The speaker foolishly trapped himself through the entanglement with desires with no end and will never be achieved. Much like a “labyrinth of desire,” trapped and searching for a way out (Brennan). Calling desire themselves “band of all evils” and that they are worthless “scum.” Just useless thoughts that h... ... middle of paper ... ...ed mind” (6 Sidney). They all add to the bitterness to desire that the speaker feels. In the end the sense of irony is left.
Holden Caulfield is a peculiar teenager. He's hypocritical, cynical, dishonest, and most of all...confused. All of these traits add up to an unreliable narrator, to say the least. You can never take what Holden says at face value: you have to read between the lines. In between the lines lies the fact that he is extremely lonely, and that his fear of abandonment causes him to isolate himself in opposition to that.
Sadness for the transformation of a pure person into a completely different character portrays a similarity between the main character in “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” and one of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter. “It is inconceivable, the agony with which this public veneration tortured him! It was his genuine impulse to adore the truth, and to reckon all things shadow-like, and utterly devoid of weight or value, that had not its divine essence as the life within their life. Then, what was he?—a substance?—or the dimmest of all shadows? He longed t... ... middle of paper ... ...ity becomes a jittery, on-edge fuse ready to explode at any moment.
Sympathy For Characters in O. Henry's Furnished Room and Chekov's Vanka Two Works Cited The narrators in both O. Henry's "The Furnished Room" and Anton Chekov's "Vanka" view their protagonists as desperate and helpless in a world of cold realism. With tones rich in sympathy, the narrators in both stories take pity on their characters. Both characters have yet to understand that realistically they have little control of the dismal life they lead; instead, their surroundings have more of an impact on their life. Trapped in a harshly ironic and deceitful world, the characters become pitiable symbols in a world numb to their presence. Transforming the protagonists into symbols that touch on everyday human norms (such as unending faith and one's lodgings), the narrators promote a sense of empathy.
Prufrock's happiness in another world, un-judged and secure, is then destroyed as he brings the human voice into the poem. Overall, “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock” is multifaceted and can be misunderstood by the author’s choice of words and writing techniques. This complexity is what makes the poem unique and bursting with meaning. It captures an average middle age man who hasn’t found his identity and place in the world. It shows loneliness and the tedious life of someone who hasn’t happiness and true love.
Likewise, the simple fact of being morally upright is challenged by Ichabod’s overwhelming greed. Affirming his lack of heroism is the story’s conclusion in which Ichabod’s overactive imagination was so prevalent that it clouded his sense of reality and caused his downfall and failure. In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Ichabod Crane is shown to be an anti-hero through his mere physical description, cowardice and greed, and ultimately destructive imagination, all of which completely contradict the traits that make a true hero. The physical characteristics of Ichabod Crane and those of the “typical hero” are polar opposite in comparis... ... middle of paper ... ...e majorly attributed to being cowardly and greedy. He is afraid of almost everything and wants excessively more than he needs or should.
Hemingway’s portrayal of Harry and his feelings of despair and alienation is seen in the context of his realization that his life, even though it had been fun, was rather lonely. He lived a life full of loneliness and dies very much the same way. The flesh eating gangrene was comparable to the self-centeredness... ... middle of paper ... ... what should be the most important in their lives – love. Love of friends and family! People live in despair and alienation and are hardly aware of their unhappiness.
The man is peculiar because of his lack of self-respect, his sadistic and masochistic tendencies, and his horrible delight in inflicting emotional pain on himself and others. Almost instantly the reader is forced to hate this man. He has no redeeming values, all of his insights into human nature are ghastly, and once he begins the narrative of his life, the reader begins to actively hate and pity him. The reader is forced to ask why Dostoyevsky would bother writing about this troubling man and his problems. The answer is that Dostoyevsky does not believe in the norms society sets for people.
Overall, these stories share a common theme of loneliness and tragedy. Each story had a sad ending that either dealt with despair in the mind or death. When comparing my life to these stories I think that there is always a truth do the paradox of perceived reality because reality can be whatever one wants to see it as. The Underground man sees himself as an outcast, therefore he is one, the director sees the step-sons death as a play instead of truth, and Gregors family sees him as a bug, so he loses his ambition to function in the house as a person. If the characters in these stories had a different look on what reality is, than the endings would have been altered dramatically.
Thus, despite Heathcliff’s immoral behavior and throughly evil actions, the book closes leaving the reader with a pitying disposition on the character’s behalf. After never being taught to love, being abused, losing ones love, and living for one thing only to later discover it’s futilty, one might ponder that Heathcliff couldn’t help but be how was. The circumstances were almost beyond his control. The passionate, violent environment of Wuthering Heights shaped him into the fiend that he was. And to read of that hellish existence is enough to impart a sympathetic sigh from even the most critical of readers.