By examining pride’s role in “The Scarlet Ibis” and in real life, it is evident that pride can be dangerous and destructive. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, the narrator’s pride ultimately caused the death of his brother and brought him pain and suffering. Since the narrator was only motivated by his selfish pride, he kept pushing Doodle harder and harder, without regard for his brother’s feelings or well-being. If he had acted out of love instead of pride, he would have been gentle and compassionate when he helped his brother, therefore preventing his death. The text states, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” Pride caused the narrator to act recklessly at the expense of his
Typically, the father is the one who has to save the son. In this case, however, the son is the one who has to save the father, disappointing the son because the elder has more experience and should know better. Therefore, with that experience, the father should have avoided any problems that need a third party to interfere. The difference is, for The Kite Runner Baba’s disappointment towards who Amir has become and for “Forgiving Our Fathers,” Lourie’s father disappoints his son by setting a bad example. A similarity between Baba and Lourie’s father is making their sons feel disappointed in both the fathers and the sons.
Thus showing that the american dream is not a great dream after all. The main character Willy had big dreams and ideas for his family future. He maybe saw himself in one of his son’s named Biff, Willy wanted him to be a great worker on the business world but after Biff failed math he believed that he had ruined his life. In Willy’s eyes biff failing
However, he does not abide by societal expectations demanded by the made up reality and he is true to himself. He is but a typical individual. What Christof meant to say was, Turner is real and he does not pretend nor try to be perfect as society demands. He has flaws, and imperfections which makes him real. Truman seeks adventure and excitement in life but he is unable to attain it.
On the other hand, Willy in his flashbacks is a loving father and husband, the difference is ultimately obvious because he cannot live with the realization that he has failed, therefore in his last chance he decide to commit a suicide to leave his life insurance money to Biff to begin a new life. Many critics have asserted that Willy is a modern tragic hero and his tragedy lies in his belief in the American dream, Willy Loman is represented everyone, most people see themselves in Willy, the situation in which he stood and to which he was reacting, Willy Loman is represented the modern psycho character who carry contradicting feelings and emotions together, but the most effective one is his anger which turn his life to hell (Murphy 86). Biff
Mccandless sense of self confidence while trying to find his identity helped him to progress in life, but was also his greatest downfall; Into the Wild demonstrates self confidence as not an unacceptable trait to have, but the significance of the negative or positive effects it can possess. Confidence played a big role in Mccandless life, so much that he created relationships with his family and other people that caused him to go on his adventures. Throughout this book Mccandless expresses his hate towards his parents. When he was old enough to realize that his dad had cheated on his mom this particular aspect changed him. He wanted nothing to do with his parents.
To undo this guilt he does different actions in the positive way that show how his actions are now used for positive good deeds. Amir grows to become someone willing to die for Sohrab and believes Sohrab to be a part of his family which is ironic because Hassan was never able to become a part of their family due to social pressures. After Amir recognizes that Hassan knew all along Amir has a bigger feeling of guilt which is only washed away through constant deeds. One service is when Amir places the crumpled money for a positive outcome rather than to chase someone out, “ Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress ( 242) ”. As Amir grows as a character after ridding himself of different guilts he develops and grows by changing different actions that he has committed in the past as a sin.
While Myra and all of Babbitt 's neighbors criticize the marriage, Babbitt secretly tells his son that he is proud of him for being his own person. This shows that, although Babbitt choose conformity for his own life, he is not satisfied with the materialistic and conformist lifestyle that has resulted from this decision. According to Conroy, Babbitt looks to his son for hope for an end to discontentment.22 His only hope to escape the complete bondage of conformity is to encourage his son to be an individual and prevent him from falling into the same lifestyle in which
In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, an average man named Willy strives to be successful and make himself known to the world. As he approaches the age most men hope to retire, he stills tries to achieve his dreams of being rich and loved. His two sons, Biff and Happy, have been shaped by Willy’s ideologies and have learned much of what they know as adults from him. Despite his aspirations for them and the effort he has put forth to help them be prosperous, they have both not fulfilled his expectations. Biff has never had a steady job or girlfriend.
Brick undergoes a breakthrough in his character when his complex with deceit is finally broken through. He expresses his want for his father’s affection, of which he believes what not genuine. “All I wanted was a father, not a boss!...I wanted you to love me...” “Not me and not Gooper.” Big Daddy has an epiphany about his life and character and comes to terms with his confusion with love and materialism. “You gave her things Papa not love!” He comes to terms with his own mortality when in an instance of rage he speaks about the future “in a year or two years from now” and recognises that he may not have one. Brick learns about Big Daddy’s yearning to give his children what he never had.
Biff does not have the sufficient control of his father’s life to stop his father from committing suicide. Per contra, Biff trying to pull his father from his delusional word as well as giving his father hope helps elongates Willy’s grasp on life. Linda may assume that Biff will be able to save Willy through the two men’s relationship due to Willy’s self worth defined by Biff; however Biff while being able to help his father, has no substantial control or access to his father’s mind, being then unable to force his father away from his dangerous false reality driving Willy to suicide.