Happiness is truly a feeling that everyone gets. Whether it’s getting that favorite game or a new car, the way people see happiness can be different than others. The pursuit of happiness is what inspires true happiness and that is something indescribable. In Charles Mungoshi short story, “the setting sun and the rolling world”, he describes two different perspectives of happiness. The perspective of old Musoni and his son, Nhamo. Mungoshi’s most important theme is that one’s pursuit of happiness can give someone pain. Three important examples support this. The first is Nhamo and his father, old Musoni, arguing about Nhamo’s decision. The second is old Musoni’s fear for his son in the big world. The third is old Musoni’s emotional approval for his son. These examples would demonstrate and help with the idea of the theme.
The pursuit of happiness is a long way. But for Nhamo, he finds it difficult since the hardest obstacle standing in his way is his father. Old Musoni just wants what right for his son but Nhamo wants what makes him happy. When Nhamo mentions leaving to his father, he gets very angry. “But this would be the last day he would talk to his son” (pg.1). Old Musoni’s harshness on his own son is because of his mistakes and past experiences. “He himself had taken chances before, in his own time, but he felt too much of a father” (Pg.1). What old Musoni doesn’t realize is that Nhamo probably won’t make the same mistakes from his father and he deserves some freedom. However, old Musoni pays no heed to that. Unfortunately, the path of happiness is a difficult way for Nhamo.
It is normal for parents to being protective over their children. However, being overprotective is just bad for the children. Nhamo has an overprotective father who just doesn’t know when to let go. Old Musoni fears death and being unemployed from his son. “Think again. You will end dead”(Pg.1). Nhamo is already aware of the consequence but insists he’d find better work and...
Question: Explain how Huxley creates an ‘elaborate and nuanced setting’ for Brave New World, and discuss its effectiveness in conveying the themes of the novel.
Aldous Huxley explores the implications and uses immense detail along with new concepts to create the very intricate setting of Brave New World. The social, political, and technological implications of the novel set the basis of Huxley’ssetting and helps to portray the idea of a World State and how it might function. The detail that Huxley uses throughout the novel provides us with close and detailed descriptions of everything from individual buildings to leisure activities, this also helps to convey the idea of a world state and how it might function in a society like ours. Huxley introduces new concepts such as the state conditioning centres and test tube babies, which in today’s society are unheard of. The themes of science as a means of control, power, and the pursuit of happiness carried to an extreme further help to convey the complex setting that Huxley has created.
Brave New World takes place in the calendar year A.F. 632 (after ford) in London and year zero for this calendar is 1908 AD, which was the introduction of the first Ford Model-T and where Henry Ford first introduced the idea of mass production. The setting that is...
In history, there have been various wars that have affected the lives of people around the world. The SettingSun by Ousamu Dazai and The Reader by Bernhard Schlink are both examples of how World War II affected people. In The SettingSun the author displays how much a country’s tradition changes after imperialism which is why some people might say TheSettingSun best represents the effects World War II had on culture. However, The Reader best describes the effects the war had on cultures because the author compares the parent generation of Germany during World War II to the generation after which allows readers to have a better understanding of changes in different time periods.
In The Reader, Bernhard Schlink shows how the parent generation and the new generation of Germany have different perspectives on life. The parent generation was raised during a time when being a Nazi member was normal. The author uses Hanna’s trail as an example. While Hanna was on trial she asked the judge “I…I mean… so what would you have done?” and the judge later answers “There are matters one simply can’t get drawn into, that one must distance oneself from, if the price is not life and limb”(Schlink, 111-112). In this quote Hanna asked the judge what he would have done in her circumstance but the...
...challenges and move into the world. This is shown by a personal battle with their inner self, personal choice leading to a change in their emotions, different people having different ways of adapting to new challenges, individuals trying to shut off the rest of the world and the help of others an individual's attitude will change as they enter the world. This is shown the the novel The story of Tom Brennan by J.C Burke and in the movie Shrek by (director)
An individual's personal battle with their inner self may hold them back as they try to overcome challenges and enter into the world. The author uses flashbacks throughout the novel from Tom's perspective. These are of the night of the accident and show the reader that Tom is affected by the actions of his brother on that night. It also shows that Tom is held back and has a hard time overcoming the challenges that he faces due to these memories. The use of dialogue between Tom and Chrissy is used when Tom opens up about why he doesn't like to visit Fin. This conversation shows the reader that he is finally opening up about his old life that has help him back for so long. By Tom talking about this with Chrissy he has changed his personal choice and decided he doesn't want to be held back by his old life anymore. Once a person gets control of their inner self then they overcome challenges that they face in their new life as they move into the...
...A Raisin in the Sun: Dependency
“Weariness has, in fact, won in this room. Everything has been polished, washed, sat on, used, scrubbed too often. All pretenses but living itself have long since vanished from the very atmosphere of this room.”(23-24) A Raisin in the Sun is a play of dependency, where events are dependent on one other events. Monetarily, the Youngers depend on the insurance check to rescue them from the weariness and familiarity of their one room apartment. Between all the talk about money, though, the fight for the characters to stick to their values remains. Finally, the aspirations of the characters, which depend on the check and the characters self-integrity, make the text what it is; an experimentation as to what actually happens to a dream differed. Three words that best describe and embody this play are credibility, self-integrity and that of ambitions.
“Man…I trusted you….Man, I put my life in your hands.” (128) Centuries of being on the Earth, and the human race’s reliance on itself has not changed. Most recently, society relies on technology heavily. However, mankind has almost always relied on money. Credibility is a major idea in A Raisin In The Sun. The prime example of this is Walter misplacing his trust with Willy. Because Willy is greedy, he takes Walter and Bobo’s money and runs, which puts a dent on Walter’s plans for his liquor store and for Beneatha’s schooling. When this happens, Beneatha...
...around 17 June. 'The Sower' and, later, 'The Night Café' were among the few 'attempts at composite paintings' he ever made, as he wrote subsequently.
He wrote a great deal about this first attempt to enliven a landscape by using a human figure as the focal point of the composition. He described it in no less than four letters and sent hastily-executed sketches of it to his friends John Russell and Emile Bernard. He later made two drawings after the completed painting for Bernard and Theo.
Inspired by Jean-François Millet's 'Sower' from 1850 (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts), Van Gogh had tried several times to produce a serious painting on the same theme as the French master's chef d'oeuvre. His first attempts, undertaken in the Netherlands, were unsuccessful. However, encouraged by his increasing technical competence, he tackled the theme again in Arles. He apparently did not yet possess sufficient confidence to attempt the work without preparing himself first, as the canvas in Otterlo is a study - though an extremely promising one.'The sketch [ ... ] keeps tormenting me', he wrote to Theo, 'and I wonder whether I shouldn't tackle it seriously and make a terrific painting of it. My God! how I should like to do that' The Otterlo canvas was his first step towards this goal. He envisaged the ultimate masterpiece as speaking 'a symbolic language through colour alone', and in this sense it was to be a truly modern piece. 'Could the sower be painted in...
...A Thousand Splendid SunsTheme
Most of Afghanistan is overwhelmed in poverty. Many people live in dirt floored huts and have very limited resources. Only the rich in this country have all of the westernized luxuries available to them such as cars, well built homes, servants, etc. Mariam has suffered from a life of poverty at the beginning of the story.
After Rasheed’s store burns down, he and his family suffer the obstacles of poverty. They had to sell everything they had in order to make ends meet. Rasheed couldn’t find a job and was fired from two restaurants. The amount of food they had begun to run out and the family is forced to skip meals often. Rasheed also takes up stealing food, but even that won’t help them escape from starvation. They even had to leave Aziza at an orphanage in order to reduce the amount of mouths to feed.
The theme of the discrimination against women reinforces how cruel men can be to the other gender. Afghanistan allows men to have complete power over women; the Taliban brutally enforces the law. Discriminatory practices such as beatings, murder, loss of control of their children, and humiliation continue even today. Mariam and Laila are two of the Afghani women in the story who are abused and mistreated by both their husbands and society.
Women are never really free even in the more democratic government because of the belief that the Koran allows them to have total...
1) Justice and Penance
Although it is not directly apparent, one of the strongest underlying themes of the novel is the idea of justice and penance. As the characters lives are inevitably altered by the chaos around them, they look to themselves as to why they are being punished. They believe that what occurs is penance for the sins they have committed. The theme is introduced to us by Nana, Mariam's mother, when she explains why she built the kolba by herself, "Jalil could have hired labourers to build the kolba, but he didn't. His idea of penance" (Hosseini 10). This was his way of making Nana atone for their affair, even though they were both at fault.
The most striking examples, however, occur near the end of the novel. Rasheed, who had tormented Mariam and Laila for years, finally met his end with the same brutality as he treated them. And lastly, the relationship between Mariam and her father, Jalil. Mariam always admired her father, so much so that she intended to leave her mother, who had raised Mariam alone all her life. Mariam waited for days outside Jalil's house, knowing of his presence inside. But he, for fear of losing face, ignored his harami, never to treat her like a daughter of his own. Later, awaiting the arrival of his death, Jalil visited Mariam's house to make amends. Mariam, fittingly, did not welcome him and shredded his letter, never to know until many years later why her father visited....
...Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World addresses the theme of identity in a myriad of different many ways. Huxley addresses the issue of identity from the very beginning of the novel, opening with a description of how they create 96 identical humans through a process of splitting one fertilized egg called ‘Bokanovsky’s Process’. Proceeding to talk about the ‘creation’ of humans via an in vitro process involving manipulating them to like or dislike certain conditions depending on their predestined place of work, the first chapter dehumanises people from the very beginning. I believe it was Huxley’s intention to show the reduction in value of human life in his Dystopia as early on as it gives readers a sense of the lack of individuality and it allows the ideals shown later to be more readily accepted by an audience as we see them less as people.
One could effectively argue that there is identity in Brave New World; however that is not to say there is identity for the individual. Especially true of the lower castes, all children are matured in two years and given a shared upbringing using psychotherapy and ‘hypnopaedia’ to condition them to think in what are considered the ‘right’ way. “Not so much like drops of water, though water, it is true, can wear holes in the hardest granite; rather, drops of liquid sealing-wax, drops that adhere, incrust, incorporate themselves with what they fall on, till finally the rock is all one scarlet...