Solitude)." In this quote Thoreau tries to get his concept of self reliance across to the reader. He claims that he is his greatest companion. This idea from Thoreau is functional but there is room for improvement. Mainly because no one, not even Thoreau can be completely self-reliant, regardless of their desire to be so.
One cannot deceive oneself with good intentions because ones knows their real motivations in doing so. The most valuable knowledge one can acquire is that in order for others to respect one, one must first have self-respect. Didion states, “Most of our platitudes notwithstanding, self-deception remains the most difficult deception. The tricks that work on others count for nothing in that very well lit back alley where one keeps assignations with oneself: no winning smiles
Even though they need external help such as life supporting systems or medications, they are alive. Even though they are in a huge amount of pain and in most cases will never be able to lead the life they once led, they are still living. However, apart from the biological signs of life, is that painful and miserable type of existence really living? Furthermore, as in most cases, when the outcome of this suffering is a medically guaranteed death, is there a point of slowly walking the path to it, when the pain can easily be soothed. Isn’t it an even greater evil to watch these people suffer if you have the capacity to help them by giving them a lethal injection and ending their pain?
Is he, as Lily seems to think, her saviour, the only one who can help her out of this existence she has been forced into? Or is he just as blind as everyone else; too in love with an idea of her to see her as she really is? One of Selden’s main role in the novel, both towards Lily and in general towards the society she is a part of, is that of onlooker. Our first sight of Selden is of him looking on at Lily Bart, as is our last. The first conversation they have is packed with free indirect discourse, but only Selden’s, as he watches Lily and comments on her in his head.
Tiffany Hernandez ENG 1100C Professor Stevens Nov. 30, 2012 Curse or Choice Throughout the novel The Wondrous life of Oscar Wao many of the characters suffer and have personal experiences with the fuku. Oscar’s family suffers from the “curse” and each of the characters experiences are all related back to one another, not just in the hardships that they endure but also how they deal with it by silencing and stowing away their pain, trying to move on in their day to day lives however the past is what keeps the family from progressing. The turn of events for Abelard, Belicia, Lola, La Inca, and Oscar, and even Yunior are all related and intertwined in the novel and Yunior writes of them all relating back to the fuku, . However I do not agree that it is the fuku, rather I think it is poor choices the individuals in the family have made. The past continues to affect the families present and future.
Jonson again tries to stop the feeling of grief by saying that his son was lucky to have missed, “no other miserie, yet age?” This suggests that Jonson is glad that his son has escaped old age. The theme of “On my first Sonne,” is very simple, a father’s grief at the death of his young son. This feeling is similar in “Mid-Term Break,” as it is of grief at a young person’s death. At the start of his poem, Heaney explores how a variety of different people dealt with this grief and then goes onto subtly hint at what he felt, whereas Jonson just talks solely about his personal experiences and feelings towards his dead son. “Mid-Term Break,” is overall more subtle in telling the reader about the poets grief.
House On Mango Street Sometime in our lives, we have wished for things we don't have. No matter how hard we wished on the star or a candle, our wishes never seemed to be answered. We have all felt that bitter disappointment on Christmas morning when we finally realized that we were never going to be able to have what we want. This is exactly how Esperanza feels in “The House on Mango Street”. Unlike us, the disappointment for Esperanza lasts throughout her childhood.
A Gap of Sky Being young is not always so easy, because a part of our youth is to experience life and its possibilities. And sometimes we have to make some decisions that we do not like. But the question is how fare will we go, for reaching our goals and feel free? Without hope, strength and faith this question will never be realized; so we cannot reach the highest skies without believing in our self and the choices that we make. The nineteen years old Ellie in the short story “A Gap of Sky” probably would like to change some of her life choices, since they have left her in a position where she is mad and searches for freedom: “…doesn’t want any bloody ink, can’t write an essay, no matter what it matters, doesn’t want any more coke, ever again” (p.4 line 87-88) Ellie tries to pull herself to finish her essay, but she feels that it is too hard; she does not has strength of will to finish this task, because she believes that there is more into life than making an essay.
Many times, tragic flaws cause the tragic heroes to die or face downfall and Okonkwo’s case was not any different. He never wanted to end up like his father who died a shameful death, but ironically, he kills himself and “will be buried like a dog” (191, ch.25). Things Fall Apart meets certain criteria to be considered a tragedy. Just like many other tragedies, the main character Okonkwo, who had to face an unfortunate ending, was a good person and did not mean harm to anyone. All he wanted to do was to be successful to serve his ancestors and for his children to be successful as well and have good lives.
We pass some exams and we may fail the other. Of course, everyone wants their journey in life to be always smooth sailing and successful but as we all know this is impossible. The failures and sadness that we experience is simply just LIFE so let us just accept these failures and sadness Although life is not smooth sailing, all of us are born with the potential to develop resilience, to stay optimistic despite