It’s a Wonderful Life is a film set in the World War II era that follows the life of George Bailey. George spends his entire life in a small town named Bedford Falls. His dream was always to leave the town and travel the world, but he never gets the opportunity because he is stuck running his father’s building and loan company. George serves the citizens of the town by providing them with affordable housing. During this time he makes many important relationships with people throughout the town. George does not realize the value of these relationships until the end of the film. George gets so caught up in material wealth that he believes that 8,000$ is the dividing line between his death and a life worth living. After George’s guardian angel, Clarence, shows George what life in Bedford Falls would have been like if George had never been born, George finally realizes the huge treasure that lay in the relationships he cultivated throughout his life. This is when the movie shifts into focusing on what really matters, spiritual wealth. George was willing to throw away all of the amazing relationships he had formed over a pile of cash. Like George, most people in society spend their whole lives chasing material wealth, and never slow down to appreciate the priceless spiritual wealth they have built up through friends and family.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is the author of the twentieth century American classic, The Great Gatsby. It is a story of the American dream, settled down in the 1920’s, with issues of the time period being, prohibition, women, class structure, crime, and many more, The Great Gatsby has a taste of each. Fitzgerald incorporated subjects of his time and his very own experiences into the story to portray an era of social and moral values. The 1920’s were a time of breaking morals Class structure and wealth were among the highest pleasures achievable. The 20’s were an era of Jazz; with extravagant music playing throughout all hours of the night. Not only men went to fancy parties, but women as well were invited, sometimes appearing to have no company. Times were changing for women, for they could go out on their own and dress spontaneously. In many occasions throughout the book we get sights of the characters drinking, another big boom of this era; we know that prohibition was an enormous debate about this time as people began to drink more (Fitzgerald). All of this ties together, because Fitzgerald’s vision of the American dream was about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. Were his works for the characters of his book and his readers, or for himself? It is believed that Fitzgerald incorporated his life situations and emotions into his stories.
For one thing, Fitzgerald’s use of language is incredible and lets the reader have an abundance of their own imagination. He uses his main character, who is also the narrator to show what people really thought about each other at the time. An online article that 's based on Fitzgerald and his duologue stated, “Exemplified here is an appreciation of language as an index to sensibility: it is not simply that
Jay Gatsby, the title character of the novel “The Great Gatsby” is a man that can not seem to live without the love of his life. Trying to win Daisy over consumes Gatsby’s life as he tries to become the person he thinks she would approve of. What most readers do not realize is that Jay Gatsby’s character mirrors many personality traits and concerns that the author of novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, had. In fact, Gatsby and Fitzgerald are similar in that they both had a girl they wanted to win over, took a strong stance on alcohol, and ironically both had similar funerals, also, both people also symbolize the American dream.
Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his novel, The Great Gatsby, recounts the story of two love-struck people through another character called Nick. Fitzgerald’s purpose is to show how different characters change throughout the story by using many rhetorical elements like descriptive imagery, the choice of strong diction, and metaphors/similes. The author focuses on the characterization of three main characters which are Gatsby, Daisy, and Nick because they are seemingly connected. These characterizations relate back to the themes of achieving the American Dream that is to be rich and powerful but still have love and a family to come home to every night. Even though many of the characters have changed and evolved throughout the story, some of them
In A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit focuses on the occurrences of the aftermaths of five major North American disasters and how strong bonds within communities form because of those disasters. Each case study provides a concrete description of what surviving residents themselves understand to be an unusual sociological change arising in the midst of casualties, disorientation, homelessness, and significant loss of all kinds. Reflecting on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; the enormous 1917 explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the devastating 1985 Mexico City quake; Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 deluge of New Orleans, Solnit brings a new perspective to these heart-wrenching tragedies. Solnit tells many enlightening stories of altruism and courageous social action. Moreover, although providing insight on these tragedies, Solnit presents her case with a redundant political bias and can seem to show problems that were not there. The book proves that a sense of communal unity arises when the lives of many are falling apart. In Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built In Hell, she provides a stunningly paradoxical answer to the question of social transformation, but often creates problems that weren’t necessarily there.
Resolution of the story The Great Gatsby starts at chapter 9, after the tragic incident has ended. The chapter opens where Nick has moved back to the west and is reflecting back to the day of the incident. It also unfolds Gatsby’s past through acquaintance with Gatsby’s father, Gatz. After Gatsby’s death, no one else wanted to arrange Gatsby’s funeral and as Nick was the only “real” friend, he decided to take care of the funeral. Many can be seen from chapter 9 that relates to the text such as the green light. With the closing paragraphs, we could see what Fitzgerald was trying to show us though this book. Something that not only relates to the 1920s, but also to our current generation.
Cults bring fear in the hearts and eyes of the public, but do citizens know how Jim Jones managed to seduce so many people to join his cult, the Peoples Temple? The Peoples Temple was previously loved in the public eye, as they aided anti-segregation groups and community work, but were eventually relocated in Jonestown, Guyana, under the paranoid eyes of Jim Jones, where they were found dead in a mass-suicide. The ways Jim Jones managed to bring in as many followers as he did are still widely debated to this day. Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, manipulated his members to join his sadistic, sinister cult and blindly follow him until their eventual deaths by using threats, blackmail, and brutal punishments.
In The Great Gatsby deep obsessions over money and power lead people to a loveless and corrupted world. This may have been one of the most depressing stories that F. Scott FitzGerald wrote in The Great Gatsby because FitzGerald has a deep understanding of lives that can be corrupted by greed with people having a sad and an unfulfilled ending. People can be so lonely, and empty that they can never find what they truly want in life and keep pushing it away and then realizing that it was a bad choice in the end.
When writing a novel, an author takes time to carefully craft each character and the feelings in which he or she aims to evoke from the audience towards them. Throughout his novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a natural at causing an audience to evoke certain feelings and emotions towards characters. One of his most popular novels, The Great Gatsby, is a great example of how Fitzgerald lures readers into feeling sympathetic towards characters that would most often be repulsive. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby is a tale of the wealthy Jay Gatsby and his life post war in the 1920s, seen and narrated through the eyes of his neighbour Nick Carraway. Within the novel the reader learns of Gatsby’s lavish parties, his beautiful love, Daisy Buchanan,
Zelda Fitzgerald was a significant icon of the roaring 1920s. From a socialite, painter, and novelist, she was Scott’s literature icon, later influencing the role of the Great Gatsby’s wife in his book published in April of 1925. Zelda grew up always thinking on the positive side of things, regardless of the harsh gender normalities taking place in the jazz era. She was the youngest of five children and lived a youthful and privileged life. As a teenager, Zelda was a talented dancer who challenged the gender norms of her time by drinking, smoking, and spending much of her time with boys. At the age of eighteen, she met the love of her life, Scott F. Fitzgerald, at a country club dance. They had one kid, and moved to long island, New York where
The maze runner is a young adult, science fiction and post-apocalyptic book that has the purpose of introducing the reader into a fantasy world where things can get a little out of control and surviving remains the main focus. The story starts mysteriously with the title character named Thomas, a teenage boy, who wakes up with no memory after arriving with a moving box into a Glade surrounded by a Maze. The book explores different psychological stages of the characters and help up understand how it is like to live with no memory and surrounded by people you do not know. The author, a young man also, has a particular interest in adventure and survival plots due to their excitement upon readers.
Fahrenheit 451 changes the way society is viewed. Growing up, we were told that we can change the world. Here it is in black and white, the importance over how one person can effect the twisted society. It is crazy to believe that less than 50 years ago, this book can predict the twenty first century generation. We are showed the way society has changed with social media. The way we stop caring over the important aspect in our lives. We are showed what society can turn into if we aren’t careful.
After WW2, USA became the strongest and wealthiest nation. Other countries had to rebuild their cities while the USA was spared from the destruction. USA’s society and business had exceeded the other nations by far.
Paradise Lost is the creative epic poem and the passionate expression of Milton’s religious and political vision, the culmination of his young literary ambition as a 17th century English poet. Milton inherited from his English predecessors a sense of moral function of poetry and an obligation to move human beings to virtue and reason. Values expressed by Sir Philip Sidney, Spencer and Jonson. Milton believes that a true poet ought to produce a best and powerful poem in order to convince his readers to adopt a scheme of life and to instruct them in a highly pleasant and delightful style. If Milton embraced the moral function of literature introduced by Sidney, Spencer and Johnson, he gave it a more religious emphasise. For Milton, all human