“The Boarding House”: An Bitter Perspective In “The Boarding House” by James Joyce, Mrs. Mooney is appropriately called “The Madam”. Mrs. Mooney’s unscrupulous outlook on life forces her to become selfish in her actions. As a result, Mrs. Mooney is viewed as an intimidating and rigid entrepreneur. Mrs. Mooney’s cynical perspective compromises her relationships with others. Mrs. Mooney was previously involved in a dysfunctional marriage to a “shabby stooped little drunkard” (61).
Dickens castigates this class system through the foils of Estella and Biddy, Magwitch’s generosity, and Jaggers’ coolly indifferent ethics. The drastic differences in social status of Biddy and Estella molds them into very different people, with conflicting values and traits. Biddy is compassionate and approachable, Pip “repose[s] complete confidence in no one but Biddy” (95). Biddy, being raised lower class, is shocked at first to discover Pip’s desire to become a gentleman, “Oh I wouldn’t, if I was you!” (128). A working class citizen is no less respectable than a gentleman in Biddy’s eyes, it is the character of the person that truly matters.
In the beginning of the book, Darcy is awkward, overly concerned with other people’s social status, and believes that no women is adequate for him, but by the end of the book, he has learned how to be agreeable, to let go of his pride, and to realize he cares about what Elizabeth thinks of him. At first, Darcy believes that most women aren’t accomplished and judges them very harshly, but he later ends up showing Elizabeth respect that earlier seemed out of his character. During Elizabeth’s stay at Netherfield, Mr. Darcy says, “I cannot boast of knowing more than half-a-dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintance, that are really accomplished” (p.26). Mr. Darcy criticizes women very harshly and does not approve of Bingley’s thinking that most higher class women are accomplished. After Elizabeth has rejects his proposal, however, Mr. Darcy wrote her a very long letter explaining his history with Mr. Wikham.
RPrejudice First impressions aren't everything. However, most people judge others by their looks and behaviors. The basic conflict in the novel "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was cause by the early judge toward others. This story is about a man named Mr. Darcy who refuses to dance with a girl named Elizabeth in a party, which causes her have prejudice toward Mr. Darcy and assumes that he has excessive pride. However, later on, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth eventually fall in love with each other.
Catcher in the Rye: Journal Assignment Throughout the novel, Holden uses his isolation from society as a form of protection. He feels as if he is excluded from society, has no purpose in life and is constantly trying to find meaning for his existence. As the novel progresses, readers see that Holden uses his sense of superiority as a way to cover up his insecurities. Holden feels that because he is better than everyone else, there is no reason to interact with them. However, even though Holden acts emotionless he does have feelings but expresses them differently.
This is revealed when she says, “But Hindley hated him, and to say the truth I did the same”. This makes it clear that Heathcliff did not give off a good first impression. Furthermore, when discussing Earnshaw, Nelly says, “He took to Heathcliff strangely”. By saying “strangely”, it suggests that Nelly thinks very little of Heathcliff and is surprised that someone should actually like him. She also says that she couldn’t dote on Heathcliff and wonders why Mr Earnshaw admired him so much.
He also comments on how they tend to grow old faster, revealing his shallow nature, however the former is our focus here. This comment exposes how extreme, and in many ways traditional, Sir Elliot’s views are – he is disgusted by the fact that hard work could overcome unfortunate class sitting. He would much rather people’s social status be immovable. We can suppose that had he been born into a lower class family, he would feel entirely different on this topic, although he is proven to be too self-absorbed to make any such consideration. Throughout the novel, the social change taking place in real life England is expressed by the
In the play ‘Educating Rita’ cruelty and cynicism feature a great deal. One of the main characters, Frank, is cynical. Frank’s personality portrays him as a miserable old man who cannot see the good in anybody, including Rita. For example, Frank thinks that Rita is only trying to change herself because it will look good to others when they meet her rather than seeing that she is really trying to change her life for the better, not for selfish reasons. When Frank is on the phone to Julia he refers to Rita as “some silly woman” and this portrays him to be cynical because even though he has never met Rita he is already making assumptions about her in a negative manner.
A Tale, of A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens was one of the greatest authors of his time, and his work is still enjoyed today. A Tale of Two Cities is the book I chose to read, and with well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. Charles Dickens wrote this book, to help portray how horrible the feudal system was and the laws by which the king let his people live. Dickens wrote this story during the era of the American Revolution as well as the French Revolution, taking more towards the American Revolution seeing that it only has a year into the French Revolution. Dickens does have a bias in A Tale of Two Cities, to be more precise he had an insular and unhistorical bias.
She disapproves those who have less; despite the fact she stands nowhere near as polite. Later on, as Pip begins his journey in transforming his life for the better, he retains the wrong information about what being a gentleman really means. Pip’s brother in law, Joe Gargery, who always remained one of the few sympathetic characters in the novel, pays Pip a visit in London. Embarrassed by Joe’s lack of manners, Pip appears detached, provoking Joe to part somewhat abruptly, asserting that “divisions among such men may come, and must be met as they come” (2.27.248). Pip’s life greatly reshapes, and in doing so, discomfits the people around him.