Even though he had some thought that the meeting would provoke harmful tensions between Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby, he went along with it anyways, further demonstrating his own innate lack of reservation. Ultimately, Nick is an unreliable narrator who overlooks Gatsby’s lies because of his biased judgment of him. Nick portrays Gatsby as a generous and charismatic figure while in reality, he is a duplicative and obsessed man entangled in illegal business who is determined on an unattainable goal. It is highly ironic that Nick judges others for their lack of morality and honesty; his own character is plagued by lies as he abets Gatsby in many of his schemes.
His fears master him, creating in him a fantasy world of life as it was eighteen years ago. Willy’s avoidance of reality and his suicide show his cowardice. However, the emphasis he puts on financial success prevents him from realizing the consequences that his suicide would create. Willy’s refusal to face reality and accept responsibility shows that he is a coward. According to Gordon Hitchens, Willy "broke the first commandment of American business .
In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller describes Willy Loman as a tragic character who failed to succeed his dreams. Willy never becomes a part of the American Dream, because he is always following other people’s dreams but never his own. He chooses to become a salesman only because he is truly inspired by Ben and Dave Singleman’s successes. Willy Loman, a rather hard working man, might succeed his own American Dream in another career that he is capable of. The fantastic illusions that he himself creates due to the inspiration of others’ successes eventually lead to his failure as well as his sons’.
Willy incorrectly thinks that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it — because personality always wins the day”, which is absolutely not true and causes him to be a poor role model for his children (Miller 65). It also leads his Howard firing him, which is nicely described as the “The underlying struggle is that of the individual attempting to gain his ‘rightful’ position in his society” (Miller 144). The fact that Willy is not able to adapt with society and a... ... middle of paper ... ...rs in terms of the American Dream because he committed suicide, he mostly embodies the elements that make him a tragic hero. Miller is about to show that through specific characteristic and thematic elements that Willy is indeed a tragic hero whose demise was an product of the misconceptions of his salesman’s dream. Due to Willy’s delusional dream, he is unable accept the reality he lives in causing him to live in the past.
The ghosts of his past torment him repeatedly throughout the story, his child's guardians despise him and his old friends do not understand him. Duncan Schaffer and Lorraine Quarrles represent all that wrong with Charlie's life. Charlie attempts to steam forward and like a anchor they keep him moored in place. I can not truly sympathize with Charlie though there is a sense of empathy within me. I sense that with Lincoln Peters also.
Biff looks up to Willy, so when he finds out that Willy has an affair in Boston, Biff is petrified. Biff realizes his hero, dad, the one he wants to impress, is a phony and a liar. Willy destroys Biff's dream of playing football by saying he does not have to study for the math regents, he also Willy telling Bernard to give Biff the answers. When Biff fails the regents, he does not want to retake the test because he is so disgusted with his hero and does not want to succeed. Not only did Willy destroy Biff's dream, he also broke his vows and refused to admit it.
No longer being able to tolerate the behaviors of the upper class, Nick admits, “They were careless people … they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money…” (Fitzgerald 179). Additionally, this statement proves how Nick became increasingly critical and biased throughout the book. As he loses his innocence and his tendency to “reserve all judgments” (Fitzgerald 1), he realizes that nobody except for Gatsby had shown any real positive qualities. Having witnessed close at hand the moral decay of Gatsby 's life and the corruption that had infiltrated Eastern lives, Nick yearns for and returns to a more wholesome community, his home, the Midwest. He suggests that the new world he encountered while living next door to Gatsby was unappealing to him and made him long for the familiar territory where moral qualities meant more than wealthy indulgence.
In the beginning of the novel, Nick Carraway finds himself injected into the lives of Jay Gatsby, and Daisy and Tom Buchanan. As Nick becomes familiar with the company of the Buchanans and Gatsby, he goes against his principles. Early on, Nick tells us that he is “one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (Fitzgerald 170). He may be the most ethical character, but by implying that his story is truly objective is incorrect. Nick comes into their lives as a naïve visitor from the West and leaves with contempt for the people he once called his frien... ... middle of paper ... ...olved character and is not completely neutral, but at the same time this makes him the most ideal narrator.
It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning---” (Fitzgerald 189). Gatsby believes the green light will answer his prayers. It is his rock, the only thing keeping him out of despair. He feeds off the green light’s presence. “Those green symbols along with the green light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock are merely smaller and later versions of the Emerald City--full of promise and meaning but ultimately deceptive.” (Barrett 1) Gatsby often looks at the light when thinking of his goals in life.
Throughout the story, Achebe highlights the internal weaknesses that Okonkwo has, which includes his own fear of weakness. These flaws, along with the conflicts around Okonkwo, all contribute to his tragic death. The biggest factor in this downfall is his exile. He was away from the clan for 7 years, and during those long years, his fatherland went through drastic changes, with the arrival of the Christians and the church. Although Okonkwo believed that he would be able to restore his image after the banishment was over, the reader knew that this was unequivocally impossible.