(Summer School so it's a lot easier). Does my thesis workout? (My thesis has talk be about violence of some sort) “The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” – Victor Hugo. In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Khaled effectively portrays guilt as being destructive to oneself and affecting others around it. The violence that the main character, Amir, experiences leads to him feeling guilty for rest of his life, which breaks up the relationships that he once had in his previous years.
John Knowles' “A Separate Peace” is a young boy's attempt to discover personal identity in an always-transforming world. Gene develops an intense resentment towards Finny because he holds and shows charm, talent, integrity, and relies on pure achievement instead of competition. Gene suspects that Finny has become jealous his academic accomplishments and has tried to distract from his studies. His accusations transform into hate and he later finds out that Finny resents him. But in all reality it is Gene who resents Finny and his resentment increases when Finny does not attain a reciprocal envy.
This is shown when Ralph explains to Jack that the littluns are scared of the beast: “They talk and scream. The littluns”(51). By grouping this cluster of boys together, the older boys are virtually taking away their selfhood. Thus, names help to examine loss of identity and how a name can reduce a person to a
Unfortunately, Doodle was no match for his brother’s aggressive and selfish actions. In the end, Brother’s pride is to blame for Doodle’s untimely death. Brother’s pride was responsible for his opinion of Doodle. At times, Brother was kind and loving to Doodle, but the reader soon realizes that the narrator was mostly harsh and cruel to his brother. In the beginning of the story, Brother recounts the day Doodle was born, saying that he was a disappointment as soon as he entered the world.
James Hurst’s short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” evokes memories from Hurt’s childhood and the events leading to the death of his malformed, younger brother as a result of being pushed past his natural limit. Hurst expresses his ideas of the tragedy and miracles pride can emit by stating “that pride is a terrible, wonderful thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” (Hurst 347). The narrator’s constant shame of his deformed sibling causes him to act on selfish impulse; the result of these actions creates the contrast between phenomenon and tragedy. Pride holds the power to cloud judgment, awaken cruelty, and unlock selfishness but it also entails a type of influence that can create miracles. During one of the boys’ visits to Old Woman Swamp, the narrator shows Doodle the “mahogany box” that was made for Doodle to be buried in and tells him that “ ‘before [he helps him] down from the loft [Doodle is] going to have to touch it’ ” or “ ‘[He will] leave [him] by [himself]’ ”, demonstrating the narrator’s feeling of dominance over his crippled sibling.
The first evidence we see of Hooper’s bullying is the note that he drops from a window when Kingshaw first arrives, ‘I didn’t want you to come here’. This immediately sets the tone and strikes conflict between the two boys, sparking fear and insecurity within Kingshaw, knowing that he already isn’t wanted and hasn’t even spoken to Hooper yet. Through the use of flashbacks we gain insight into Kingshaw’s past which reveals how insecure he is which due to lack of love from his mother. This fear and insecurity is what Hooper thrives on, targeting on these weaknesses. To get away from Hooper and his torment, Kingshaw runs away to Hangwood.
During this meeting, they discussed Holden’s academic failure and his unwillingness to conform to society and apply himself to his studies. Antolini has a paternal attitude towards Holden. He seems genuinely concerned about the boy and tries to help him realise that his irresponsible behaviour is spiralling out of control. He tells him he is headed for a fall and “the man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit the bottom.”(Chapter 24, The Catcher in the Rye) He offers advice: “The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” (Chapter 24, The Catcher in the Rye) The visit is relaxed and friendly. He doesn’t question Holden too much.
Trevor, once the son of an architect and once part of an upper-class family, ignores that he is a thief, and has resorted to plotting to destroy this “beautiful” house specifically from the inside-out with his gang of teenage boys who have already replaced their innocence with greed, cynicism, and rebelliousness in a post-war, blitzed London. Trevor’s experience in a London that has been reduced to rubble reveals that once a society has been singled out for destruction, it becomes instable and slowly crumbles from the inside-out like an infection. Trevor’s anger over his family’s shift in social status motivates him to destroy Old Misery’s house; providing a rich irony and proves most teenage boys’ actions contradict their words because he calmly neglects the fact that he is a thief. Trevor admits that the house is “beautiful” and quite an exquisite relic for a building. Old Misery’s house is where the old man spends and will spend a vast majority of the rest of his life.
Clearly the hatred that they feel for one another is expressed through their behaviour and the words they use for each other, such as when Oliver insultingly calls his brother a "boy" and he tells the Duke that he hates Orlando just as much as he does, knowing that this will be bad for his brother. However, the power of the Forest of Arden to transform characters is shown strongly in Olvier's change of heart and his softening of his attitude towards Orlando. Through what he sees and learns in the forest, and through meeting Celia, he comes to love his brother and regret his past actions towards him, even wanting to give the estate and wealth of their father, that previously he had kept to himself, to Orlando alone: It shall be to your good, for my father's house and all the revenue that was old Sir Rowland's will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd. Thus by the end of the play, one of the central conflicts, that between Orlando and Oliver, is resolved as they are restored to loving siblings, which is in direct contrast to how they began the
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Argumentative essay Wuthering heights written by Emily Bronte is a story about an orphaned boy named Heathcliff brought in by Mr.Earnshaw who suffers at the hands of others, gains the sympathy of the readers. However his thirst for revenge destroys several innocent lives and thus earns him the status of a villain. Heathcliff one of the main characters of “Wuthering Heights” is the protagonist and also the antagonist of the story. To justify this we see that at the beginning of the book he is a protagonist and the readers feel sympathetic towards him. But as we go further we see his character change from a protagonist to an antagonist.