Inner beauty is forgotten and deemed unimportant in our society. The problems leave us with nothing but a shallow, depressed, miserable, unrealistic society with standards that leave people feeling inadequate and rejected. The media should give a more realistic body type for women to look up to. Women need to work together to help change attitudes, and neutralize the negativity that society and the media create. We can refuse to take the media so seriously and try to challenge the idealistic images in advertising and their demeaning messages.
Human flaws and the desire for technological advancement leads to the destruction of humanity. The poem Binsey Poplars by Gerard Hopkins portrays the author’s sadness with how easily humans can destroy the natural world without realizing the implications of their actions. He begins the poem by saying, “My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled” showing that he is grieving for destruction of the delicate trees (Hopkins 1). The poem continues and he says, “but a prick will make no eye at all, where we, even where we mean to mend her we end her” (15-17). The author is comparing the Earth to a vital organ, the eye to compare the fact that they are both delicate.
As we read on, we come to see that Daisy is actually very careless, selfish, and only focuses herself on wealth and power. She never looked at the consequences of her actions; and she let others clean up the messes she made. She wanted her daughter to grow up just like her, even though it’s a life nobody wanted to live. She even gave up her true love to be with somebody who had money and a good repetition. As perceived in the novel, Daisy is the most despicable character in the novel of The Great Gatsby.
Due to his assaults against female purity, Major Sanford is rejected by society for being devoid of virtue. Well aware of this reputation, Mrs. Richman warns Eliza that he is a "professed libertine" and is not to be admitted into "virtuous society" (Foster 20). Upon her acquaintance with him, her friend Lucy Freeman declares, "I look upon the vicious habits, and abandoned character of Major Sanford, to have more pernicious effects on society, than the perpetrations of the robber and the assassin" (Foster 63). Major Sanford's licentious past dooms him to a future of lechery; there is no possibility for him to evade his reputation. Eliza's assaults against True Womanhood are violations of the virtues submissiveness and purity.
Daisy’s choice of keeping her social status, and money is the result of her expectancy of becoming happier, and results in her own downfall because true happiness cannot be simply given, it must be a product of hard work. This demonstrates that in order to become truly happy, society must take in considerations of one’s emotions and not by simply what the rest of the world expects. Similarly, money can also lead to the misunderstanding that purchasing materialistic items is a method to make life happier. This can be seen in Gatsby character and leads to his destruction, as all Gatsby ever receives in the end is isolation and loneliness from the community. This is evident when Nick expresses “His household never seemed so enormous to me as it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes” (Fitzgerald.147).
I was always willing to be amused. The folly of most people is rather an object of mirth than uneasiness.” When Hastings finally declares his love for Miss Neville to her uncle, Mr Hardcastle, Mrs Hardcastle can’t take such romantic talk: “MRS HARDCASTLE: Pshaw, pshaw, this is all but the whining end of a modern novel,” modern novels were of course written in sentimental style. She is complaining about this, even though this is one of the only cases of sentimental comedy creeping into the play. This new style of play was very different to the old style, so once people got used to it they began to enjoy the more funny and light-hearted parts. These days we are used to it, but it would have been a much more boring play if there was sentimental comedy involved.
Traditionally, the colonized country is depicted as a woman ripe for harvesting; the colonizer comes in and ravishes the land. What sets Achebe’s novel apart from this tradition is that it examines the slow emasculation of a male protagonist. While his village is certainly being taken advantage of, he is stripped of his masculine power and nothing more. Okonkwo’s surrender is not given any kind of sexual connotation. Although he is ultimately seen as quite feminine in nature due to hid suicide and the system’s lack of support for him, he is not taken advantage of in any way.
Daisy’s sense of happiness is based on her materialism; resulting in her lack of wisdom or empathy regarding human relationship. She disregards the welfare of other human beings, because she only cares about the things that Tom gives her; the house, money, and jewelry. Furthermore, Daisy's focus on materialism causes her to act out like a selfish human being through her thoughtless lifestyle. Nick states, "I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused.
But he is unfortunately oblivious to the virtue in her soul, the deep beauty contained in the depth of her love for him. The wife's virtue leads her onward and upward; the husband's lack of it, and inability to appreciate virtue in his Georgiana makes him seem arrogant and selfish. The theme of Hawthorne's story is that perfection is impossible and that there is always a price to pay for being vain. We must always be willing to take the good with the bad. When we try to impose our will on Nature we can get destroyed in consequence just as Georgiana was destroyed when the birthmark was removed.
Nature has been lost to us, as Carolyn Merchant makes note of, and it is because we grow ever distant with more technological advance. Because we cannot be there in nature, we have recreated it as well as the images that represent it. The use or these representations for the selling of technological products has in many cases done nothing but further the nature-culture dichotomy. The separation of the nature and culture has led consumers and viewers of advertisements to fall for the manufacturer's ploy of making one believe that their product is "natural." For example, the package of Sun Raisins contains a picture of a farm and a woman that looks like a farmhand picking many fruits.