I don’t care. So long as I can be alone.’” (243) John feels used by Bernard as his tool to get the girls, and he has had enough of the fingers pointed at him and words said behind his back. After all he has been through John is still unable to get away from the mindset that he has to be alone, and chooses to leave the new world in favor of a solitary lighthouse. There, like the “men” on the reservation, John whips himself daily as people watch him like some sort of spectacle. Eventually John cracks and goes insane for a moment resulting in a blackout; “He lay awake for a moment, blinking in owlish incomprehension at the light; then suddenly remembered—everything” (258).
The characters partake in subconscious battles of the right things to do verses indecent, have altered reactions to the situations they deal with, and a sense of freedom or feelings of free is felt by both Jake and Mrs. Mallard in closing or near the closing of the stories. Different stories involving different characters share familiar counter parts. Williams
Dreams play a vital role to the development of plot and character within Death of a Salesman; it drives the main characters with their need to obtain their aspirations to a point of obsession that dominates their lives. This never ending pursuit of a non-existent perfection is what leads Willy, Biff and Happy and those around them into a false idea of happiness. They believe that wealth and reputation are the path to success, unfortunately this road leads to only poor and selfish choices leaving everyone unsatisfied and full of regret. Willy’s dreams for himself and his sons set the stage for the novel’s sequence of events. They are the reason that Willy cannot seem to find success, and when he cannot meet his high expectations for himself, he lies and cheats in order to keep the unachievable ideal alive instead of being satisfied with less than perfect.
Throughout the book Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, the protagonist (who is not clearly named towards the end of the book) is narrorating the book. One who doesn’t read towards the end of the book would think that it is just the main character narrorating the story. This book goes very deep into the mind of the protagonist suprising the reader who maybe thought it was just a fighting book, with extra violence, and action. Tyler Durden, a man with a far different nature than the average civilized man. He has a hatred for consumer culture, and lives his life on the edge, not caring about organization, even destroying some of the consumer culture with help from his followers.
But as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that these are not flashbacks. These are only daydreams that allow him to cope with his submissive nature and routine life. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” James Thurber contrasts the bold figure Mitty dreams of being with the meek person he is in real life. In his daydreams, Mitty is a brave, unconquerable figure who is equal to any challenge and who wins everyone's admiration. At one time, he imagines he is a Navy Commander guiding his men through a hurricane-force ice storm.
Analysis of Tom Wingfield In Tennessee William’s play the glass menagerie Tom Wingfield was the creative/artistic character, which is in contrast to his mother‘s character and needed to leave St. Louis entirely so that to be out from under the dark cloud of his mother. Even the gentleman caller Jim and his own sister Laura are much unlike Tom. Tom channeled much of his creativity into the writing poems and to him the arts and adventure were very important. However, mother, as well as the ‘realistic’ world, saw very little importance in the more creative aspect of the human intelligence. Tom is trapped in a very conventional and materialistic world during the late years of the Great Depression and just prior to the Second World War.
Analysis Of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty Story The short story that I will do an analysis on is the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, written by James Thurber in March of 1939. This story centers around the hilarious and amusing daydreams of Walter Mitty. Walter is an ordinary man, who resides in Waterbury, Connecticut, with his overbearing, nagging wife Mrs. Mitty. Throughout this short story Mitty is characterized as being a pathetic, timid man, who daydreams to deal with situations and conflicts that arise in his life, with his wife and others he encounters on a daily basis. The genre of this short story would be comedy, Thurber’s writing style is quiet creative and imaginative, with themes of adventure and escapism and also I believe imagery.
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.
An innocent child living a difficult and unbearable life in which isolating himself and imagining a world of joy and perfection are his only moments of true happiness. Many believe shadowing one's reality with the opportunity of imagination is a suitable choice to cope with sadness. However, Alden Nowlan’s The Fall of the City proves otherwise as the main character, Teddy practices the aforementioned technique to deal with the sadness he encounters everyday as a result of his troubled relationships with his uncle and aunt. Teddy isolates himself from the real world by spending time in an imaginary kingdom he calls Upalia, where King Theodore defeats evil continuously, and restores harmony amongst his kingdom time after time. Sadly, evil prevails in the end as Teddy’s uncle brainwashes him, causing him to experience destruction by ripping his paper cut dolls and shaped boxes into shreds,
In this reading, Dorothy West describes this character as “an abject little man.” In my mind, I immediately think of a hopeless, quite miserable individual who is downtrodden about his current state of being. When Lucius is able to live his imaginary “businessman” lifestyle through the correspondence he gives his daughter via dictation on her typewriter, for once, he experiences freedom from what had enslaved him for so long. In this “free” place, there are no hard times in life, no odd jobs to do, no frankfurters and beans to eat – J. Lucius Jones is all business, and plays his role to the hilt. Unfortunately, Mr. Jones becomes a little too involved in this fictitious character. He put all his hopes and dreams of par social status and finds it difficult to escape.