Press and press until you’re dead” (Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, p. 12). His only person to confide in, Valentine, his sister, was ripped away from him and then used against him by Graff. Not only are they unreliable, but the adults lie to him and manipulate. Kessel questions whether this is a healthy thing to to a young child, and whether or not it should be passed on to the young-adult audience of this book. Well, it shouldn’t.
The first character foil they have is their personalities, Amir and Hassan have very distinct personalities and they show especially early in the book. Amir is not brave and Hassan seems to be, in the book when Hassan was getting raped by Assef Amir just stood there and watched. He didn’t stop because he was too much of a coward. Amir could've stopped the tragedy that had happened to his friend but he did nothing. Hassan on the other hand was offered to be let free if he gave away the kite but refused and that shows his braveness and loyalty.
The thought of bringing posters home for their daughter caused so much fear and worriedness in Marji’s parents lives because the government forbids any westernized life and the posters contained a western band on them. Therefore, Satrapi clearly showed their emotion through facial expressions. This is significant to the main purpose of the chapter because even though we can clearly interoperate that they are fearful and worried for their lives, they still tried to smuggle the posters over the boarder despite the government’s oppressive law not
Holden sees the words “F*ck You” etched on the walls of Phoebe’s school and attempts to remove it even though he knows it is futile. Holden’s greatest fear is that children will lose their innocence when exposed to the harsh realities of the adult world, such as profanity. He knows that it is impossible to get rid of all profanity written on wall everywhere, but he tries to overcome his fear because it is important to him that children do not see it. Holden shows true courageousness in the way he relentlessly tries to shield the innocent and conquer his fear. Holden explains that he is a pacifist and that he does not really like violence.
Jem and Scout are taught a very different, and more humane, way of treating people, regardless of how different the person may be, by their father, Atticus. He teaches them that “you never really understand a person… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (P 33). Scout tries to apply this as she struggles to understand the inhumanity she witnesses around her, but is largely unsuccessful until the end of the novel. Only after walking Arthur home on the night Arthur saved her life did she truly understand this; “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.
The two main themes from the story are childlike belief and naïveté, as well as destructive (radical) optimism, which are embodied in the characters of the story. Candide embodies both themes because his childlike naivety and belief in Pangloss’ teachings causes him to suffer through many different disasters until he is willing to adopt another philosophy; his inability to construct his own only further illustrates his naivety and inexperience with the world. This ignorance is the root of the dangers behind radical optimism as it prevents informed, logical, and rational thinking about the world. Even after being enlisted in the army that destroys his old home, and apparently rapes and slaughters his love Cunegonde (Candide 4), Candide remains naïve and trusting. Candide’s constant loop of disasters happens only because of his naivety, and the repetition emphasizes that warning that Voltaire is trying to present to his
‘The Kite Runner’ similarly enforces fear upon those who seek redemption. Amir’s fear of disappointing Baba is what caused him to build up regret and guilt. Amir knows Baba’s standards, and after betraying Hassan numerous times he senses that he may never be able to redeem himself. In fear of disappointing Baba, Amir grows up and becomes a much more respectful and honest person. Soraya also redeems herself after fearing her father when she ran away.
The American Dream is the biggest comparison in the two novels and a secondary addition to that could be how unrealistic they are. Gatsby is completely impractical about his dream, he convinces himself that Daisy will leave her husband, child and her life to be with him. Afterwards Gatsby started realizing what was going on and started to panic and worry when it was not going his way, however he was always filled with fear of failure he never once gave up hope on Daisy even through very tough situations such as Myrtle’s death. Lennie was similar in the way that he would get himself into trouble on the contrary he still expected his dream to come true but he never realized that it would never be possible if he kept getting himself into trouble.
Following misunderstood traditions allows people to perform harmful actions because it is what they have been taught to do. In the short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson reveals the tragic consequences of not being willing to stand up against traditions that serve no useful purpose in society. Through the use of symbolism, characterization and setting shows the way that even ordinary people pursue traditions that create tension and harmful outcomes to anyone involved. People will blindly follow tradition without questioning it or its outcome. A box that has been used since the lottery started is now on its last leg but when "Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, no one liked to even upset a tradition as was represented by the black
Ever." Pg. 173-174 To me this quote is very important because he is deathly afraid of Mautz and Virgil but he stands up to them because he doesn't want to expose Sarah. My second quote is “ The letter was clear:shaky as I was, I was her only friend. I'd rather have her hate my guts and be safe than love me and by alone.