And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die, and nothing remains?’ ‘Yes,’ I said”(117). A man with no ambition is man without a reason to live. Meursault doesn’t care about murdering a man in cold blood, because to him it really made no difference in his life. He didn’t believe in God, where a lot of people find their reason to live life as an excellent samaritan. However, Meursault decides not to
Chapters 1-7 Chris McCandless is a very odd person, and a very awkward character that makes the reader think he is crazy for leaving his perfectly fine family and sister behind to go die in the woods somewhere. You can tell he wasn’t the brightest color in the crayon box by the people he associated himself with as well. Crazy Ernie, for example, is a prime character to look to for a reflection of McCandless in. Chris worked for him to make some money but when he realized Ernie had no intention of paying him, he left. This doesn’t say that he was a materialistic person, just a reasonable man that chose to do what any other normal person would do, and stole a bike for his work and left.
Being rich is not what this man always knew. He grew up in a family that was poor and did not have much money. I think this man was propelled toward becoming rich, partly because he never knew what being rich was like. Being poor growing up was nothing close to happy. He thought growing up he had no money and was unhappy, so becoming rich must be the equation of becoming
Luke Troutman Mrs. B.L. Honors English III September 30, 2008 Wealth Overcomes Love In The Great Gatsby; Tom, Daisy, and Myrtle’s desire for wealth prohibits them from developing substantial relationships. Living a lavish lifestyle, with constant happiness keeps them from actually loving a person for who they are, not how they live. This shows a want for happiness in men, or women, and how they forget about love to obtain happiness and worldly possessions. Since he was a child Tom had always been wealthy acquiring everything he desired causing him to act childishly always wanting his way and to become wealthier.
He worked so hard at convincing himself that he could recreate the past that he actually believed it could happen in his own mind. He hated his life as a kid because of the fact that he wasn’t rich. To Gatsby, the reason Daisy never married him was because he wasn’t wealthy, like Tom was. This triggered Gatsby to have a life goal. This life goal was everything he worked for, his entire life revolved around doing anything he can to become rich, and once he was rich then he would once again capture Daisy’s love for him again and they would get married back in Louisville at Daisy’s old house.
Even though they have been together in the past, the fact that they are not together at the time of the story shows how their relationship must have failed and therefore love is seen as unobtainable. He seems to place Daisy so high on a pedestal that she is in a way already unreachable. He loves her so much, with so much passion, worked so hard to be up to her standards (bought the house, throws all these parties…). However, she has never turned up to any of his parties or shown any interest in a certain Gatsby showing that love is unobtainable. Jordan mentions to Nick that “he half expected her to wander into one of his parties but she never did, then he began asking people casually if they knew her”.
A memory is the opposite of a dream. Because Charlie is focused on his memories and past, he is mindless of the future. The narrator portrays Charlie’s whiskey glass as, “empty”, and the sole word used to describe the way he feels is, “alone”. Both of these words have a depressing, negative connotation which implies that Charlie lacks the desire and motivation to keep himself focused on his future. Charlie feels as if his life has come to a halt, and that he has no sense of direction after being denied custody of Honoria: “There wasn’t much he could do now except send Honoria some things”.
Since his father Unoka was not a hard working man and did not live a productive life, Okonkwo had nothing to learn or inherit from him. Instead, he had to work very hard himself to get to the position he was in. He had only one fear and that was “to resemble his father” (17, ch.2). His obsession with success, which is one of his tragic flaws, stops him from seeing what is really going around and from having a better outcome. Many times, tragic flaws cause the tragic heroes to die or face downfall and Okonkwo’s case was not any different.