In his poem, Housman pulls together figurative language, sound devices, and structure in order to prove the idea of the athletes fleeting glory. In his poem, Housman states his belief of the importance of death to the young athlete, as the race that the athlete had won (being so important to the townspeople), he can die before his glory fades away. Although the tone of the poem is quite depressing, Housman expresses the sadness of the loss in glory. Housman seems to believe that the older years of life are meaningless due
Marial and uncle were no longer by his side,and they never would be again,but salva knew that both of them would have wanted him to survive,to finish the trip and reach the itang refugee camp safely. It was almost as if they had left their strength with him, to help him on his journey.” Another example is “ So he had to shake the fear of to continue the journey” These examples prove that Salva was determined because he knew that his family would want him to make the trip.
If, however, I choose to the land of my fathers, I must bid farewell to my glory, but survive to a quiet old age. Death, the end of all men, will be slow and tardy to find me (Powell, p. 547). In the movie, Thetis tells her son of his fate when they our on the beach. She says that if doesn’t go to Troy, he will find a wife, have children, and live a long life. Although, if he stays home, he won’t be remembered by future generations of his family.
The three-time United States Track and Field Olympic champion, Gail Devers once said, “Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.” In the non-fiction book Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, protagonist Louis Zamperini demonstrates his everlasting perseverance through his everyday actions. Like Devers believed, the resilient Zamperini refused to be defeated or demoralized and did everything in his power to keep his feet on the ground and his chin up. A rather devious adolescent, Louis Zamperini often stole food and liquor at the expense of his reputation
John did not have to go to war, but he felt it was his duty to do so, just like Alcott did not have to care for the dying soldier, but did so out of compassion. When her story culminates at the end of John’s life, Alcott discloses that she was “. . .glad that, through its touch, the presence of human sympathy, perhaps, had lightened that hard hour” (3). Even in the misery of her patient’s death, Alcott found
Oedipus reveals greatness and disaster because the quote defines his journey, greatness links to the beginning of his life and disaster connects to the end. In the quote, Sophocles states, “And towered up, most power of men,/ No mortal eyes bur looked on him with envy,/ Let every men in mankind’s frailty/ Consider his last day;/ and let none/ Presume on his good fortune until he find/ Life, at his death, a memory without pain.” The quote exposes Oedipus character and the life he
While Benjy’s memories are triggered by some events, Quentin, on the other hand, voluntarily remembers the events and allows them to paralyse his present. Furthermore, his father gave him a watch, reminding him that he received it “...not that [he] may remember time, but that [he] might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all [his] breath trying to conquer it.” (Faulkner, 74) Quite ironically, he spent all his life trying to conquer time which led him to his suicide since he never managed to let go of the past. As Messerli explains it “...the past, for someone like Quentin, exists in the present. [...] Faulkner’s characters are not determined by their past; they are the past.” (Messerli, 21) This is additionally emphasised by Quentin’s broken watch that is still running, and his statement that “...a man is the sum of his misfortunes. [...] but then time is your misfortune Father said.” (Faulkner, 103).
He 's not working towards anything or giving his life meaning, thus if he 's not really living, he 's basically already dead. Not until forced to confront his own mortality, when his life is literally counting down in front of him, does the importance of what he wants out of life take center-stage. After this, Raymond K. Hessel is allowed to live as long as he works towards his goal, as long as he tries to seize the life he wants. Without the realization of his own mortality, without knowing that his entire existence can be gone any moment, he would have continued to live a static life. Through this confrontation he is motivated to end this stagnation, and get his life truly
Also the problem with him is that he wants results, but he wants them really quickly so he does not have to wait for them, like in the end of the chapter when he was not getting any results after meditating and fasting for years he decided to try something new, which shows that he is a very impatient kind of character. I concluded that because whenever there is a problem with his life, he decides to start/try something new. In addition this also compares the life of Siddhartha to everyone's life, because before this quote he said how everyone has a group of people they could go to and have connection with, as they speak the same language, do the same things, but he has no one. He also went as far as describing the animals in the forest and each animal had someone who they could be with, like the two sheep, the apes, the fish in the water, and more. To me this shows like he was missing home, and wanted to have someone he could talk so, especially Govinda, since he was the one person who was always with him during his bad and good
Doubts may remain, but the case can now move forward. Let's say there isn't a solution found in what one would consider to be a reasonable enough time, there is no doubt that he/she will be brought back up for reconsideration. Now say our innocence is proven (not assumed), the apology is usually shit." We'd like to apologize, but you know Tom's been here for years and we would have never assumed him to do something like that." Regardless of your tenure and no matter how many times you thought you were a part of the "Good Ol' Boys" club you were always being watched.
Father! Wake up, they’re going to throw you out the side!” (pg 99) shows the reader that midway through the story Elie still really cared about his father and did not want him to die. He still had hope that his dad could survive. However, this quote at the end of the story, “I no longer thought of my father,” (pg 113) showed that he lost all hope and only thought about himself and his own health due to the circumstances. Also, Elie was not the only son going through
As the war ended, Zamperini returned home to his family and friends, but lost his chance at ever competing in the Olympics, given his physical state. Zamperini was able to use his competitive edge as an athlete an apply this towards his will to live, which is clearly attributed to his survival at the end of the war. His mental toughness, and complete determination to not let the war dictate his life and actions is admirable, and can surely serve as a lesson in our own lives. Personally, I felt that traits including Zamperini’s resilience and survival can be attributed to my own life. On a much smaller scale, I have learned to use my resilience skills to bounce back from adversity, such as dealing with a family illness.
We have little time on earth and it goes by so fast, Living a good life doesn 't have to be measured on how long you live, but what you do during the time you 're on earth fulfilling your dreams, hopes, and self-meaning accomplishments. Henry David Thoreau once stated “ most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them “.His quote is relevant, it can be said he based it on his era, yet it still applies to today 's day in age. These are people who will never really understand themselves until it’s too late and untill they come to an end in their lives. People don 't stand up to a cause until it 's too late. Robert Gould Shaw was an American soldier and the first to command an all-African American regiment.
All this hard work leads here to graduation, and they have earned it. These individuals put off desire and even life goals to achieve a brighter tomorrow, even if that means spending a Friday night at Willis Library or neglecting hobbies. They exert extreme care into their future with the assumption tomorrow has greater potential than today. “You can play now or play later” a phrase many undergrads are reminded constantly. Unfortunately, a growing concern inhabits the minds of college students, parents, and faculty after the Virginia Tech shooting.
We all have seen and been through experiences where we realize the importance of a thing when its gone. Whether it is leaving your school or the death of your parent. We don’t value these things when we have them. Our school days are something we miss from time to time, and will going to school we didn’t realize its actual importance in our lives. In the Oscar Award Ceremony this year, J.K. Simmons after winning an award, emotionally mentioned in his speech how we should talk to our parents more often, as it clearly showed he missed his parents.