For example, Tom Buchanan has a very powerful status, which attracts Myrtle because she strives to be in the upper class. Tom Buchanan takes advantage of the fact that George is an oblivious, poor man when he says “He’s so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive” (Fitzgerald 26). Because Tom views George at a lesser value than himself, it makes it easy
The use of literary devices was very common in this book because of much complex each character is. Most character have an in depth background that explains why they act a certain way. One of the most important examples of this is when the narrator is explaining Bilbo’s family tree. Explaining his background showed the reader how complex he is. One side of his family (Baggins) is a very respected family that is wealthy and never went on adventures, the other side (Took) was a very wealthy family that always was on adventures and wasn’t very respected because of their unpredictability.
b. What role does Shiny play in the novel? Shiny plays as an intelligent young student who is kind of superior in what he does. Normally, this is uncommon and is treated as any different due to his intelligence Shiny exceeds to his best ability. The ex-colored man honors Shiny and sees him as being a unique individual of his race.
A Man of True Dignity In a world full of injustice and cruelty, people like Atticus who fight against that norm are incredibly important. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the best novels ever written, partially because of Atticus, a very wise man who embodies exactly what dignity ought to be. Atticus carries himself in a matter that deserves respect and honor. Not a word comes out of his mouth that he has not thought through carefully and he possesses words of wisdom for any scenario or situation in life. Throughout the novel, Atticus clearly lives his life in a very discerning, upstanding and peaceful manor.
When describing Burnham, Larson uses several adjectives, depicting him as “handsome, tall, and strong” (26). He writes that people like Burnham because of “his strength, his steady blue gaze, and the confidence with which he conducted conversation” (20). Larson writes that “Burnham and Root became rich men. Not Pullman rich,...enough so that each year Burnham bought a barrel of fine Madeira and aged it by shipping it twice around the world…” (26). Larson uses long sentences and colorful adjectives to give a more detailed and descriptive account of Burnham causing him to seem more personable to readers and have a likeable image.
A poem named “The Unknown Citizen” by W. H. Auden encourages this idea. “He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be/ One against whom there was no official complaint,/And all the reports on his conduct agree/ That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint, (Auden).” This poem talks about a man who was loved by many and was called nothing but positive things. Conformity leads to having a comfortable presence for everyone else. “For his Union reports that he paid his dues,/(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)/...Social Psychology workers found/That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink./... bought a paper every day/...normal in every way./... fully insured,/...once in hospital but left it cured (Auden).” The man in the poem was perfect for this world. Due to him conforming so well, he had benefits that not everyone was able to have like being popular and having insurance.
We’ve all been cocky about something in our lives at some point, but being arrogant is a different story. Being cocky is when you’re overconfident, but arrogance is when you see yourself superior to everyone. In the short stories Raymond’s Run and A&P the authors examine arrogance, cockiness and contempt and how the main characters resolve conflict. Squeaky, the main character in Raymond’s Run, shows cockiness rather than arrogancy. However, the main character of A&P, Sammy, is arrogant because he thinks that everyone is below him and has a bad thing to say about everyone.
Frank once told her, “Little Jo, you are the unfriendliest fella I ever met…” (Ballad). That is almost a compliment to someone pretending to be a man. As the days passed, Jo became more and more reserved with her language, but her emotions still overcame
He was especially threatened by him when he threatened to tell everyone what really happened when Curley gets his hand crushed. Slim likes Lennie and Curley feels obliged to listen to him. Not only does Curley represent the theme of man's inhumanity to man, but Curley's wife does as well. Curley's Wife is not the example of a perfect wife. Curley and his wife are not the loving couple everyone admires either.
With this, his life became an endless cycle of useless habits that only led to depression and eventual suicide. These three fictional characters’ stories can succinctly be paraphrased as “seek and you shall not find,” speaking in terms of the pursuit of happiness. Another character in Death of a Salesman, ironically named, is Happy Loman. Happy is almost a replica of Willy Loman, and his competitive nature is directed at pursuing women rather than business successes. On page 23 of Death of a Salesman Happy says “And it's crazy.
Like many Nick sets off to escape monotony in life and to make his fortune. What elevates him, is the way that he manages not to be taken in by and blinded by the glitzy lifestyle of the socialites. On the contrary, when he realizes what his “social superiors” are really like (shallow, hollow, uncaring, and self-serving), he is disgusted and he distances himself from them even though this means committing social suicide. “they’re a rotten crowd….you’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” (pg 142) In Chapter 3, once again Nick comes across as less mercenary than everyone else in the book as he waits for an invitation to attend one of Gatsby 's parties, and also takes the trouble to seek out his host. Nick has what many of the other characters lack — personal integrity — and his sense of right and wrong helps to raise him above the norm.
Jefferson was only doing what makes him happy and enjoy everything in his life according to his poem when he says “life, life’s too weighty? Too long a haul, sir? I lived past eighty. I liked it all sir.” Lastly, as a result of Jefferson’s amazing skill and writing, he impacted not only his country, but the whole world, even though he was criticized according to his poem when he says “they call you rascal? They called me worse”.
And it all comes down on him when he realizes that all of the “friends” he has are only with him for him money and fame. In “The Great Gatsby there are many opinions on “great” and the way they think of Gatsby. There are people who don’t like him, people that do, and people who only like him for his fortune. Hey may have set out and made a good fortune out of his life but he did it in all the wrong ways. But Gatsby was also driven by noble emotion and love.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an appropriate title for the novel because Gatsby himself is great. He is great because he is able to fool everyone that he is and always has been a person of high social and economical class, he is great because he isn’t like Tom and Daisy, he isn’t as careless. Remember you don’t have to be good to be great. And as the critic Matthew J. Broccoli notes, Gatsby “is truly great by virtue of his capacity to commit himself to his aspirations.” (Bruccoli 22) We celebrate achievement born of hard work and clarity of purpose because there’s a greatness in that success you don 't get by, lounging around your pool all day.
In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist, Meursault is a man who has each of these qualities, and lives a very boring and uninteresting life. When considering if happiness is real I think that it depends on the person and how they approach happiness. For example, some people are generally happy and try to live with a happy approach. Other people however try to act happy and use this to cover up the real problems that they have in their life. I see this a lot in society because there are many instances where people resort to happiness in order to escape their problems.