She was always dead but he couldn't face reality. In the poem the last line says,“Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”(131) The image of Prufrock being woken, and then drowning gives the reader the idea that as he is woken from his dream, and back into reality, reality drowns him. He can not handle the pressure of the real world, where decisions need to be made and action needs to be taken. Eliot is showing how the modern man is trying to dive into dreams, into their subconscious in order to escape the harshness of reality. Sam was doing the same thing, diving into the dream that Sylvy didn't die when he was a child but was still there to love him.
Even though the characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby appear to relish the freedom of the 1920s, their lives demonstrate the emptiness that results when wealth and pleasure become ends in themselves. Specifically, the empty lives of three characters from this novel—George Wilson, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan—show that chasing hollow dreams results only in misery. Adding on to these complex characters, George Wilson dreams of becoming a successful businessman. Wilson depends on selling Tom’s car and Ni... ... middle of paper ... ...says “I’ve been here too long. I want to get away.
He continues complaining about his hapless state and the reader begins to detect the shallowness of character of this otherwise larger than life legend. He is so self-centered and full of self pity that he shows scant respect for those close to him and those that he rules as seen in lines 4-5. His pride keeps him from calling himself old, in that many words ; He has to allude to his wife's age to let the reader in on his own advanced years. The wisdom and grace of old age seem to elude him completely as he metaphorically claims "I will drink life to the lees. "Tennyson uses vivid imagery in lines 10 - 11, the "rainy Hyades"again bringing out the fear of death in the narrator .
However, he wasn’t always rich and wealthy there was a time when he was poor and had nothing. This was the reason he lost the love of his life, and now does everything only to gain it back. Through the book, the reader learns glimpse after glimpse in a beautiful way Gatsby’s quest from being poor to becoming rich, from being together with his beloved to ending up alone. Although after reading “The great Gatsby” one may get a feeling of hopelessness, it one of those novels that leaves you inspired even long after reading it. It’s a masterpiece not only because of the thrillingly brilliant plot or memorable characters but also because of the life lessons that it teacher to the reader.
Ultimately, Tom is quite saddened by Myrtle’s death, not because he loved her as a person, but because he loved having control over her. Now that she is dead, Tom is no longer a man of power as that power has been destroyed. Thus, in the novel according to Fitzgerald, when man focuses solely on success from power, corruption is the result. Therefore, the author supports the vision that intense pursuit of success by the individual leads to their corruption and ultimately a more corrupt society. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald has a pessimistic vision of America and his depiction is that when man concerns himself with only his success, the result is corruption.
This had a profound effect on his life as he often viewed himself "more or less valuable as a direct result of having or not having money" (Wood). His early fascination with wealth provided the perfect foundation for him to incorporate the idealism of wealth into his novels. In addition to his early life, Fitzgerald became accustomed to wealth during the 1920's, a period of rapid change and conspicuous consumption. Because of this, he witnessed both the waste and glamour in 1920's society (Bruccoli). He illustrates this in his novel This Side of Paradise as Amory Blaine states that he "is sick of a system where the richest man gets the most beautiful girl if he wants her" (Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise 322).
So, by diving into a swimming pool he has a fear of drowning. In other words, this represents his fear of losing his original South Asian identity after ‘diving’ into a country with a completely different culture and way of living. The protagonist struggles to preserve his identity by sending letters back home as they are the only thing that connects him to India. His life in this new country is a constant battle of trying to fit in but also preserve his
John Cheever and F. Scott Fitzgerald are both 20th century writers whose story’s thematically reflected the despair and the emptiness of life. In both story’s “The Swimmer” and “Babylon Revisited” the main characters undergo similar problems, although they are presented differently in each story. The subject matter of both stories, pertain to the ultimate downfall of a man. “The Swimmer”, conveys the story of a man who swims his way into reality. He at first is very ignorant to his situation; however with the passing of time he becomes cognizant to the idea that he has lost everything.
At the beginning of the short story, Neddy seems to mostly fit in with his elite suburban neighborhood, but it is clear that he is dealing with alcoholism, a disease that he mostly keeps hidden but is helping him to deny the realities of his situation. Even in the midst of a failing marriage and strained relations with his neighbors, he remains carefree, deciding to “swim home” and viewing himself only as “The Swimmer” “As he was pulling himself out of the water he heard Mrs. Halloran say, “We’ve been terribly sorry to hear about all your misfortunes, Neddy.” “My misfortunes?” Ned asked. “I don’t know what you mean.” “Why, we heard that you’d sold the house and that your poor children . . .” “I don’t recall having sold the house,” Ned said, “and the girls are at home.” “Yes,” Mrs. Halloran sighed.
In the story “The Swimmer,” author John Cheever successfully shares the reality of alcoholism using symbols and imagery relating to his main character, Neddy Merrill. Merrill’s social status declines the further his journey goes. In addition, the pools Ned swims through represents the different stages of drinking. Cheever unfolds Ned’s life by connecting it to the “The Lucinda River,” named after Ned’s wife (727). The river starts out steady for Ned, much like the beginning stages of alcoholism, as his journey progresses, the current sweeps him away causing Ned to become delusional in his waking life.