Though both novels contain the common element of the role of the family, the depiction of the family is both similar and contrasting. In both The Grapes of Wrath and The House of the Spirits, one strong maternal figure is actually the head of the family. In The Grapes of Wrath, this figure is Ma Joad. Ma is a very strong, weathered, and determined woman. “Her hazel eyes seemed to have experience all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding,” (Steinbeck 100).
Then, it will prove that characters’ personal pride impacted their life principles and prove that this was the cause for their downfalls at the end of each story. Both Things Fall Apart and King Lear have to male protagonists that are considered as powerful figures among the society. In Things Fall Apart, main character Okonkwo works hard to be able to be respected among people. Okonkwo’s “prosperity was visible in his household. His own hut stood behind the only gate in the red walls.
Describe what members of your social circle have in common. I identify with the gender group since I am a woman. I feel that as a woman, everything is more torn in different directions and not as clear cut as it would be if I were a man. Since I had children it has been a battle of what to sacrifice and when. It is a constant struggle between work, school, being a wife and mother, and the other roles women play in society.
This particular topic is deeply emotional and inarguably invokes a sense of pathos in every reader. The topic is so relatable because everyone has a mother and is familiar with the complexities of the mother-child relationship and how it changes and evolves over time. Each aforementioned author takes a unique stance when reflecting their own experiences within their writing. In Chang-Rae Lee’s nonfictional essay, “The Faintest Echo of Our Language,” Lee examines how his mother influenced not only his thoughts and writing career, but him as a whole. Set around the time of his mother’s death, the essay focuses largely on the language mixture of Korean
The Hunger Artist knows that although he is honest and true to his work, his peers can never truly understand his accomplishment. In representation of Kafka’s personal life, the Hunger Artist himself loses much of his freewill. In his time, professional fasting has lost its icon. Before, any Hunger Artist could manage their own performances but as the profession loses touch with spectators, management is required
Willy has a dream that he refuses to give up even when it becomes clear that his dream is shallow, unrealistic and unattainable. The American Dream, a belief that any man can achieve material greatness and subsequent happiness if he works hard enough, if he fights for it, had a personal connotation for Miller, whose uncle was a travelling salesman, and whose father was a wealthy manufacturer before losing his wealth in the Great Depression. His family’s ongoing struggle with poverty certainly influenced this particular work, and others. Willy genuinely believes that that personal attractiveness (constant references to the importance of being “Well liked”) and hard work is enough to guarantee success. His view of success was inspired by Dave Singleman, who at the age of 84 could sell anything to anyone from his hotel room and whose funeral was attended by hundreds of people.
The main character, Walter Lee, manifests this, as he sacrifices almost all he has for his dream of becoming a successful businessman. This obsession destroys all that is important in his life: his marriage, his relationship with his sister and mother, and his pride. He is helplessly at the mercy of his unattainable dream; although at heart, he is a loving father, husband, son, and brother, his infatuation with money and his American Dream gets the best of him and nearly destroys his marriage and his relationship with his mother and sister. Walter Lee’s dream for monetary success takes over almost all aspects of
The cost of power and success had taken Okonkwo’s triumph and all he had worked so hard for with his own bare hands to with what he first had started with, which was nothing. Okonkwo, the main character of the story, a man who all he wished for was to make a name for himself. His father Unoka had disgraced Okonkwo by not being able to already given him a respectable reputation. Throughout Things Fall Apart the character of Okonkwo is based on him only wanting to obtain power and success. This meant that he had to be the opposite of what his father was; he couldn’t bare even being a hair alike.
How does Miller present Joe Keller as a tragic hero In All My Sons? Joe Keller is a man who loves and values his family very much and has sacrificed everything, including his honour, in his struggle to make his family prosperous. He is a self-made business man, who in spite of his humble beginning, has managed to work his way up in the business world and become a successful manufacturer. Joe perfectly fits into the category of tragic hero. Unlike Greek plays, where main characters were kings and nobles for they were thought to embody the whole community, modern tragedies present an average leader of a family, neither completely good nor completely evil, whose mistake leads to his self-destruction.
Eventually, Balram takes advantage of Ashok’s grief and his weakness as a master. He always wanted his masters affection and always wated to serve him in any way that he could possibly do so. When he was unable to gain Ashok’s kindness, he decided that in order for him to survive in harsh India, he must forcibly take what he can to prosper, which lead him to kill Mr. Ashok and take his wealth and identity. Balram’s character is one of nonidentity, uneducated lower class. He came from a poor caste so therefore had no higher education as he was taken out of school at an early age.