Usually this would be enough for a person to life a happy life but this isn't the case for Yozo. It is because he is so smart that he is actually unhappy with life and this is his condition. On page 13 Yozo says "...this revelation of human dullness stirred dark and depression in me." What he is saying right from the beginning of the book is that he sees the world as being a dull place and because it's not exciting or as exciting as he'd like it to be, he is depressed by the world. He wants something exciting from life.
This is why the “ men wouldn’t take the job even if it was handed to them on a platter”(Liebow 33). Just like any other job, this pick-up-truck, with a man offering an honest days work, is just another reminder to these “Streetcorner men” that they will constantly be stuck in this vicious cycle of dissatisfaction and alienation. Rather than breaking the cycle and accepting the job, these men see this offering as another chance of failure rather than success. Because they all reject the job in there own way, it shows that on a large scale, these men are the same. The Streetcorner acts as a area of comfort.
He values intellect over compassion and cuts himself off from others. As a consequence, he is isolated from the society. At the end of his search, his alienation gnaws at him, and he returns to renew his bond with humanity by announcing the result of his quest. However, his listeners regard him as a crazy and frightful man—a man to stay away from. Similarly, in Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab is also obsessed with one goal—killing the white whale.
Luciani’s study focuses primarily on one case, that of Giovanni Succi, a public faster, or hunger artist. A majority of Mitchell’s article highlights how closely Kafka’s story parallels the existence of this real-life hunger artist and the world he lived in: his motivations regarding his art and all the physical aspects involved, as well as the motivations and processes of the people who surrounded him. For example, a supervisory committee of medical students, local citizens, and press members was appointed to monitor Succi and ensure he had no access whatsoever to food, much like Kafka’s “watchers.” And, like the watchers in the story, the real-life committee is documented as somewhat suspicious of the truth of the art of hunger. “Fame among contemporaries…nomadic life…fanatic devotion to fasting…constant attempts to set new records, (a) long public career in the major cities of the world, and…subsequent decline—all are mirrored in Kafka’s nameless protagonist”
Dumpster Diving Summary/Response “Dumpster Diving” is an essay by Lars Eighner, highlighting the good and bad of “scavenging” as he likes to call it. He brings to light how to become a diver, the stages divers go through, and his reservations about judging others who throw away perfectly good items. All in all, he is simply trying to enhance the fact that our culture is wasteful, and the large gaps between social classes. I think that Lars manages to keep his humanity intact, despite being homeless. He only takes items that he immediately needs or has a use for, the rest he leaves for others to discover and use.
Opportunities he was once possessed are now gone along with the best years of his life. It is for this reason that Flick feels the need to dribble an inner tube, not because he wishes to make people laugh, but because he longs to know that his life has not been wasted. He wants to believe that he will not fade away into the backdrop of just another stereotypical kid who had a lot of potential. As a reader one cannot help but feel empathetic towards Flick’s situation because despite the fact that his town sees him as a legend, to rest of the world he is just another gas station employee. Updike is able to communicate such in the final two lines of the fourth stanza, saying “His hands are and fine and nervous on the lug wrench./ It makes no difference to the lug wrench though”.
He says, that as a consequence of the way he was raised he is "inclined to reserve all judgments" about other people (page 5). His saying this makes it seem like we can trust him to give a fair unbiased account of the story that he is telling, but we later learn that he does not reserve all judgments. Nick further makes us feel that he is a non-partisan narrator by the way he tells of his past. We come to see that Nick is very partial in his way of telling the story. This is shown when he admits early in the story that he does not judge Gatsby because Gatsby had an "extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness".
Hunger is defined as a strong desire, or craving. Ernest Hemingway and Frank McCourt, the brilliant authors of A Moveable Feast, and Angela’s Ashes, respectively, both use the theme of hunger as not just the literal meaning of having a lack of food, but also as having a desire to fill a void left open in their lives. Although Hemingway and McCourt both experienced great pain caused by their hungers, it was those same hungers than drove them to their success and made them who they are now. The feeling of hunger is most often referred to as simply just a need for food. Hemingway and McCourt think too deeply to accept hunger as just an elementary concept.
As he speaks to Frank about his compulsive eating and lack of any health issues causing it, he says that what bothers him most is not being fat, but lying about why he is so heavy, and hiding his eating from all his loved ones and acquaintances. Even his wife believes he has gland problems. This reveals that Tub is not as emotionally strong as he pretends to be, and both the judgments of others and the lies he perpetuates to try to prevent those judgments take a toll on his self-esteem and conscience. Tub isn't as tough as he wishes he was. Later, when Frank confesses his scandalous relationship with his kid's underaged babysitter, Tub is shocked, but tries hard to understand Frank's affair.
Even though they are thankful for Mr. Lee’s generosity they strive to hide their appreciation in order to keep him from feeling superior. They believe boasting leads to pride that lead to killing thus their badmouthing can "cool his heart and make him gentle" (Lee 17). In this great article, “Eating