Steinbeck crafts Lennie’s character, a mentally handicapped man, as an archetype that represents all handicapped and shows how they are excluded from achieving the American Dream. Steinbeck makes it almost virtually impossible for anyone except a perfect white man to achieve the American Dream in the novella. Throughout the story, everyone explains what they want (their dreams). Lennie is always begging George to tell him about how they are going live on a farm. You can easily tell that Lennie’s life greatly relies on his dreams.
How would one feel if they knew that no matter what they did, they will never be recognized for what they are trying to accomplish? Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” discusses a part of his history where he thought he was making a difference in the world, but he was blinded by his innocence and naivete to the fact that he invisible to the white upper class, they don’t see the real him, all they see is a race that they can take advantage of. Invisibly and Blindness are both portrayed in “Battle Royal” through the specific examples like Ralph. Ralph is blind to the fact that the people that he is performing his speech for don’t particularly care about anything that he has to say. Throughout the entire story, he was only focused on if there was
The novel shows this through characters such as Atticus, who believed in an equality without skin color defining who you are. One always seeks to be equal with everyone, no matter who they are, but some people make others feel inferior. When a rich white man compares himself to a poor white man or a white man to a black man and one will assume they’re better. Primarily, the day after the trial Mr. Ewell confronts Atticus and spits in his face, and says, “Too proud to fight, you n~-lovin’ b~” (291)? Atticus could have responded in an impudent manner, but he decided on deserting the situation.
This is evident through Dave’s attitude towards Mr. Hawkins, his boss and owner of the murdered mule. Dave senses that Mr. Hawkins only wants to keep him working and treating him like a mule, and it is this realization that causes Dave’s want to take a goodbye shot at Mr. Hawkins’s “big white house” (Wright, Page 282) to put a little fear in him. In "The Man Who Was Almost a Man," Wright makes the main character Dave Saunders a servant to racial hardship. He demonstrates how whites always have an upper hand over blacks. Dave is just like his parents; he is vulnerable to white men in power and money such as his boss Mr. Hawkins and the shop owner Joe.
I was arrogant. I was lucky.” (Alexie, p. 585) Alexie wanted more for himself and didn’t want to be labelled as a dumb Indian, like everyone expected him to be. He wanted to learn and didn’t care if he had to fight his classmates every day. Another thing to take in this essay is, Alexie love for his Father. Alexie Father was a positive role model for him, and that made him want to be just like his Father.
In conclusion, throughout Boyle’s book we get a glimpse of how the Reconstruction Era was a failure through the story of Ossian Sweet. Sweet worked diligently his entire life to get where he was, and he was on a path for quite a successful life. Unfortunately, the time period of the Reconstruction Era was catered towards white individuals and not people of color. Therefore, no matter how successful one is, the color of their skin will always cement them as the subordinate race, and we saw this with Ossian. Even though he won the case, his success didn’t matter anymore.
Which is why I think he walked into the wild the way he did. When in school, he brought home nothing but good grades constantly. Alex was very assertive that he could live in the wild because he was positive that he could succeed in everything else. Alex would live on the edge; running with his cross country team and purposely trying to get them lost so that they would have to find a way back and run longer, thus bringing us to call him hubris. However, with Alex being so determined with such little experience, it cost his life.
“The pirates..got an all-white team. Got that boy..that Puerto Rican boy.. Don't even get half play time.” Even though Troy sees that teams are recruiting colored people he still sees where the sports industry hasn't fully accepted colored people. He feels that he would be protecting Cory by not letting him play because he feels it would be wasting his time. Due to the circumstances Troy sees that Cory would be another colored person on the team but always on the bench. Troy has always tried to protect Cory and his family.
Chris McCandless, deceased adventurer from “Into the Wild”, underwent many obstacles that seems highly ridiculous. Certain physical and mental challenges that could have prevented, Chris decided to do defying the chance of death or severe injury. But the real misunderstanding is who was Chris proving his manhood too? Coming from a comfortable family whose parents make a wealthy income, Chris McCandless had everything handed to him. For instance, In the beginning of the book it talked about how Chris was an intelligent student who strove for perfection and when he didn’t achieve the grade he wanted he was very hard on himself.
That was, until one day, when he was ten, his brother, Paul altered his world forever. In his story “Everything Will be Okay”, James is in need of someone to love him back, wants to become accepted, and believes that the only way that he will become accepted by his parents is to be like his brothers, however, he doesn’t realize that he is his own person. Firstly,James proves to be someone who just wants something to love him back,even early in the story.
I think Gatsby follows his real Father. As we find out after Gatsby dies his father wasn’t dead and he always knew that, but he never wanted anyone else to. I also believe that Gatsby is very confident that he will always be rich and has no problem saying he is a son of God, who is powerful and all knowing. I think Gatsby has been trying to prove himself to Daisy but also his father this entire book because he wanted to show that he could make a man of himself without anyones help. Fitzgerald gained a sense of credibility from making the allusion to the Bible.
Ben Franklin spoke a quote all too close to one for Messina’s beloved linebacker, saying, “Players must remember that the best victory was not over the opponent, but over oneself.” Addiction had not only consumed Jesse’s life, but it had taken his father’s (163). When Jesse started dealing in his college years, “He was kicked out of school…and barely escaped without jail time” (162). At this point in his life, Jesse, “could not be