“If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse” (Booker). No one likes feeling weak; even more so when it’s their own fault. Weakness can be caused by a multitude of reasons such as the lack of a comprehension or for health reasons which sometimes lead to negative outcomes. John Steinbeck 's novella Of Mice and Men proves that weakness leads to a variety of repercussions by using irony to show weakness, Candy’s self troubles, and the use of foreshadowing. Irony was used to the show the outcomes caused by weakness in Of Mice and Men throughout the entirety of the story.
With a few exceptions, people simultaneously embody evil and good in their life; Hosseini demonstrates this with Amir, who is convinced that he himself is evil, and spends most of the book struggling to redeem himself so he can finally realize he is not wicked after all. A person is truly evil when they have a lack of morals, or morals unbelievably skewed from the rest of society. Hosseini presents
That being said, it is ignorant to say that his fatal flaw is the sole reason for his downfall, as there were many contributing factors such as his jealousy and insecurity that factored into it. Nevertheless, his gullibility is ultimately the root cause as it enabled for these factors to come into effect. His fatal flaw is first pointed out by Iago, who comments that “The Moor is of a free and open nature/ That thinks men honest that but seem to be so” (1.3, 392-393). As the play progresses, Iago capitalizes on this weakness to plant seeds of doubt in his mind of Desdemona. Iago points out that “[Desdemona] did deceive her father, marrying you” (3.3,204), and thus brings to Othello’s attention that Desdemona is capable of lying.
The philosophy known as existentialism is known to embrace a lot of hopeless and prohibited elements into its belief structure, and many of the favorite existential writers - John Steinbeck, for example - often incorporate may of those recusant images into their stories. In his tremendously successful, award-winning novel, Of Mice & Men, worrisome themes like the meaninglessness of life, the loneliness of being a “thinking” individual, and the received futility of existence are all artfully employed by Steinbeck in order to illustrate the brittleness of the human condition. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck introduces an absolute parade of desperate, defective, and defeated characters to promote several of the dominant catastrophic concepts connected to existentialism. Similarly, the movie of the same name - released in 1992, and starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich - employs all of those same characters, and many of the same dark themes, to encourage the philosophy of existentialism, yet three stand out most prominently: the absurdity of life, the dizziness of freedom known as
Sometimes, it even overpowers the very structure itself of the novella. Characters such as Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife are all subjects to it. John Steinbeck himself was largely analysing the lifestyles of migrant workers, and while doing so, found inspiration for ‘Of Mice and Men’. He portrays his knowledge by isolating certain characters in the novella. The accuracy of his observations are perfect, as at that time – during the ‘Great Depression’ - people felt like they had to use what little power they had to uphold their position on the social hierarchy scale.
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Thoroughly explaining prejudice in an abstract way, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck displays considerable amount of prejudice. It’s significance lies where Steinbeck conveys vital messages about the society we live in and showcases crucial themes beneath the overall story. Themes such as justice, dreams and prejudice are all displayed through the characters’ thoughts and dialogue. It symbolizes how our society was in the 1900s and what the human race has followed through and developed from experiences, such as sexism, racism, stereotypes, criticism, etc. Produce is showcased in the novella through characters Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife.
Which in the end resulted in a very unfitting demise for Gatsby and Myrtle. Nick is not an honest storyteller but he is a reliable narrator because throughout the story he has been judgemental towards others and not saying the full truth or truly giving the reader the satisfaction of knowing his feelings. In the beginning, he said this “In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.” (Pg.1). Thus from the very beginning of the novel, Nick was stating he had to reserve all judgments but as the reader continues to read on this statement turns out to be false as he in multiple occasions judges a character such as Tom, Gatsby, and Daisy. Nick is a reliable narrator though he tells the full truth all the way to the end well at least to the reader not actually to the characters in the novel.
The eye of the beholder is the one that creates the society of their choice. Therefore, in the end of Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield is the problem, not society, but this is not a surprise because Holden is the most overly narcissistic and selfish characters to ever have the unwarranted and unnecessary fortune of having an entire book written about him. Holden’s perceptions of the world around him say more about him being the problem than society being the problem. Society is what people make of it, if a person surrounds themselves with counterfeit people than their society will appear to be counterfeit to them. Holden constantly complains about society and the world around him, it’s always too much for him, it’s always forgery.
Their lack of control and and their lack of obedience for rules brings them to savagery and loss of innocence, leading to the tragic deaths of a few of their own. William Golding uses symbolism, similes, and repetition to brilliantly and powerfully illustrate loss of civilization and innocence in the novel. Using these literary devices, Golding makes the read much more descriptive and meaningful. The novel really shows the darkness deep inside every man, and under the right conditions, this darkness can arise, resulting in a loss of innocence and civilization. Golding’s uses of symbolism, similes, and repetition help convey that theme even
Is Brutus a bad guy or is he with the wrong group of people? Brutus is an amazing person. The people he is around are what make him seem like the bad guy everyone thinks he is. Peer pressure is what got to him in the end. As he says in the book, “What dangers are you trying to lead me into, Cassius that you want me to look inside myself for something that’s not there?” This quote is from no fear Shakespeare.