Uncle Andy made Arnold feel abandoned and hurt when he stated “Not a tear in his eye”, this statement proves to show that his uncle did not care for him at the time and did not help comfort him. The community within this story also intertwines with this theme. It is shown when a member of the area, Sullivan, expresses his feeling through the following “He don’t give a hoot, is that how it goes?” Each word that comes from his mouth pierces Arnold’s heart and has him left in the dust. Finally the abandonment of his mother was what hurt him the most. People argue that the perspective that your family has on you, is what matters to a person the most.
After Allie’s death, Holden remembers: “It wasn’t that I didn’t use to take him with me when I went somewhere, I did. But that one day, I didn’t” (Salinger 99). Holden feels guilty for his actions, which seem more serious now more than ever. He remembers that one specific time he didn’t take his brother, but did not remember all the times he did. This shows more about Holden’s personality and his negative thinking, which is also a link to his down fall.
He does not know what he should do or say. Jealous of the former relationship between his wife and Robert, he is suspicious. He knows that his wife has told Robert about him and has probably complained about his faults. This makes him feel guilty and insecure. He later says how "I was not enthusiastic about his visit.... A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (100).
The purchase of the car by the brothers is the symbolism of the brothers’ relationship through all the ups and downs that they go through. As the relationship between them change so does the condition of the car. Through all the good and the bad the brothers have been through, the car was there the whole time, going through it all with them. It withstood all the traveling they did at the beginning, through the destruction of their relationship, and then the mending of what was left. The story shows how much impact war has on the relationships between family and
He changes when he learns about Mrs. Dubois and her bad addiction to morphine. One can directed to believe that Jem would be more inclined to read to her to help her to stay clean. He loses his innocence when Mrs. Duboise dies and he never gets to really apologize for his actions. After this loss of innocence, he has another realization that life is unfair and it is not fun and games because of the verdict in the Tom Robinson case. He also realizes the mere fact of why Boo Radley never liked coming out the house which shows his intellectual maturity of realizing that the world is not that great.
When he came home, he was unable to function as he had in the past. After Lyman damaged the car, Henry had the opportunity to work toward a goal, instead of watching television all day. In this way, the car symbolizes Henry’s need for a sense of purpose and mastery. He did not know how to be a member of his family or community, but he did know how to fix the car. Fixing the car seems to have lifted his spirits because it was familiar and something that allowed him to feel useful and competent for a while.
I would consider the narrator self absorbed, concerned only with how the visit from Robert will affect him and dismissive of what role Robert may have played in his wife’s past. “A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to.” (Cathedral) He fails to look into how this man could have had a positive impact on his wife’s life, and focuses on how this situation will affect only him. I believe the narrator also lacks self-awareness. He pities Robert’s wife because her husband could never look at her, never realizing that he doesn’t really know his own wife despite the fact that he can see her. The narrator is also not a very smooth storyteller.
Henry became more lazy and by the most part more distant and not caring at all. Lyman wanted the old Henry back, he tried multiple things that used to make happy, nothing worked. Later, Lyman knew that there was only one thing that really cheered him up, so he has determined to do whatever it takes to have Henry back to his old self. Lyman did the unthinkable, he took a hammer and smashed the red convertible and left there for Henry to find. Henry was upset on how the car was treated while he
In the passage it embodies that Meursault is detached from society and is different from other people. He does not show any sadness over his mother being dead. This is later seen when he is at the vigil and he does not open the casket to see his mother one last time, which in that time period was perceived as something only a cold, heartless monster would do Later in the novel he shows no remorse over killing the Arab just like he showed no remorse over his mother. During the trial the fact that that Meursault was different from the rest of society is used, something that was evident to the reader since the beginning of the book. He is found guilty not because he killed an Arab but because he was seen as a monster for being so apathetic and going out with a girl after his mother died.
”Unknown Blindness” The narrator in Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral" is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial, and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator who cannot clearly see the world around him. In the eyes of the narrator, Robert’s blindness is his defining characteristic. The opening line of "Cathedral" reads, "This blind man, an old friend of my wife’s, he was on his way to spend the night" (Carver, 92).