He is an Englishman who has never been exposed to any alternative form of culture similar to the one he will encounter in Africa, and he has no idea about the drastically different culture which exists out there. Throughout the book, Conrad, via Marlow's observations, reveals to the reader the naive mentality shared by every European. However, after only a short period of time in the Congo, he realizes the ignorance he and all his crew have. We first recognize the general naïve attitude of the Europeans when Marlow's aunt is seeing him for the last time before he embarks on his journey. Marlow's aunt is under the assumption that the voyage is a mission to "wean those ignorant millions from their horrid ways" (Conrad 760).
The next time... ... middle of paper ... ...e is not a reliable source. This happens a few other times when Nick has to ask other characters about events that happened before he was involved. In conclusion, Nick is not a reliable narrator because of his negative judgments of others, his friendship with Gatsby, and his lack of knowing everything that is going on. Nick is a very proud man and this is shown throughout the novel. He prides himself on being honest and non-judgmental when he is both of these things.
Paul explains the bloodiest battle against the French, which resulted in hundreds of casualties. At this point, it becomes clear that Germany is losing the war, and is running out of adult men able to fight. After this horrific battle, Paul was able to go home for a couple of days. Seeing his family again made him happy however, he had to maintain an emotional distance to prepare himself for returning to the trenches. When back on the front, he is faced with an experience he had never had before, killing a man.
The narrator himself experiences blindness, such as in chapter sixteen when he addresses the ... ... middle of paper ... ...judices of others. He has followed the ideology of the college and the ideology of the Brotherhood without trusting or developing his own identity. Now, however, he has realized that his own identity, both in its flexibility and authenticity, is the key to freedom. Rinehart, a master of many identities, first suggests to the narrator the limitless capacity for variation within oneself. However, Rinehart ultimately proves an unsatisfactory model for the narrator because Rinehart’s life lacks authenticity.
Throughout “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald an image of greatness is portrayed. In my opinion, Gatsby is not great. Although he is a caring person and his intentions are good with what he does, he is not great. Social class, insecurities, and love sway Gatsby’s decision to be the way he is. Bootlegging and lying are the qualities that do not make him great.
Although, what is supposed to bring happiness and knowledge, to him becomes a physical addiction without the mental benefits – he reads just to read, not to understand. Besides Benedikt, there are other characters that seem to stay in the background. They are very strictly divided in to the social groups, as the Golubchiks, the naïve and easily controllable commoners; the Olderners, people who survived the Blast, do not get older and resemble the intelligentsia; the Murzas, ... ... middle of paper ... ...em with Benedict and his overwhelming witlessness. It just does not makes sense for him to be so ignorant about the world, when his own mother and a neighbour are Oldeners, who talk (used to talk) about the old days on daily basis. I would have wanted him to possess some more knowledge about the world and be more respectful towards the literature, society and, definitely, towards the women.
But the truth is, he is a phony himself. Behind his polite manners and clever, judgmental thoughts, Holden is just a foolish boy. Based on Holden's actions throughout the story, you can tell he didn't think through what he was doing. Holden knew he was flunking four subjects, and that he needed to "start applying himself," but he never did (Salinger 6). He rarely tries to succeed, and he quits when a situation becomes difficult.
During this mission a firefight breaks out and the platoon leader Lieutenant Carroll is killed. This shocks and hurts the entire platoon, Richie was then made to write a letter home to Lieutenant Carrolls wife and family. As hopeful peace talks are happening Richie confronts the uncomfortable question of what he will do when he returns home. For his family is too poor to send him to college, his fa... ... middle of paper ... ...t war at the home front and how it affect the soldiers in Vietnam. Another key factor which was fascinating in this book was, when companies such as Richies would go out on patrol and only kill one or two vietcong, the report would say twice as many were killed to make the reports of the company and the war effort look better.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, the main figure Odysseus has excessive pride, a lack of faith, and selfish intentions, which prevent him from earning the title of hero. These mannerisms are just several examples of his multiple derogatory traits. They completely overpower the few positive attributes Odysseus possesses. The numerous negative behaviors that he displays are not those of a hero. Being chivalrous, determined, growing, or courageous in any way can make a hero.
His character shows how he goes against both good and bad societies, the men that controlled his views like his father and Voldemort, and nature. I only wish I could see his point of view in first person. What really surprised me of him was how little he showed up in the series yet how much he managed to make an impacted in the end. I found that J.K. Rowing did a wonderful job on his character with how little we were given in both the books and the movies. His character wasn’t the hero or a person any one wishes to be but more of the kind of character we unknowingly can come across or become in real life.