The American Dream came to mean fame and fortune, instead of a promise that shaped a nation. (David Kamp, Vanity Fair) This so- called dream has done incredible damage to our companies and corporations in America... ... middle of paper ... ...ur promises of this country began to wither, and the nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable. The next generations must lower their sights, we know that it is mankind’s nature to have selfish and foolish characters, but we have got to act now. The way Arthur Miller depicts the Loman’s truly criticizes the fact that wealth and success are not the most significant attributes in real life. Death of a Salesman is a red light, it is another example of how America adopts one million ideas and dreams for success.
Hamlet's Antic Disposition In William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, the main character of the story is one majestically elaborated, aside from being quite complex. There are infinite volumes written about this character because Shakespeare leaves no firm proof of many of his character traits. Yet on Hamlet's antic disposition, meaning his obviously absurd temperament or madness, Shakespeare leaves plenty of reason to believe that it is feigned, meaning that it is simply a ploy to help Hamlet carry out his plans for revenge. It is feigned, meaning that it is faked, merely put on as a façade. This is denoted in various aspects of his antic disposition.
Often, both characters portray a side that opposes the real meaning of romance. Many would argue that Shakespeare’s lines about love perpetuate its beauty; however, these structures are mainly abused by his own characters. Uttered by Romeo, “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,”—this line reveals how his perception of love changes when love is not granted to him. Therefore, it paves the way to the idea that love is often filled with complications and confusions. All in all, Romeo takes the easy way out in order to eliminate the memories of his past lover.
Blanche is not a pure and innocent person, and because of this, she decides to live in a self-made world of deception, to mask herself and others from her truth. Stanley is a wild and strong man whose qualities are ... ... middle of paper ... ...ms’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Symbolic/ Expressionism devices in Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire cites specific examples from the play to form concrete conclusions about the symbols used by Williams. Through the symbols found in the main characteristics of the play’s main characters, in addition to specific use of animalistic images, color, and light, Williams is able to better emphasize particular features of the play’s main, conflicting characters, Blanche and Stanley. As analyzed by the criticism, everything about Blanche and Stanley’s qualities and character traits force them to stand in contrast to each other, and even Stanley and Stella’s simple living quarters provide enough expressionism to show that Blanche and Stanley conflict with their diverse ways in seeing and interacting with the world around them.
The rise of eponymous drama illustrates the sudden power of the person in literature. This breakaway of Shakespeare’s ‘greatness’: many of his contemporaries and followers attempted to recreate his style, often decaying into wanton violence and atrocities (as with John Webster). His plots could be said to demonstrate moral stances (perhaps Othello could promote trust or fidelity with the consequences of jealousy and infidelity illustrated) but then Romeo and Juliet destroys the lovers who are attempting to reunite broken families, so it is difficult for that theme to be accurate. However, Shakespearean originality lies in the plots and variety even with in particular plays – Twelfth Night is generally considered a comedy but the persecution of Malvolio decays beyond the comic with the close of the play worryingly unresolved with his promise the he’ll ‘be reveng’d on the whole pack of you.’ The characterisation of his figures was also unique for his time: Shakespeare seems to have held great insight into likely human reactions to the extreme situations in which he places his characters, with... ... middle of paper ... ...he voice of the ghost that is heard, to show his indifferent attitude to his friends. Polonius’s language is used to further his character: his authority in Court (almost Claudius’ equal) contrasts with his rambling language to exacerbate his foolishness and almost guarantee his later destruction.
Gustave Flaubert of Madame Bovary and Isabel Allende of The House of the Spirits both manipulate elements of genre, dialogue, and style in relation to suspense in order to comment on the romantic ideas of destiny and fate. While they both use these techniques in relation to suspense and anticipation, Flaubert minimizes the importance of fate while Allende seeks to promote it. Flaubert builds suspense for a large amount of time and suddenly destroys or ignores it, but Allende destroys anticipation almost immediately. The realist elements, the ironic and misleading dialogue, and the contradictory syntax in Madame Bovary allow Flaubert to build suspense and then remove it to downplay the importance of fate. On the other hand, the magic realism techniques, the prophetic dialogue and narration, and the flat diction throughout The House of the Spirits allow Allende to idealize the idea of destiny.
Flaubert creates an elaborate contrast between provincial life and the fantasies of his heroine. Both opening and closing sections start and end with Charles instead of Emma. However the closing section of Madame Bovary demonstrates the contrast between realism and romanticism, the final affects of Emma’s foolish disposition, and the irony of humanity and social class. To start with, the last section of the novel surely takes a turn for the worst. What seems like a romantic novel becomes a realist novel.
Thoreau held commonly accepted American ideals up against the basic needs of human survival, and decided that Americans were in fact living a Dream of freeding, but also they were denying the fact that they were becoming less free in the process. Willy's story differs still, from the stories of Morgan or Thoreau. Death of a Salesman applies the social macronomics of the American dream to the tangible micronomics of the typical American family that was found during the 1940's. The tangibility described here in conjuction with themes of dishonesty, cause and effect, and failure found in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as well as in Economy, break down the futility and superfluity that occasion's white European men on power trips. In other words, the three books together describe the differences between black and white and what can and does happen, in one form or another to people who live their whole life in a dream.
The fundamental theme of The Great Gatsby is the decay of the American Dream. Through his insightful analysis and criticism ¬of 1920s high society, Fitzgerald argues that the American Dream no longer signifies the noble pursuit of progress; instead, it has become grossly materialistic and corrupt. Fitzgerald’s novel is structured as an allegory (a story inside another story), the terrible death of Jay Gatsby is, by extension, the death of the American Dream. For Fitzgerald, the true American Dream is characterized by a spirit of perseverance and hope; through these, one can succeed against all odds. This ideal is embodied by the young Gatsby (then James Gatz): he painstakingly plans the path by which he will become a great man in his "Hopalong Cassidy" journal ¬ and then follows it, to the letter.
Science is so called the ’father of progress’ and yet the development of Fordism and the evolution of artificial fertilization deteriorates the social value of science. Brave New World offers incites on an innovative world trying and, even more frightening, succeeding to create a utopia while destroying family and erasing the humanity in people. Humanity is the qualities or characteristics that, considered as a whole, to be characteristic of human beings. Qualities like love, marriage, commitment, and family. One of Huxley’s characters, John, tries to point out these characteristics to Helmholtz, a man who has been taught the beliefs of the World State, but utterly fails.