Okonkwo's one and only weakness was his fear of becoming a failure like his father. This fear drove Okonkwo to embrace the values of manliness and fueled his desire to be strong; which then drove him to rashness and in the end contributed to his death. Accepting the ways of manhood isn’t a sign of weaknesses, the problem is how narrowly he defines it. Okonkwo was part of a patriarchal society and the male gender was already established with great authority. For Okonkwo, however, any kind of softness and tenderness was a sign of weakness.
Curley is first mentioned in chapter two as he interrupts a conversation between George, Lennie and the swamper. Steinbeck physically describes him as a ‘thin young man with a brown face, brown eyes’ and also a ‘head of tightly curled hair’. His description includes him wearing a ‘work glove on his left hand’ and he ‘wore high heeled boots like the boss’, therefore, straight away the reader can refer to Curley having authority. With the reaction of George being ‘tense and motionless’ we can already understand the fact that him being the boss’ son means that he automatically thinks and knows he has power over the workers in the ranch. His intimidating behaviour as he’ lashed his body around’ in the bunk house shocks George and Lennie leading to the swamper describing him as being ‘handy.
It shows Slim as a sort of true king with power of knowledge and understanding but being trapped in the society all the same. When George and Lennie arrive together at the bunkhouse people think it is strange for men to travel together. This shows that society is use to people travelling alone. So through Slim, Steinbeck uses him as a way of criticising society. With all of Slim's God-like features it is hard for us to understand why he is there at the ranch.
How does Miller present Joe Keller as a tragic hero In All My Sons? Joe Keller is a man who loves and values his family very much and has sacrificed everything, including his honour, in his struggle to make his family prosperous. He is a self-made business man, who in spite of his humble beginning, has managed to work his way up in the business world and become a successful manufacturer. Joe perfectly fits into the category of tragic hero. Unlike Greek plays, where main characters were kings and nobles for they were thought to embody the whole community, modern tragedies present an average leader of a family, neither completely good nor completely evil, whose mistake leads to his self-destruction.
George only had one choice, and that was to take care of Lennie himself. Even though the dream was more achievable now that Lennie was gone, it ment nothing to George. Everything that George ever had in his mind was destroyed with the mistake of leaving Curley's wife and Lennie together. The best laid plans of mice and men often go wrong. In conclusion the reader feels most sympathetic for George because taking care of Lennie caused him many unavoidedable problems, emotional burdens that will haunt him for the rest of his life, and a shattered dream.
The heroes he becomes in his many fantasies are courageous, substantial people who take charge and impress everyone around them. However, in reality, he lives a usual life with no excitement and obeys his nagging wife. Walter Mitty is a typical husband in the 1930s. He is suffering from many problems such as emotional and financial issues which lead him to create a different person, the side of him that is the person he wishes he could be, significant, bold, and heroic. The title of this short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, confirms that the reader will be involved in Walter Mitty’s “secret life” which is actually his imagination.
In other words, a man’s presence depends on the power and the potential that he demonstrates to someone else in life. No one will notice him if he does not have enough confidence to show his potential. There are half of the world are man, only few of which are able to become famous. The reason why they are well known in the world is that they show their power and potential within strong confidence and be accepted by our society. It is a superficial way to look at men through the physical power, and the best way to treat men is to admire them with the deepest honor in the inner depths of our minds.
If you are different in the eyes of the person doing the judging, then expected to prove yourself to he or she doing judging. The universal theme of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Fannery O’Conner is that people should not judge a person solely based on appearance and should also look at the person doing the judging as well. We should rather take a look at a person’s inside (or actions which reveals a persons true character) because what you may see on the outside does not necessarily reflect what the person’s heart and soul is really like. First lets look at the protagonist in the story of “A Good Man Is Hard to find.” The grandmother seems to judge people from the outside versus what is on the inside (moral goodness, heart, actions). She really has no room to judge others
Comparison: Everyman and The Second Shepherd’s Play Everyman and The Second Shepherds' Play both deal with the idea of redemption. They remind the reader that good deeds are important. They also reinforce the idea that we must shun material concerns to be redeemed. The world is imperfect, and the only way we can make ourselves perfect and worthy of redemption is by not worrying about our material well being and performing good deeds. Everyman places his faith in material things, his friends, relatives and goods.
Torvald has just been promoted as the manager of a bank. He has constructed his middle-class living through his own work and not from family money. He is hardworking and always willing to prove himself. Although we can decipher from the last act of the play that Torvald is very greatly in love with Nora, Torvald has a handful of controlling and disconcerting qualities. Torvald is exceptionally domineering, treating Nora more as of a pet rather than his spouse.