently they discard certain behavioural enigmas of the society which they belong to.
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
The narrator of “The Tell-tale Heart” is a madman who does not believe he is insane but continues to show otherwise during the telling of how he kills the old man to police officers. After a week of planning the murder, he still did not find satisfactory because he could still hear the beating of the old man’s heart. Also, if one is not a madman then why would one commit such a crime just because of an eye. While the narrator explains the story of how and why he commits murder, one can conclude that some details are unrealistic throughout his story. Which leads him to come off as a psychopath because of the details and the reason behind killing the old man.
The Pearl is the story of the pearl diver, Kino. His story explores the greed and evil in man’s nature and how, when given the opportunity to gain wealth, can lead to overpowering one’s morals, Through the novel The Pearl, Steinbeck suggests that greed for materialistic possessions can often cloud judgment and emotions. Shown throughout this novella, the manipulation of riches and greed can overpower one 's morals and integrity. At the beginning of the book, the main protagonist, Kino, although is good at heart, allows the overwhelming power of the pearl and its promises to control him, which ultimately brings him and his family to inescapable doom. Kino is a poor man with a loving family, who is essentially very content with his modest lifestyle, but as the first evil; the scorpion who stung baby Coyotito, the loving image of the family starts to fall apart.
Equity, says Thrasymachus, profits the solid. He includes that despots, the most unjustifiable, are the happiest and wealthiest due to their oppression. Casualties of oppression, those most unwilling to do unfairness, are the most pathetic. Men restrict unfairness on the grounds that they are anxious about being hurt by it, not on account of they fear participating in it. Thrasymachus tries to leave, yet is halted by the
Tryston Strickland Dr. Norwood Honors English IV March 8, 2018 The Flaw: Human Nature In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad shows human nature’s tendency toward callousness through the use of greed, imperialism, and darkness. Throughout the book the topics of greed, imperialism, and heartlessness give examples of the flaw that humans cannot fix. Humans tend to help others when there is a benefit for them to gain. This greed drives humans to overlook the unthinkable in order to satisfy their lust for power and money. The attempted help of the Englishmen becomes the disease that slowly starts to cripple the host to gain the power they desire.
Furthermore he did stalk the old man before he killed him and showed no sympathy nor any human emotion. Which just shows the problem he 's having with his identity and inner vision is deep. That does also explain why everytime he looks at the old man he became irritated and felt like it was necessary to get rid of the eye. While the heart does resemble the human perspective of the narrator considering that he even bragged about executing the perfect murder. But his conscience started to come back and felt awful about the crime that he had committed, so he confesses to the
Although Daisy knows about Tom having an affair, it seems to affect her throughout the novel. Tom appears to be aggressive and abusive towards Myrtle when he hits her and breaks her nose when Myrtle hastily says “Daisy, Daisy, Daisy.” Although Tom may be cheating on his wife, he still shows sympathy towards her and that he still loves her. Finally, throughout the novel Tom seems to be all tied up with lies and cheating. After Myrtle was killed hit by a car, Tom tells George, eagerly looking for the car that killed Myrtle that “Gatsby’s got a yellow car” which happens to be the same car described in the incident that struck Myrtle. Tom’s actions were deceit because little does he know that Daisy was the one driving the car recklessly at the time.
Fitzgerald is clearly critiquing the American dream, and the capitalism which consumes everyone, but by giving this couple such a gloomy existence, there is no real moral to the story. If they were happy, it would be a truly Marxist novel, but they are portrayed as negatively as the rich people. With or without money people are unhappy and they are unpleasant people, through quotes like, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money, or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess that they had made” (Fitzgerald 25). However, the vivid description of their beautiful clothing, houses, friends, and even their physiques, make them much more attractive to the reader than the pitiful lives of lower