A glimpse into the stream of consciousness of Prufrock reveals his secret struggles to handle a world he has no control over. Prufrock displays numerous characteristics of an anti-hero but three stand out the most: cowardice, passiveness, and pessimism. Prufrock, the narrator of the poem, is a middle-aged man who is living a life void of meaning and purpose. His thoughts are depressing as he mulls over his dull, uneventful life. One of his most crippling traits is cowardice.
“Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” Anne Hathaway. The quote demonstrates remoteness towards Holden’s feelings because he doesn’t want a strong relationship with close members and strangers because he knows he can’t keep the relationship tight. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger conveys the message that loneliness, dictionary definitions are cliché, loneliness is a depressing feeling you get when one is alone.
He was trapped in a tedious world where there was nothing to do. John symbolizes the artist or the believer striving for ecstasy. Yet in a world of synchronized life, lack of arts, unrequited love, and “runaways” it is impossible to find ecstasy. He finds nothing worth living for in the ordinary world and strongly regrets his leave of the reservation in coming to this “boring” world. Clearly he is the image of a man trying to liberate himself from his own egotism.
One contributor to this breakdown, is the loneliness that Holden experiences. His loneliness is apparent through many ways including: his lack of friends, his longing for his dead brother, and the way he attempts to gain acceptance from others. To Holden, everyone is either corny of phony. He uses these terms to describe what a person is if they do not act naturally and follow other people?s manners and grace. Holden dislikes phonies and thinks of them as people who try to be something they are not.
The definition of loneliness in the dictionary is the unhappiness that is felt by someone because they do not have any friends or do not have anyone to talk to.In my opinion, loneliness is a condition of human life, a kind of experience that enables individuals to continue, expand and deepen human nature, and loneliness is life itself. Like torture, loneliness is a mental phenomenon that can be positive or negative. The depiction of loneliness in many western literary works is endless. Loneliness is an inevitable condition of human nature, and it exists in the deepest part of the
J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye is a compelling narrative on the themes of isolation and individualism. Holden Caulfield’s loneliness, a more distinct manifestation of his isolation problem, is a driving force throughout the book. A majority of the novel portrays his almost frantic quest for companionship as he darts from one meaningless encounter to another. However, while his behavior is a stark indicator of his loneliness, Holden consistently shies away from self-reflection and therefore doesn’t really know why he keeps behaving as he does.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro depicts a man, Harry, who after a lifetime of doing as he pleased, with whom he pleased has found himself in deep despair and even though he has people around him, he is quite alienated. While Harry would like to believe it is his wife’s fault for the condition he is in, deep down in his subconscious he knows better. He knows the fault lies squarely on his own shoulders. Harry’s wife, doting as she is, is still not truly, unconditionally loved by Harry. As stated in the Norton Anthology, “Hemingway’s work has been much criticized for its depictions of women” (Baym 2206).
Heathcliff is convinced that Hindley and Catherine are the reason for his loneliness and how he... ... middle of paper ... ...his is impossible to prevent. This leads to Mr. Heathcliff self destruction, because all of his life he has been looking for strategies to get revenge on those he hates. He does not want Wuthering Heights to be a haven, rather a purgatory. To his dismay he realizes his years of revenge, will not last all generations. Seeing how both families, the Linton and the Earnshaw's stand up for one another, Heathcliff understands that the one thing that kept him alive has now been defeated.
Usually, psychoneurosis is caused by isolation, a search for truth, and or gender consciousness. The lack of outside communication with the people in the small town of Winesburg causes them to struggle in overcoming their perception of how life should be on their own. When there is no communication there is evidently a lack of guidance, which causes one to form his or her own truths often times being misleading; the individual then holds on to what they believe is true basing their life off of that truth. Without confronting ones problems, the individual has set himself/herself up for helplessness. The idea of psychoneurosis leading to isolation is well demonstrated in several; characters in Winesburg, Ohio.
Eliot chooses to depict his character as an overly educated man, whose mental state is deteriorating because he longs for companionship, while Yeats chooses to depict his character as a man, who wants to live-out his childhood dream in solitude. Both authors show their characters as men who are trying to cope with their feelings toward seclusion. Loneliness can be compared to a coin; it has a head and a tail. To someone who is overcome by the constant influx of people or situations, loneliness can be seen as a sort of utopia; to someone who feels that they are all alone in the world, loneliness can be seen as a sort of hell. In these two works, the reader is exposed to the positive and negative aspects of being alone.