Although he doesn’t know it, we see his only friends at the stock market saying they would only go to Scrooge’s funeral ‘for the buffet.’ This shows that he is totally alone in the world and we therefore feel sorry for him. At the Beetling shop, people haggle over his possessions. This shows us that everything he worked and lived for does him no good in after life and cannot buy him mourners to keep the rats from ‘gnawing at the wall.’ We also feels sympathy as his debtors are happy to see him dead as they no longer have to pay him. If Scrooge understood, this would pain him and make him feel very alone with no one who cares for him. We, the reader, feel a lot of sympathy when he visits the Cratchit’s as he sees that Tiny Tim has died.
Charles Dickens used “Oliver Twist” as a way to attack many aspects of society. To exaggerate this fact he makes the heroes look like angels, and the villains in the story are made out to be the devils of the world. The obvious person to first look at is Oliver. Oliver had one of the worst possible starts to life, born into the workhouse, an orphan from birth, made to slave through life, hard labour everyday and fed very poorly. This would surely fill a normal child with hatred and jealousy towards any other human being that wasn’t at the same level as him.
Having been hurt and betrayed by his religion, and best friend Silas leaves his hometown and settles in Raveloe. For fifteen years, he is disregarded and slightly feared by the townspeople of Raveloe, as he had a reputation of being connected with the devil. He is isolated from the rest of the village, living at the edge of town, working as a weaver, and not attending church. The money he earns from weaving fills him with happiness and satisfaction that is lacking from his lack of human companionship and communication. When his money is stolen, the villagers feel sorry for him.
40-43). He should think the ghost is right because of the unusual events with his father’s passing and his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle; accused of killing his father, the king, by the ghost. Yet he questions that it may be a demon coming with intentions of wicked proportions. Prioritizing his love for Ophelia, Hamlet did not show his love to Ophelia until she was just a cold, dead corpse being put 6 feet under. Throughout the play Hamlet has not shown any affection or true love towards Ophelia and has put her off.
He uses the money to buy a house but nothing in it. As he ages he decides to use prayer to try to escape the devil in the afterlife. Throughout the story Tom does many villainous and unethical behaviors, this makes him an antihero. He is particularly an American antihero because he shows characteristics of the American portrayal of the British at that time; the British are the definition of a villain to the Americans. Tom Walker is specifically an American antihero as he is selfish and only wants money, unfaithful in his marriage and deals, and is trying to fight back when he realizes consequences of his deal.
In A Christmas Carol, Dickens presents us with a character that is portrayed as a stingy, odious old man who is known in the town for his voracity and cold personality. But when visited by four distinct apparations, his deceased partner Jacob Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas yet to come, Scrooge is taken a journey to help redeem himself from the years spent attempting to increase his wealth and neglecting the poor and needy. Although, during his journey fragments of Scrooge’s personality arise that portray his good side and decrease the hate that was felt by the audience. It is the likes of Belle, his first and only lover, Fezziwig, this apprentice provider and his nephew Fred that form a sense of like and sympathy for the protagonist of the novel. As the ghost of Christmas past takes him on a journey, Scrooge is shown visions of the times that portrayed merriment and joy in the cold-hearted mans life, visions that showed his kinder, more joyful personality.
Unfortunately this was not really possible in the 1930s, as people were prejudiced against the mentally handicapped, such as Lennie, and the Wall Street Crash, followed by the Great Depression, meant that the characters could suddenly end up unemployed and starving. George had two dreams, one was the stereotypical American Dream: to have his own farm with Lennie (and Candy) and ‘live off the fatta the lan’,’ without a boss to answer to. His other fantasy is of life without Lennie, who often caused him trouble and constantly needed looking after, ’I never get no peace.’ Without Lennie, George could be like any other worker, only looking out for himself and not caring as much about the way he leads his life. However, George needed Lennie for companionship to help make their joint dream vivid and keep them going. This also links to the theme of loneliness and companionship, and shows how two men travelling together was a rare situation.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Ebenezer Scrooge has one love, money. He loathes all things that bring cheer and happiness to others, so naturally, he despises the whole Christmas season. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a deceased friend and partner, Jacob Marley. Marley has been dead for seven years and was just as selfish as Scrooge. As punishment his spirit is now forced to wander the Earth in chains, and he has come to warn Scrooge that the same fate waits him if he keeps living the way he has been.
Billy’s father is an alcoholic, he neglects his son and shatters his dreams. As Billy prepares to leave home, he takes his father’s alcohol, “The old bastard will have a fit!” (page 2) he has done this with the intention of revenge, he despises his father and is aware that he is an alcoholic. There are also typical families like Old Bill’s, which includes a wife and daughter and has normal everyday routines. Old Bill was a workaholic but regrets this after tragedy strikes, “Too busy for breakfast, too busy for sitting down with the people I loved. And now I’ve got all the time in the world,” (page 109).
He shows no remorse for his actions and is inconsiderate of how Daisy might feel. He is lost because he has no certainty in his life and he lacks the feeling of belonging to a place of group. This is why he does the things that he does, because the only way he can cope with the horrifying idea that he has no real place to call home. To bring joy to his life, he turns to infidelity and alcoholism. Tom is also as rude as too straight up call Myrtle’s little puppy a bitch.