Richard Cory's solution was to obtain wealth and the respect of his peers, while Miniver Cheevy tried to resolve his feelings by dreaming about a better life and drinking. From the outside, it would appear to those who knew them that Richard Cory was the more successful one. He had all the money and respect, while Miniver was stuck with a daydream and a bottle. However, while Miniver may have been seen as significantly less happy or successful on the outside, at least his story did not end in his demise. When these two stories are compared, it really does bring into question some common notions that people have about success and
Immorality and Deception in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exhibits villainous human nature through the main character, Jay Gatsby. Since his past relationship with Daisy Buchanan and having not seen her in many years, Gatsby has developed an obsession with regaining her attention and rekindling their relationship. In order to accomplish this, he portrays a lavish lifestyle and makes himself seem like an ideal man: wealthy and wise. He lies about his name, family’s wealth, where he was educated, as well as where his family was educated. To his own misfortune, Jay Gatsby is the most abhorrent character in the novel, due to the immoral ways in which he tries to capture Daisy’s affection.
In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, we encounter a man named Lago who feels that he has been wronged in several ways and seeks his revenge on two men, Cassio and Othello. Lago proves to be a very jealous man, though he has the mental capacity to set aside his emotions and act according to reason and careful planning. Lago is a man who loves to see his success in the manipulative work that he does, with no care for the life of another lost due to his (Lago’s) actions. This very jealous man Lago, has the mental capacity to restrain himself from rash action and plan revenge carefully enough that others are entirely unaware of Lago’s manipulation of them. In Act 2 Scene 1, Lago expresses great jealousy for Cassio, along with hatred for both Cassio and Othello while under the impression that they both have seduced his wife.
Jay Gatsby wanted to make a rich man out of himself and when he did he moved to West Egg. West Egg is for the “New Rich” and it shows in Gatsby’s demeanor. Gatsby had worked and even been a criminal in order to make his fortune but nonetheless he realized the American Dream. Fitzgerald too depicts the American Dream. Fitzgerald rushed to make many novels and short stories in order to make to have his slice of fame and fortune (Willett).
We also know Iago is jealous of Cassio because in Iago’s soliloquy he said “If Cassio do remain/ He hath a daily beauty in his life/ This makes me ugly.” (5.1.18-20) What Iago is saying is, if Cassio remains alive he would be jealous because Cassio is beautiful and he is not. Iago can also mean that he is jealous of Cassio‘s daily beauty; Cassio attracts and appears to be beautiful to other characters without trying. While Iago have to pretend and manipulate people to attract other characters. The jealousy would motivate Iago to devises schemes to get revenge to Othello. Iago had to manipulate many characters in his plan to finally get back at Othello.
Nobility of the few brings together the masses of the many. To which any man perceived to be noble having to possess the traits of someone who will raise other and will not fall. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a man named John Proctor shows his nobility with all his actions, statements and natural talent. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his house servant.
Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor. In both stories, the Antagonists believe themselves above the laws of society and nature; and this ultimately leads their respective demises. The arrogant never realize that their own arrogance leads to their downfall. The characters,
Gatsby believed that by alluring Daisy with money and his apparently luxurious and rich lifestyle she adored, he could have caused her to leave her husband and be with him. In the beginning, Gatsby did everything in his power to become the man Daisy would want to be with, from risking his reputation and obtaining his wealth in questionable ways, to buying a grand mansion across from her own and throwing parties in simple hopes of her attendance, Gatsby was willing to do whatever it took to acquire his illusion of happiness. However, Gatsby’s desire to have what, he assumed, would make him happy intensifies once he rekindled his affair with Daisy as he was even more determined to prove she never loved and her husband and would leave him for Gatsby without hesitation. This great aspiration became the sole focus of Gatsby’s life and caused him to do outrages
The American Family Myrtle and George Wilson were once two passionate lovers, caring for nothing else in the world but each other. However, Myrtle’s selfish aura led her to fall in love with not a man, but a thing: money. She became unhappy with her husband and decided to move on to someone more enticing, someone wealthy like Tom Buchanan. In the novel The Great Gatsby written by Fitzgerald, the Wilsons are discontent with their lives by portraying the theme of how when money is involved, they will become dissatisfied with one another and turn to lives of greed and selfishness. The source of Myrtle and George Wilson’s problems is that they have different viewpoints on each other which lead to Myrtle’s dissatisfaction with him.
What Truly defines success? Success the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals, the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. This word holds so many meaning and yet can hold so little to a person. F. Fitzgerald the author of “The Great Gatsby” provides many examples of success within the novel from symbolism to imagery the success. He gives many examples, may it be from great descriptive setting to what significance an object can hold to a character.