Standing Alone Against the World in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead Conformity is a basic human characteristic that man spends a life time either fighting or accepting, but few can escape. Parents, churches, schools, and communities teach that the path Peter Keating follows is the assured road to security and happiness. Humans crave companionship and are willing to sacrifice their values, beliefs, and very souls for the satisfaction of superficial love. Howard Roark demonstrates that true happiness comes from within, at the end of a wearisome road. He confirms this ideal through exhaustible determination struggling from burdensome beginnings to almost unattainable goals without relenting to pressures from society.
McCandless was an extremely compassionate man, and would always loyally abide by his ideals and principles. What he sought was life in its simplest form; he no longer wanted anything to do with modern society and all of the troubles that it brought. Then lies the extremities to which he took making this all become reality. How many people could honestly claim to have sufficiently reached out to their dreams, could honestly claim that they had at least tried let alone pushed hard enough to succeed? McCandless was not the 'sit down and take it in stride' kind of person.
Both men’s actions are products of how they want to live. They never let the expectations of others impact their behavior. This is most evident when Meursault is actually facing his own death. While Meursault is certainly not a hero, people who stand up for their beliefs are to be admired. Meursault is certainly a model of a person who cannot be swayed by the opinion of others and remains true to himself, so oddly he
“Bernard can get the best marks in school, y’understand…Because the men who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want” (1246). Willy discredits Bernard learning abilities and puts the popularity matters above everything else which is ironic because Bernard hard work pays off as a successful business when Biff is going nowhere with the popularity he has in high school. This quote further emphasizes Willy only interest is popularity and ... ... middle of paper ... ...to success and fame. Throughout the play, many events show Willy appreciation to traits such as good looking and popularity.
As for Peter Keating his definition of selfishness is doing everything for oneself and not worrying about who they are hurting or using. The novel is a constant war between altruism and egotism. Howard Roark is a true egoist, he has no desire to be involved in others business, he just wants to live up to his ideals and morals for architecture. On the other hand there is Toohey, who is what we would describe as a second-hander. He uses altruism to make men believe they need to live for others and put others before themselves.
The concept of personal responsibility expressed in Hap is supported by moral judgments of the narrator and protagonist of Hardy’s own novel Far From the Madding Crowd. Hap concludes “Hap” with the stirring declaration that “These pureblind Doomsters had as readily strown / Blisses about by pilgrimage as pain.” (13-14). Hardy uses this declaration to assert that mortal men and women have little control over the quality and content of their lives. However, Hardy does not use this lack of control to excuse or justify the joys or pains of life. In “Hap”, Hardy stoically accepts chance as a part of life, neither condemning it nor disputing its control.
His teachers backed him up and assured his parents that he worked hard to earn his good grades. As time went on, his success continued and Najjar eventually graduated at the top of his class in medical school. He then moved to the United States where he became an esteemed neurologist and epileptologist. No one believed in Dr. Najjar growing up, so he wanted to prove a point to everyone who doubted him and he made it clear he was never going to give up on
The evaluation of these claims requires a discussion of the nature of philosophy. I find that Murdoch and Nussbaum agree on the ability of literature to contribute to moral understanding, but disagree on the issue of what philosophy is. Therefore, they disagree on the question of whether certain works of fiction are also works of philosophy. I argue that the task Nussbaum assigns philosophy is too broad. Through the use of critical and reflective methods, philosophy should examine and sort moral claims.
Placing the individual over the government, Thoreau shows his passion for the self. That person’s actions may go awry, but, at least, the person still has the right to learn from his or her wrongs. Thoreau equates a meaningful existence with unyielding trust in a person’s inner voice. Without this voice being nurtured, an individual loses his or her personhood. Such unwavering loyalty to the self best characterizes the Transcendental ideal life, where one only needs to follow intuition to be
I look around me and don’t want to conform to society’s standards, I recognize that there is an easy way out, but try my best to remain true to myself by following my heart with pure conviction. Because of my desire to remain true to myself, I closely identify with Emerson in “Self-Reliance”: “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, - that is genius.” Emerson’s views of soc...