The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers are both displayed as rites of passage texts. The texts are overtly didactic and both composers’ present the notion of non-conformity. Salinger and Steers express how individuals are pressured to conform to society’s values and beliefs. The two protagonists are anti –heroes and demonstrate non-conformity; they rebel against the apparent hypocrisy present in their respective societies.
Browning contrasts the Duke’s representation of the duchess with the factual representation emphasising the Duke’s manic state and causing the audience to strongly oppose the duke as a person. Men feel the need to retain their pride in relationships which reflects the social attitudes and patriarchal values of the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era was a time of a changing social attitudes and people felt insecure and questioned their dominance with an increased male ego. This is evident in Browning’s portrayal of the Duke in “My Last Duchess”. Browning contrasts the happiness of the duchess with by providing imagery of nature, “Bough of cherries” and “orchard” with the dark, manic mind of the duke.
Racism is constantly flowing throughout the texts during many scenes in which Jim, an African American, is constantly degraded. Twain is also criticized for his depiction of the character’s morals in the novel. Huck’s caretakers, Miss Watson and Widow Douglass are portrayed as benevolent women, but they are really hypocrites whose actions do not align with their articulated beliefs. The women claim to be actively religious, while practicing slavery at the same time. Twain’s representation of certain characters and the dialect of the time has angered many readers.
This is just another example of how the NE see’s a “stars” status as something they can tear down and say whatever they want about it just because they feel like they have no moral code when it comes to the upper class. In one article about Jen Garner and Ben Affleck the writer makes the comment that Jen Garner is using friends to spy on Ben Affleck to make sure that he’s staying faithful (George). Now comments like this can cause all kinds of problems and distrust in a relationship. NE is promoting that the relationships of the “stars” isn’t real and can be messed with as they see fit. This is just one of many poor social values that the magazine
The shared opinion by the men on the ranch is that they think ‘Curley’s married… a tart’ and that she is ‘giving men the eye’. Steinbeck uses this technique to create a biased opinion and set up the thoughts that men had of women in those days, calling her a ‘tart’ makes the reader think that she is unfaithful or prone to be, causing a disliking towards her. However given the fact that this is coming from gossip the reader realises it may be slightly exaggerated. Curley’s ‘glove fulla Vaseline’ make us pity Curley’s wife as it objectifies her as nothing but a sexual property to someone, which links in with her only ever being referred to as ‘Curley’s wife’ showing us that she is nothing but Curley’s property as she remains nameless throughout the whole novel. Even though we see a sense of power with Curley, we are then brought to the idea that she is ‘giving men the eye’ which makes us dislike her for we assume then that she is being unfaithful and portraying her as a floozy.
The dialogue is that of being a “futuristic [...] setting of a ‘garden of pure ideology’ and the ‘security’ that [Americans] should feel from all this” (Berger 149). But in the world of politics, many candidates attempt the role of the ‘hero’; this being the case, Paul also makes an effort to show viewers the failures of other candidates. Paul’s theatrical-themed advertisement, “Conviction not Compromise” uses many fallacious arguments to convince it’s viewers that both Republicans and Democrats have over time, destroyed hope within the American Dream. Given the current social and economic status of America, the idea of being left jobless and unable to survive, instills fear into the hearts of many. In the advertisement, Paul uses intimidating imagery and frightful half-truths, in order to magnify this fear of the opposing administration’s role with America.
This chapter includes anecdotes which convey the theme of social class throughout the novel. Tom is portrayed as the type of person to treat poor people with no respect, and the reader becomes aware of this in chapter 2 when Nick and Tom visit the ‘valley of ashes’ to see myrtle. ‘No he doesn’t, said Tom coldly. And if you feel that way about it, maybe I’d better sell it somewhere else after all.’ George Wilson, myrtles husband is being made to look a fool, he is being manipulated and controlled Tom Buchanan’s ‘supercilious’ manner, simply because Wilson is poor so Tom knows he can get away
Harding states in her essay on the story, “Because Helen has been speaking about unrealized, not actual, vacations, readers must infer the connection that Harry makes. He seems to imply that Helen’s ability to imagine a host of scenarios for leisure is symptomatic of her wealth and privileged lifestyle.” (Harding, 2011) Johnston also states that, “It is quite clear that deep down (Harry) blames the corrupting power of money and the seductive life of hedonism, which the wealth makes possible, for sapping his artistic vitality.” (Johnston, 1984) Ultimately, Harry feels that he never really loved Helen at all. His choice in the end is whether to confess this
Osiris was exposed to metaphorical blindness because in the story Osiris’ brother, Set, is very jealous of his position and very well attempts to take it away from him. In the story Set puts together a small group of people who feel the same way about Osiris. They decide to hold a great feast of honour when he had come back from one of his trips. First of all, Osiris was exposed to metaphorical blindness because in the story Isis stated “Do not go my beloved. Set, your brother, is an evil man, who hates you and will do you harm (Osiris and Isis, 205)”.
“Which of you shall we say doth love us most” Act 1, Scene 1, Line 52. Through this, both King Lear’s and Gloucester’s rage and rashness can be seen, resulting in them both loosing sight of what is important. Despite this, their weak characteristics have a small influence on their tragedy and suffering. After King Lear bestows all his possessions to his daughters, rather than being grateful, Goneril and Regan’s lust for power causes them to turn on their father. In Act 2, Scene 4, Goneril and Regan diminish his retinue, disregard his authority and Goneril instructs her servants to treat King Lear with the utmost disrespect.