For example, the Underground Man makes a salary that is minimal in comparison to the salary of the people he associated himself with. A high salary brings benefits of power and respect. Owing to that the Underground Man has a poverty struck salary. He is not in a position to be granted social benefits among his peers. Opposed to his peers being charismatic towards him he is shunned so in order to give himself a level of importance he forces himself onto social events.
Question 2: Bartleby “prefers not” to work as a way to reject the authority of the narrator as a “boss” in the workplace. At the end of the story, Bartleby’s employment history defines one possible reason for his refusal to work: “Bartleby had been a subordinate clerk in the Dead Letter Office at Washington” (Melville para.250). This background tells the reader that that Bartleby worked in a very depressing environment for many years before coming to the Lawyer’s firm. Bartleby appears to “prefer not” to work or find his own living space because he can no longer do the work of a copyist in this
Scrooge is a man stuck with his own needs and wants. He only does things that help him. Scrooge doesn’t want to salaries because he would be losing personal money. When Bob Cratchit asked for a raise he denied it because money would not be going to him. Ebeneezer Scrooge has little thought for others and lots for himself.
The essence of this is because Bailey knows that he cannot compete Mr. Potter if he demands the same amount of salary. The outcome becomes inevitable and obvious. The residents reject Mr. Potter’s rented homes and opt for Bailey’s residential homes. From there, the outcome is both obvious and inevitable. The business model in this scenario does not favor Mr. Potter this means that he only have two options, either to act like a capitalist by realizing that his business model is poor and try to
Bartleby slowly lost even the ambition to do his job. Moreover, Bartleby’s repeated response of “preferring not too” shows no ill will but is simply a refusal. Having no interest in money or leaving, he breaks the unspoken hierarchal structure in the workplace and creates his own option. This ideology disarms the narrator, as the majority of people who work see it as two choices: do it and get paid or go somewhere else. Therefore, when Bartleby first refused to do his job the narrator did not fire Bartleby.
He is his own conflict because his actions don’t allow him to be successful in any realm. Many times his actions and behaviors cause others to distance themselves. It is also seen that he isolates himself even. Eventually Bartleby’s boss gives up and stops badgering him to do work. Soon after, in response to moving into the office, Bartleby’s boss, the lawyer, moves his own office away so he wouldn’t have to be around Bartleby’s peculiar behavior.
George for instance, says near the beginning of the book, “If he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set” (6). This further explains other people’s interpretation of Lennie and depicts him as less of a person. Secondly, he is left behind when it comes to social activities like horseshoe or going to Suzy’s place. The men leave him behind or do not think of inviting him to join them
In the first stanza, the speaker reflects bitingly on his father’s commitment to his joyless job in an “automotive warehouse”. The narrator attitude to his father's commitment is obvious primarily in the imagery he chooses to express his distaste at his father’s choice to work for a paycheque, rather than for his own fulfillment. “A pay cheque over his mouth” suggests that his father hates his job but does not complain about, perhaps because the money to support his family is more important than his own happiness. However, the son does not respect this choice or his father’s commitment to support his family. Rather, he sees this job as shackles, as slavery, the “clocks stretched around his legs” revealing his resentment at his father working to “get his time in”.
Fear and Importance of Perspective Within both protagonists in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, fear makes its presence known. In I Am the Messenger, Ed describes himself as one who has “no real career. No respect in the community. Nothing.” (19), living in a city that has “not a whole lot of prospects or possibility.” (12). It is only through accepting mediocrity throughout his life that Ed becomes too afraid of doing anything out the ordinary, leading to an uneventful lifestyle.
Ultimately, it is not a decision Sammy take’s lightly. Lengel even states to Sammy at the end of the story, “”you’ll feel this for the rest of your life”” (Updike 435) Chances are, what made Sammy quit was after carefully weighing his options, he was dissatisfied. In Sammy’s eyes, his co-workers represent his possible future outcomes at A & P. Based off the textual evidence, it is self-evident that Sammy has animosity towards his co-workers and would rather not become one of them. To understand why, it is necessary to starting off with by examining his co-worker Storkesie. It is stated that, “Storkie’s Married, with two babies chalked up on his fuselage already” (Updike 432).