Jewel ends up with very little because he sacrificed life and limb for his already deceased mother and also gave up his hard earned horse for a father that was shameful and unconcerned with his whole family. Jewel gave up his body and earnings for the trip while Darl only became filled with envy and grief from the struggles of the trip to Jackson. In the beginning of the novel, Jewel seemed kept to himself and Darl seemed like the natural leader of the Bundren family. As the novel progressed Jewel became the one who could put more weight on his shoulders and support the family. Darl transformed into an unstable and non-vital part of the Bundren family, barely
The loneliness of Curley’s wife is portrayed in many different ways throughout the book, using both the words of characters and Steinbeck’s narrations. Even at the beginning of the book, a sense of the loneliness is displayed through the setting of Soledad, meaning solitude, and plays a perfect backdrop for the loneliness of the characters. By setting the story in Soledad, Steinbeck demonstrates the terrible loneliness that all of the characters are feeling, including Curley’s wife. The ironic thing about her loneliness is that she is the only character in the book that has a partner or husband, but still comes across as the most solitary one of them all. She shows a lot of anger and sarcasm when she speaks about Curley, “swell guy ain’t
Curley’s Wife is the only woman on the entire ranch, and Curley is a very temperamental man, so as to not upset him, no one talks to her. Every time she tries to have a conversation with one of the men, they avoid her at all costs. While Lennie is trying to escape from her, “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (86).
Eidson influenced my first impressions of Nat Swanson by persuading me to believe he was a bad and lonely character from the start of the novel. Eidson clearly demonstrates Nat Swanson as a lone ranger, a one-man gang and a loner in this story. At first Eidson reflects on Nat Swanson’s history to reflect his characteristics. Nat Swanson lost his whole family in an incident involving Comanche’s at a young age and was passed around foster homes. He felt abandoned because he also knew himself that he was only taken in by family for his work ethics but not for the caring and love of a child.
In the book Paul feels that they have no reason to be fighting and that they have been abated to beasts just trying to protect themselves from others who are doing the same. At such a young age him and his comrades are exposed to so much tragedy, Paul stated that “Our knowledge of life is limited to death, what will come afterwards? And what will happen to us” (264). For the soldiers who die fighting in the war it is unfair what becomes of them. People who died a noble death get treated as if they are nothing, and were never anyone.
In the novel “Of Mice and Men” Steinbeck successfully displays the many social situations in which loneliness manifests itself. He also shows us how loneliness affects people and their behaviour and personalities through use if his characters. Isolation is the cause of loneliness, so I will be using the word throughout my essay. There are situations in which society isolates a person, or type of person, and makes them lonely, and sometimes isolation and loneliness is self inflicted. In this essay I will explain many of these situations of loneliness that Steinbeck presents us with and the effects it has on people – on their behaviour and personality, the characters he uses to represent these situations and effects.
this very discontent feeling would further add to the very isolation the Glaspell is trying to portray. How is anyone to feel connected when they much live with a foul personality? “He was a hard man” (Glaspell 181); “Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Glaspell 181). He gave his wife a dispirited sense of being. She probably felt smothered by his bleak nature and with the fact that the farmhouse was too isolated for anyone to want to visit, Mrs. Wright was left alone.
Unexpectedly, Quoyle was informed that “[Petal] took the kids and went off with that guy in the red Geo” (Proulx 22). Quoyle’s loneliness caused by his lost relationship takes a toll on his self-esteem, which is evident when his daughter Bunny says “‘Petal said Dad is dumb’ […] ‘Everyone is dumb about some things,’ said Quoyle” (Proulx 39). It is clear that the love Quoyle maintains for Petal after her deceiving departure is so great that it is enough to surpass the importance of his own self-esteem. To have reached such a point, it shows the amount of loneliness Quoyle endures and its impact on his self-opinion. Additionally, Quoyle’s unattractive chin, the part of his body that he was conscious and afraid of showing, is a symbol of self-respect.
Survivors are cursed to wander through life alone, always feeling the emptiness left by those who have been left behind. Such people are portrayed vividly in Scott Anderson’s “Triage.” Survival is depicted as a very complex affair; the mind of the survivor is all-too vulnerable to guilt and stress, complications that can lead to a certain envy of the dead. Anderson confronts us with three very different survivors to illustrate this point: timid, quiet Mark, orthodox, domestic Elena and loud, vibrant Joaquin. These three survivors have very different approaches to deal with their burdens and the burdens of others. These attitudes dictate how they are able to live their lives.
‘Elm’ finished with the disturbing line “That kill, that kill, that kill”We can see through her callous honesty and the unsettling atmosphere that she is tormented when she says “Till your head is a stone, your pillow a little turf”. Here, she is using an image of a grave and this sense of mortality is extremely personal, many poets wouldn't write about such agitated thoughts. Her startling honesty is seen when she says “I am terrified by this dark thing”. Plath is afraid, she is desperate and she is reaching out to her readers, begging for help. Her use of words in ‘Elm’ is also interesting.