Throughout the tale Scrooge is visited by Ghosts from a Christmas past, present, and future, who show the “bitter” Scrooge how to be compassionate towards others. Money is a big part of the story, and it plays a role as a contrast to how generosity is viewed. Scrooge is rich but lives a life as “solitary as an oyster” and “warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.” He initially supports the inhumanity of cold-hearted decisions made by governments with his response to the charity collectors being, “Are there no prisons?... And the Union Workhouses. Are they still in operation?” He feels no compulsion to give charity to support meagre gifts to the poor and dispossessed and dismisses the collectors with “I cannot afford to make idle people merry” and with suggestions that such people would be better dead to “reduce the surplus population.” These suggestions contrast sharply with the generosity of both his nephew, Fred and his clerk, Bob Cratchit.
In Charles dickens novella, ‘A Christmas carol’ you see that the minor characters do in fact have the greatest impact on both the reader and the main character, Scrooge. Scrooge is an unlikable horrible character who has no sympathy for the poor but throughout the novel, you see Scrooge slowly start to change. Important messages through the novel are shown by the minor characters, this helps Scrooge finally see that money cannot buy you happiness and opens reader’s eyes up to the harsh reality going on in the industrial revolution. This suggests to readers that treating the poor in the way Scrooge has is wrong. Minor Characters like the portly gentlemen, Scrooges ex-fiancé, Bell and Fezziwig are a huge part of Scrooges Journey of becoming a better person.
Yasmine Reza’s God of Carnage depicts precisely what the title of her play states. Two couples, both of the upper-middle to upper class, meet together one night to discuss a seemingly simple matter: one couple’s son has knocked out two incisors of the other’s with a stick. Initially, the parents—Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak—act as civilized adults trying to sort out the problem without hurting anyone’s feelings. Socially awkward, Annette compliments the Novaks’ tulips; Alan remains completely disengaged; Michael tries to make the Raleighs feel at home; and Veronica seems to be the only one truly caring about the issue. The entire dynamic of the play shifts when Annette, tired of Alan’s shamelessness in talking on his cell phone constantly, vomits all over the Novaks’ coffee table and Veronica’s precious books.
Bigger Thomas did horrible things that most people in this world could never do. A personality comprised of violence, compulsive lying, and no emotional connection to other living things are three pieces of evidence that can prove why Bigger may be a sociopath. Throughout the book, Native Son, Bigger takes the lives of two people without any sense of guilt or remorse. This could be because of fear and the way he was raised, or Bigger could be suffering from a very serious psychological disorder. A sociopath does not feel emotion towards others, and only looks out for the good of himself, which perfectly exemplifies the protagonist in this novel.
In the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens the main focus is on the need of redemption of the central character, Ebenezer Scrooge. It is through the foolish beliefs that Scrooge learns a lesson to overcome the isolation from mankind. His journey to redemption came to event by the midnight visitations of the three spirits, his partner Jacob Marley had warned him about. In the beginning Scrooge is revealed as a cold, bitter man; "a tight fisted hand at the grindstone," giving the impression that he works hard and will do whatever to keep his money in his pocket. Dickens represents him like this so people who were and are like this would stop and think; possibly even feel the beginning of remorse.
Neither understands having though, passion, feeling, or emotion in life. The Myth of Sisyphus helps explain some of the meaning of some of the events taking place in The Stranger. In The Stranger the main character Meursault takes life for granted in a way of not enjoying it. He seems more satisfied with the usual as if no excitement lives in his life. The death of his mother doesn’t even bother him so show sadness.
By placing his faith in man rather than God, he does not receive "any more comfort" (Everyman 304). The same discouragement greets Everyman after his talks with Cousin and Kindred. After Kindred and Cousin leave him, Everyman realizes that "fair promises men to me make, / but when I have most need they me forsake" (Everyman 370-371). Since man will not help him, he turns to goods. Everyman realizes that the goods he has loved his whole life do nothing but hinder his eternal happiness.
So he just sits quietly and hopes the two men won’t see the connection between him and his wife, and that is also why he say goodbye to his wife, when he leaves. It almost seems like he acquires the point of view the two unidentified men have. The troubles of Doreen and Earl’s relationship are also made very clear by this fact, because this clearly shows that if he hasn’t noticed the extra pounds, then he obviously haven’t been looking. Earl has been living his life totally blind and detached, so detached it is almost like he has no
Literature Coursework Both of the poems give different views on Christmas. W.R Rodgers view is that of a cynical one in “White Christmas” he describes the current state of corruption and hypocrisy. Where as in E.E Cumming’s “little tree” it tells the story of a naïve child who has not yet been exposed to this corrupt and twisted world. Of the two poems I would say that White Christmas appeals more to my own point of view. As it highlights the problems that are just simply ignored when it comes to Christmas time.
The fact that Muriel has no concern for her husband’s mental health, and continues her disconnected communication with him, further explains the idea that isolation is destructive in society, and causes and individual to an unthinkable escape. The main protagonist of this story is Seymour Glass. For starters, he is funny. He’s engaging, entertaining, kind, and obviously amazing with children (Shmoop Editorial Team). His interaction with Sybil explains this behavior.