As the characters are surrounded by an ambiance of broken time, it is evident that the past cannot be restored once broken, making each person extremely uncomfortable. Gatsby’s memories drove him into death, for he did not understand the importance of releasing and respecting history for what is it. Instead, he held onto the past through the green light, pink suit, and simple clock. Furthermore, he lingered in a place that only crippled his well being, indifferent to the impossibilities of restoring the past to its former rapture.
Their judgments were resolved by their emotions and without any coherent reasoning to back it up. This illogical thinking distorted their understanding of reality and led them to eventual failure. For Gatsby, his poisoned dream to relive the past with Daisy Buchanan is seemingly impossible. He is blinded by his obsession with her and because of it; is unable to think straight and see the true reality of it, causing him to eventually lose his life. Prufrocks on the other hand is bounded by fear, not love.
Furthermore, his inability to perceive his situation leads to disappointment. Consequently, Gatsby causes his own suffering because he dreams for goals that cannot exist. After Gatsby’s argument with Tom Buchanan over who deserves Daisy, “only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, udespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room” (134). Gatsby’s further attempt to create a concrete lifestyle based from his imagination brings more agony... ... middle of paper ... ... focusing on his own character leads to the awkward situation. Again, Gatsby’s choice to overemphasize material goods causes uncomfortable scenarios to arise.
He was already at the early stages of deafness and his relationship with Julie did not go well. These tragic events are directly linked to the context of his composition. The sorrowfulness of the piece reflects his emotions he was feeling at that time. Beethoven knew that his disease cannot be cured, and when he met Julie, a light shinning in his dark tunnel, he thought he could feel happiness again. Although, reality struck and he knew they could never be together.
Gatsby is struggling to accept that people can change, especially in five years! He assumed that Daisy would just leave Tom and fall back in love with him, but Daisy is having hard time to make a decision. The characters around this conflict such as Jordan, and Nick know this is happening. The more Gatsby get’s sucked into this illusion the more he gets detached from reality. At this point the Great Gatsby isn’t so great.
In the story not only does Krebs struggle with his longing for a romantic relationship, but he also struggles to maintain his integrity and hold on to what good he can remember from his time in the war. Hemingway tells us “People seems to think it was rather ridiculous for Krebs to be getting back so late, years after the war was over” (1). Krebs even states “He did not want to come home” (1). With these statements, Hemingway shows that the war changed Krebs from the young man he was, in this small mid-western town where nothing changes, to a more critical and complicated individual. With that change he has developed a taste for the world and how he wants to live in it.
Willy cannot tell the difference between the past and present and gets lost in his hallucinations of the past while he tries to cope with the present. His reflections of his past are his attempts to live in a state of denial. He also has many hallucinations of his brother Ben. When Willy’s own thoughts of success are compromised, his mood changes violently, showing bi-polar symptoms. He has many disorganized thoughts which is another major symptom of schizophrenic disorder.
Nelly notices this, recalling that “Heathcliff shunned meeting us at meals...Heathcliff stood at the open door; he was pale, and he trembled: yet, certainly, he had a strange joyful glitter in his eyes, that altered the aspect of his whole face.” (326-327) While Catherine’s spirit might have been just a hallucination to him, Heathcliff is much more excited to see her in the afterlife. Instead of being haunted by a past he did not want to remember (like television Heathcliff) he is anticipating his reunion with Catherine. Neither version of Heathcliff got what he wished for upon Catherine’s death, which in turn determined
Change was apparent in every passage, though each story approached the concept differently. In "The Great Gatsby", Jay Gatsby was faced with a harsh reality. To survive healthily, he must change his ways, and move on from his past with Daisy. However, Jay was not up to the task. His outlook remained clouded by his lust for the lost romance, and the illusion of his success.
Henry Thoeau once warned ‘Never look back unless you are planning to go that way’. This applies to Stevens in ‘The Remains of the Day’. Stevens embarks on a journey from Darlington Hall with the purpose of finding ‘new discoveries’, however he does the opposite as the journey results to the discoveries of his past mistakes which highlights his missed opportunities, thus all he can do is look back over his life with regret. Stevens is advised by a gentleman, 'Don't keep looking back all the time, you're bound to get depressed.' The ironic tone highlights that it is too late for Stevens to be warned as he has been emotionally repressed throughout his employment at Darlington Hall.