Ignoring the reality of everyday life and how it works can obsure individuals perspective of the world, which has devastating effects, such as not being able to understand what it best for ones self in life. In ‘Paul’s Case’ by Willa Cather, the protagonist, Paul, experiences these devastating effects. In order to escape the misery of his everyday life, Paul ignores reality and devises an affluent life for himself, however it is these illogical measures that ultimately cause him to make irrational and harsh decisions that prevent him from securing self-fulfillment. Paul’s great misunderstanding about the relationship between work and money cause him to carry out decietful actions that lead to his downfall. Paul strongly believes that he belongs in the
But in all reality it is Gene who resents Finny and his resentment increases when Finny does not attain a reciprocal envy. When Gene's acts resentment drives him to enacts malicious thoughts and behaviors, he suddenly realizes that his real enemy lies not with Finny, but within himself, Finny's lack of comprehension with reality destroys him, and war is an internal conflict that beings spend their lives fighting against(This view is also shared by Bryant Hallman). Gene is very intelligent who ultimately adores and is jealous of Finny. He increasingly loses character and thinks to disperse it with his friend. Gene copes with his jealousy by convincing himself that he and Finny were "even after all, even in enmity.
Andrew Kim Mrs. Elrod 10th Grade G/AC March 6, 2012 Literary Analysis Essay In the play, “Antigone,” Creon’s view of justice is morally wrong. He lets his pride and authority get in his way of his judgment. Creon was stubborn and did seek change until the death of his family. After his downfall, he finds the understanding of justice. Creon is sorry for what he was done, he repents, but it is already too late.
As mentioned above, Willy reflects Biffs’ failure in business as a reflection of his own dreams of succeeding although he only succeeded for a short while in his life. Also, the affair that Willy was in might have affected Biff and made him unable to keep a job. Willy has such insecurities with betrayal and himself that not only does he believe his family betrays him but also people on the outside too. His boss, for example, just because his boss fired him, Willy takes it as a form of betrayal even though he tells him, “there’s no room for betrayal in the business
He loses himself in his emotions, but he struggles to control himself while “evolving the right way” (125) in order to survive. Gene feels guilty for losing himself, as a child would, when throwing a temper-tantrum. He does not mean to hurt people, especially the ones he cares for, he just does not know any better. Gene’s instincts kick in when he feels threatened, and he always regrets when they do. After Gene kicked Leper’s chair he says to Mrs. Lepellier, “I’m terribly-it was a mistake…he said something crazy.
Amir committed the deadly sin of being envious towards Hassan being in Amir’s life and his value towards Baba, which left him in guilt for witnessing Hassan’s struggle growing up. This all left him in unhappiness throughout his adulthood and married life as he was never able to forgive himself unless he had strived for Hassan’s forgiveness. This is what led into Sohrab’s value in Amir’s life. Therefore, throughout one’s life of sinful deeds, and wrong doings, one cannot forgive themselves unless they seek for others forgiveness and
But the answer to the question, as is so often the case, is all in how you ask it. You see, if the question is, can the life and death of a salesman be tragic?, then, of course, the answer is yes it can. Nor does it require that he be a "great" man, but it does require that he be a good man. The problem with trying to imbue this play with the aura of tragedy is not that Willy Loman is a little man, it's that he's not a good man : he's not much of a salesman; he cheats on his wife; he lives vicariously and unfairly through his eldest son, Buck, then makes excuses for that son's pathological misbehavior; he virtually ignores his second son; he's a real bastard to friends, neighbors and extended family; and so on. Perhaps I missed something, but what quality is it in Willy that should make us regret his departure?
ISSUES : The American Dream The American Dream is an issue portrayed through different aspects and characters in Death of a Salesman. Through the play, failed visions of the American Dream are contrasted with the successful ones, highlighting the abstract quality and implications of such delusions. Willy is unable to accept the disparity between his belief in his diminutive version of the dream and his own life. The failure of Willy’s dream is indicative of the fact that the bewildered circle of American society has broken down his personal relationships, and also that the society is unstable. This reveals the tragic side of the American Dream, where it does not bring anticipation, but affliction.