These characters struggle with powerful emotion in many ways, and are therefore judged as mad. The two protagonists engage in totally different journeys, but each of them leads the reader to discover the limits of human emotion. These limits are reached by Werther and Billy, therefore leading to both characters’ demise. In simple terms, I think that Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five demonstrates the extremity of too little emotion, in contrast with Werther in The Sorrows of Young Werther demonstrating the extremity of too much emotion. Both of these characters live their lives in suffering because of this lack/surfeit of emotion.
Therefore who exactly is a hero and what is the role of the hero? In this paper the term "Heroism... ... middle of paper ... ...mes a better individual, and it is all of the work he did after that moment that has made him be recognized as a hero. Gilgamesh is more of a hero because once he realizes that he could be doing better things for other people he changes his actions. Enkidu is a hero but not on purpose. He is created as a hero on the other hand, his own conscious, his own choices make him more humane, and he has changed his primitive way of living.
Thus, Ed recognizes and uses the bravery in himself to overcome obstacles that prevent him from reaching his goal, which is to help others. In conclusion, Ed goes through a change in mentality in which helps him to realize positive qualities in himself that he never notices before helping others. Throughout the novel, Ed starts to notice that he has many positive qualities in himself; the most prominent being worth, determination, and bravery. In the end, no matter what one thinks, they are not useless or made up of negative qualities. There is always something wonderful about a person, though they just might not know it yet.
Arthur Dimmesdale, a character of high reputation, overwhelmed by guilt, torn apart by his own wrongdoing, makes his entrance into history as the tragic hero whose life becomes a montage of pain and agony because of his mistakes. The themes leading to Dimmesdale’s becoming a tragic hero are his guilt from his sin, and his reluctance to tarnish his reputation in the town. Guilt plays a huge role in defining Dimmesdale as a tragic hero. Dimmesdale has understood that by not revealing his sin, he has doomed himself. This also connects with the constant struggle with Chillingworth.
Because of this great sin, it causes them immense guilt and sadness though out the rest of the book. One of the main character's that is affected the most is Arthur Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale handles it in a different way though, to him its more of a "concealed sin." A example of this is, "It may be that they are kept silent by the very constitution of their nature. Or - can we not suppose it - guilty as they may be, retaining, nevertheless, a zeal for God's glory and man's welfare, they shrink from displaying themselves black and filthy in the view of men; because, thenceforward, no good can be achieved by them; no evil or the past be redeemed by better service."
It becomes known to the reader that Dimmesdale is ill and that is due to fact that he is guilty of being Hester’s lover and Pearl’s father. Hawthorne reveals Dimmesdale’s bad nature after the revealing of his own sins. For example, Hawthorne wrote, “Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome with a great horror of mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked breast, right over his heart. On that spot, in very truth, there was, and there had long been, the gnawing and poisonous tooth of bodily pain.” Dimmesdale’s guilt is manifesting into physical pain, but he won’t end his pain by revealing his sins, he will only let it fester within him even more until it completely destroys him.
“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times the hero within us is revealed” (Bob Riley). I agree with Mr. Riley that to be truly heroic one must step up during tough times for what’s right even if everyone else steps down. True heroes are individuals who would stand up to serve for the greater cause rather than standing up for desire of greed. Though, no matter what heroes will strive towards a positive change and improve the situation even during the toughest of times.
During his journey he proves his self-confidence before the encounter with Skylla Mountain. Even though... ... middle of paper ... ...-evaluation and corrected himself by turning his life around so that he could be fully aware of what it means to be a hero. Even though he has different traits from different heroic people he still succeeded in proving himself, like all heroes do. Now he truly understands his place in the world, his purpose, and what he must do in the future as the main hero of his household. Journeys like Odysseus’s would influence people to think about a hero in a complete opposite way than stories about pure-hearted knights in shining armor because it shows a person’s mistakes and how he handles or copes with them while maturing overtime.
Ethan, Mattie, and Zeena were all trapped in an illusion, most likely because of severe depression. This illusion was a means of escape from their difficult lives and an easy way out, although this way of living ended up being more destructive than intended. Living in an illusion ultimately is unhealthy and destructive as demonstrated through Zeena isolating herself, Ethan and Mattie falling "in love", and Ethan and Mattie attempting suicide. Illusion is a perception that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality. Illusions affected the three main characters in Ethan Frome.
Their identities were through their lack of ambition and ego, with a desperation born of the fear of the truth. On the other hand, they test their courage by placing themselves in dangerous situations. These systems and values are illustrated through the depiction of the characters in The Sun Also Rises, "a sad story about smashed people whose lives are largely beyond their own control"(Reynolds 73).