My question to this was there a problem in Bartleby’s life? The narrator shows how Bartleby starts to just drift away, he starts off being a very excellent working to just not doing anything. He even begins to just stare at the wall. He is just there not wantingto do anything but just be there. My thought on this is that the lawyer is feeling sorry for Bartleby.
This results in Dimmesdale having to hide his guilt when he is out in public, which in return slowly destroys his soul because he usually is not put into a position where he must lie. If Dimmesdale is to confess his sin he will no longer have to hide it, just like Hester which will result in the mending of his body and soul. Secondly, since Dimmesdale is seen as such a pure and holy man it is extremely difficult for him to confess. When Dimmesdale has to hide his guilt he turns into a, “poor, miserable man! What right had infirmity like his to burden it with crime?
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.
In consideration, self-loathing rules the man’s existence forcing him to be selfless. Their whole life is almost a lie, a misconception trying to convince themselves why they should try to survive. So it seems the man also mirrors this in his personality, pretending to be someone else, convincing himself and the boy of what he is not. An alternative interpretation to the man’s first expression of desperate anger, (or even of any extreme emotion, contrasting to his regular empty, shell-like state), is that he is tortured with the thought that his wife left them and the horrific memories the mention of her brings up. This interpretation would make sense as it leads to an analepsis of the man and his wife arguing.
He gets over whelmed with second thoughts of decision which he made at that moment. In order to get him back on his quest a benevolent guide, his internal strength of curiosity and concern about young man assisted him in his experience. He then started imagining the worst scenarios that could happen to the young man. He wonders “if he is mentally disturbed” or “if he is thinking about suicide”. The narrator is unable to live with this sense of regret and unanswered questions, filled with frustration.
Even his father’s death has brought shame to Okonkwo. So he strives to be a successful and affluent man and through his hard work and determination he becomes one. Achebe’s diction in this quote allows the reader to realize the seriousness of Oknonkwo’s fear of failure. For example,” It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil.” This alone shows that his fear of failure is ultimately going to lead to his downfall because failure is what makes him this man who is afraid to show any feelings that will be seen as “agbala” which means womanly. This fear throughout the novel causes him to make rash and impetuous decisions in order to achieve a high stature in the tribe.
If he lets himself get out of control so much that he hates someone, then his inner self and soul breaks down or degrades. This means that overall everyone’s opinion does matter and mean a lot, but how you approach it is what matters most. Quote 2: Success is not really success if you haven’t succeeded past any obstacles to get to that sussessful life. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington was telling his readers how he felt through the voice of this quote. This says to me a lot to myself and teach me a lesson.
Full Pocket? Sometimes people want something, but once they have it they realize they were better off without it. In the short story, “Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney, the main character, Tom Benecke, is a young man who is obsessed with work, recognition, and success. Tom allows these obsessions to take over his life and they become his priorities. Through a dangerous circumstance, Tom Benecke risks his life trying to fill his empty pockets; however, he learns what he should have been filling his pockets with all along.
He is mostly always inappropriate with words, very blunt, and hurtful with others. This seems to be a defense mechanism for him to shut out the world around him and not be bothered. Whether this is due to him not wanting friends or just the fear of someone messing with his very particular life, is not known for the positive but I would side with the "schedule." I see Jack depressed as well, though he tries to hide that also. It becomes quite obvious that Jack has OCD and it has literally consumed his entire life but, Jack makes it look and seem normal he's been at it so long.
In such a prosperous time, mournful music appears to be out of place; similarly, history seems to be outdated with the rapid development of the society. They can only move forward instead of looking back on history. Moreover, the onlookers’ observation of the mad man’s masochism is what truly makes his trauma an isolated business, thus the mad man is being alienated from the majority so as to bear the trauma all by himself. Their indifference to the torture that the mad man inflicted on himself indicates their apathy towards history.