I also derived that from the lines “This old man is clean. He drinks without spilling. Even now, drunk. Look at him” that he is well brought up. It is possible that he is lonely because he goes to the bar alone, he doesn’t have a wife, or a waiter he can easily talk to.
He was mourning how short to end up his life. “He felt all at once as if he had never done anything, never seen anything, never been anywhere.” (P.197) He regretted that he made a wrong decision to join a Royal. But now, he couldn’t do anything to change it. His life was already going
However, since he does not talk, his story is told through the dialogue between the other two waiters. Through the course of their conversation, the reader quickly finds out a number of details behind the old man’s life. The first is that he has a lot of money. This, however, does not appeal to him and seems to have no effect on the severity of his
The author's use of words and consistent repetition stresses certain faults of the work oriented man that are generally overlooked. "He worked himself to death, finally and precisely..." (1) "This man who worked himself finally and precisely..."(10) Goodman uses the word "finally" as if his death has been waited upon, or expected. Almost as if it was a relief when his death arrived, she expresses her opposition to his lifestyle. She repeats the word "precisely" to give the reader a sense of time, and further implies that being the working man that he is, his life was on schedule. Like the company, life went on fine without him.
He finished his dinner and the financial page of the Sun at a quarter to nine, as he always did” (20). Mr. Martin follows a strict routine, like drinking his glass of milk every night, and seems to be a tame person who keeps to his own business. If Mr. Martin is as soft a character as he appears, why does he plan to murder Mrs. Barrows? As we get farther along in the story we can see Mr. Martin is not as flawless as he first appears. Though he seems error free, there is evidence to believe Mr. Martin is not as efficient as he seems.
This is our first taste of the truly bizarre nature of this story – Bartleby, who has been a solid employee up to this point, refuses point-blank to obey a simple order. Everyone is mystified (except Bartleby, that is). He continues to "prefer not to" do anything but copy documents, even when the smallest favors are asked of him. We're not sure what to make of this refusal, and neither is the Narrator. Complication Bartleby "gives up" work and is fired…sort of.
Dubliners: Theme Analysis Theme Analysis Poverty Although Joyce was born into a well-to-do family, his father's drinking soon drove the family into poverty. As a result, poverty is one of the major thematic concerns in Dubliners. Although Joyce never refers to his characters as "poor," he shows us their status through details. For instance, in "Two Gallants," Lenehan's abject poverty can be observed by the meager meal he consumes. He hasn't eaten since breakfast and late at night while he waits for Corley to return with money, he orders a meal of peas and vinegar with a bottle of ginger beer for his dinner.
The by standers didn’t hear him groaning because they had already dismissed him in their minds. It is as if the reader is the only one who can hear him after death. By the third line in the first stanza we can hear the “dead man’s” voice. He says; “I was much further out than you thought” implying that he was in danger and he was seeking help, and he knew that no one cared to noticed. He was not waving, as the bystanders assumed he was, but he was always drowning.
* ”The bottom line is, no one wants me.” * ”I’ve just felt too hopeless to talk to anyone. By using these to phrases Bryce seems to have no self-esteem at all. He has had a hard time finding a job. He hears that his former co-worker had been doing really well with his new job and it makes Bryce feel worse. Bryce will meet with Todd to find out what his former co-worker did six months ago to change his thoughts.
Not just in this lousy little town. In general. My life, I mean. It’s almost like I got killed over in Nam… Hard to describe. That night when Kiowa got wasted, I sort of sank down into the sewage with him… Feels like I’m still deep shit.”(Page 150) Bowker is also intelligent and is well supported by his parents, but he did not see any meaning in getting a job or even going to school.