Nick was portraying Gatsby like Christ figure who possesses similarities and oppositions to Jesus. In Luke 2:49 it is recounted that Jesus said, "Know you not that I must be about my Father's business?" The business referred to acts as symbol of the revitalization of mankind. This also ties in with his use of descriptive diction when he refers to the American Dream as a “vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty”. The America Dream is founded on the idea that achievement and fortune are the compensation for working hard and looking always looking to better oneself.
Biff has learned or at least acknowledged the truth about his own life and his father’s life. He learns that he is nothing and no one but may be someone one someday. Throughout the play Biff has adored Willy; he believed his father’s stories and accepted his father’s philosophy which was that a person will be successful if he is “well-liked”. Biff was taught to do whatever it took to be successful even stealing and cheating. Prior to his trip to Boston everything changed he saw that his dad was a fake which meant that Biff was also a fake too.
He believes he can regain Daisy. Although he has the wealth that can match with the leisured class, he does not have their manners. His tragedy lies in his possession of a naive sense. Nick, the novel’s narrator, considers that his greatness lies in the talent for self-invention, the ability to transform his dreams into reality, and his persistent love. His life is dedicated to the recovery and renewal of an early love with Daisy, whose “voice is full of money.”(Fitzgerald, 2001: 11) He believes in Daisy and manages to protect her.
She is beautiful, wealthy, his version of perfection. He weaves a tangled web of lies just so she will feel he is worthy of her attention. Before Gatsby met Daisy, his only dreams were ones that he could get by hard work and determination, not unfairness and lies. This is made shown at the end of the novel at Jay’s own funeral, when his father, Mr.Gatz, presents Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel with a keepsake from Gatsby's childhood, a journal of resolutions that young Jay had listed for himself to achieve. The young James Gatz was determined and committed to the classic American dream.
The extent to which relationships equate to fulfillment is demonstrated within Romulus my father through retrospective analysis of Gaita and Romulus’ early relationship where Gaita alludes to his positive father son relationship as a primary factory for his present day fulfillment. The text emphasizes the composer’s positive moral values being inherited from his fathers consistent loving, harsh and instructing nature. Demonstrated through Gaitas recollection that ”three things fed my fathers anger: his knowledge that I was lying, his fear for my character and his dismay that he had lost something precious”. Gaita recognizes that the strength of their relationship was due to his father’s persistence. The fear of loosing his son led Romulus to attempt to better himself, seen through the statement “My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Although this method of parenting gave short-term dismay demonstrated through Raimond’s childhood outburst “you don’t love me”.
Alyssa Tippens 21 September 2011 Whedon 5 Whedon-Final Written Exam “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life” (p.2). Within the novel The Great Gatsby by F, Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is, if anything, a very misunderstood man. Like every person that has ever lived, he is by no means perfect. He pushes through life in an attempt to live out his dreams and create a life different from the one he was born into. Gatsby becomes corrupted as a result of his surroundings and participates in evil things.
Invisible Man 11) The narrator certainly profited from behaving that way since he got the chance to go to college in the end: ''On my graduation day I delivered an oration in which I showed that humility was the secret, indeed, the very essence of progress.'' ( Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man 12) – this proved to be true for him as it got him the scholarship which would have otherwise been inaccessible along with his academic future and any chance of a decent life. Following his grandfather's advice, he basically outsmarted them and they didn't even realize it. The irony is that he also didn't realize what he had done until much later.
One play in which a character challenges the beliefs of others is Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. In the play main character Willy Loman challenges the beliefs of his son Biff and friend Charley. Miller effectively uses dramatic techniques such as symbolism and foreshadowing to portray these differences in beliefs. Willy believes in the ‘American Dream’ and believes that you have to be successful in life to be happy. Throughout the play Miller has Willy boast about his life to his family telling them how he is “vital in New England” and that “if old man Wagner were alive” he’d be in “charge of New York by now”.
In the final chapter of Anthem, Prometheus realizes something about himself. I know this because he writes “why the best in me had never been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins”. When he writes this phase, it shows that now he understands that his sins or evildoing was only himself trying to become something more as an individual. In his old society creativity, curiosity, and being different was a sin. The best in him was his creativity, his curiosity, and his ability to think for himself so he was different.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald connects his characters to how American business works and makes his readers question what they find important. Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy is a mask for his true love of money and social status, which ultimately leads to his lonely death. The extreme desire and belief that Gatsby has to better himself economically proves he not only looks to accomplish the American Dream but he is a symbol of the American Dream. Even from an early age, money was on Gatsby’s mind. The schedule he makes for himself, “General Resolves: No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable].