Set in a recognisable time, the story showcases the complications of life caused by family breakdowns, treacherous weather, unstable governments, pandemic virus attacks, technology run amuck and other uncertainties of the future. These fundamental concerns are purposely encompassed in this novel to question to what extent do we hold our integrity in difficult circumstances, surviving in situations humanity struggles to both comprehend and control. The novel questions when is it acceptable to lie, cheat and steal. The ‘truth’ is to be found in each vignette as the characters face the challenges to their very existence and suggests the confrontation of circumstances is what determines our moral choices. The problems we face compel us to behave in immoral ways but that may not always excuse or justify such behaviour.
When he misses the deadline, Yvain’s deeds no longer match his words and his integrity is shattered. The consequences of losing his integrity are so great that Yvain is lead to a sort of mental breakdown in the forest. The second major arc of Yvain is about the hero trying to get his integrity back. One of the first encounters that Yvain has after lifting himself out of his melt-down puts him in the same position of upholding an oath to return to the Landuc court before a certain time. Although this time Yvain’s promise is to Lunete instead of Laudine, the fact that he keeps his word is what eventually leads to Yvain becoming whole again.
Alluding back to this quote, Wharton exposes these feelings for what they really are when Ethan's wife, Zeena, leaves him home alone with her caretaker, and cousin, Mattie for a couple days. In spite of this, Gabriel rebelled in a slightly different way. To expand, Gabriel didn't really appreciate his wife, Gretta, and often thought of leaving her. Yet, he stayed; for if he left, Gabriel would face the ultimate punishment, social isolation. Therefore, he caused turbulence with himself, because he was going against his true feelings to satisfy his lust and desire for a companion.
Ethan Frome Throughout the novel Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, the main character Ethan goes through hard time in his life, internal and external which eventually lead to his downfall. Ethan is very much a tragic hero because of various tragic flaws in him. Ethan From has very poor judgment and lacks the ability to analyze situations. This flaw leads to problems, including marrying Zeena, his wife, as well as having a relationship with Mattie. Another flaw which Ethan has is his lack in ability to communicate with the people around him.
After many hard and lonely winters Ethan’s mother becomes depressed and there enters Zeena to take care of his mother. After she passed away, Ethan did not want to end up all alone like his mother, so he asked Zeena to marry him. Even though it wasn’t based on love they ended up getting married as he did not want to remain as a lonely
Even more impactful to Paul’s experience, perhaps in a negative way, are Paul’s journeys home during the war. Throughout the novel Paul’s longing to return home dominates much of the novel’s narration. Paul consistently yearns for the years and experiences of adolescence that precede his experiences in the war, but when he encounters them both on leave and as a result of his injury, he rejects them. He quickly recognizes that “the world of our parents [is] a thing incomprehensible to us” (122). Home for Paul, and his romantic notions of it, is destroyed when he recognizes his own incompatibility with society due to his experiences in war.
Jay Gatsby is one of those people who cannot get over what happened in the past. Time can be our friend but it can also be our biggest enemy if you live in the past, forget the present and fear the future. Gatsby also could not grasp the reality of life because he wanted his reality to be his past and his past to be his future. In the novel Gatsby struggles with forgetting the past and in his case the past is his long lost love Daisy, who will unfortunately be his untimely demise. One of his confidants through the book is a man named Nick Carraway and when he hears of Gatsby’s dilemma he is appalled and he expresses those feelings by saying, “ Almost five years!
Monogamy is discouraged by the utopian society and considered improper “Four months of Henry Foster, without having another man…why, he’d be furious if he knew…” This restrains people from getting too emotionally involved and putting their loved one’s needs before the society’s needs. All this is to prevent strong emotion, inspired by family relationships, sexual repression, and delayed satisfaction of desire, which goes directly against stability. The controller’s explanation for how the World State has come in place is that there were a time before the existence of the World State, the instability caused by strong emotions led to disease, war, and social unrest that resulted in millions of deaths and untold suffering and
He may have chosen to use these words to show the reader that he has been through a lot of suffering in his life that have left him and his belongings damaged and caused him to no longer be a friendly person as people don’t treat him with the respect he deserves. Crooks’ spine is described as ‘crooked’ because he was kicked by a horse. This makes the reader think about the reasons why Steinbeck chose the name Crooks, as he is damaged and misshaped from all of the years that he has been slaving away on ranches which has cause him to suffer. It also tells that the ranch is a dangerous place to be and Crooks is not protected from these dangers. Steinbeck’s use of the word ‘meager’ may also be perceived as there being little hope for Crooks as it is being used to describe the light and the levels of light in the novel can be seen as foreshadowing the amount of hope.
Often I have heard stories of family members not wishing to visit mothers or fathers with dementia as it is too painful to see them in the way they are. Is this fair to leave those that are sick in a home by themselves? 3. How would people in ancient times dealt with elders that developed dementia? 4.