The role of love in "The Lady of Shalott" is being the largest as well as the most obvious theme in the poem. Firstly, Lady Shalott made her decisions based on her love for Sir Lancelot; she exemplifies this best when she leaves the tower in search for him. Secondly, she breaks free of the tower knowing the existence of her curse for her love. Although she knows the disastrous consequences of her actions she proceeds on her quest for love. Lastly, Lady Shalott's lack of love is what motivated her to make her irrational decisions; she triggered her fate by leaving the tower for her love. In Lord Tennyson's writing love is the greatest motivator. Lady Shalott pre-determined her curse through her actions all for her love. This all demonstrates how there is no greater motivator than love. Consequently, love was Lady Shalott's motivator and curse and it ultimately led to her tragic death.
Inequality towards woman in the time era of "The Great Gatsby" left woman with little to no social status. Firstly, Daisy's admittance that her daughter will be labelled a fool in the outside world does not diminish the beauty she obtains but will act as a camouflage toward such a harsh reality. Secondly, Tom expresses such misogyny through sadist actions first hand. After being slapped the position Mrs. Wilson was left in resulted in her acting quite accepting to the fact knowing her caste level in such predicament; however, showing no remorse in Tom. Lastly, Gatsby throws great bangers leaving the woman of the party quite drained from the expectations of continuous dancing/drinking. The husbands of these woman knowing their fatigue decide to neglect the fact of their woman's state in order to selfishly enjoy the young night. This all demonstrates how misogyny is a strongly presented attribute of this time era. Consequently, hatred towards woman is the result of a corrupt reality inflicting the minds of society infallibly leading those to act so irrationally.
Amassing material wealth is a pointless struggle. The character Daisy lounges on the couch despite having more than enough money to engage in any sort of a more productive activity. Furthermore, the wealthy discard their better judgment by constantly drinking away their money. Finally, the affluent individuals that attend Gatsby’s parties engage in the trite activity of spreading ridiculous rumours. The American Dream is an illusion, since there is nothing to gain from material wealth. Money has no significance if a life is lived out to be shallow and meaningless. Unfortunately, society still considers monetary wealth to be superior to personal satisfaction. However, in the strive for perfection, one must challenge society’s norms.
The idea of suffering being the only way to find ones true purpose is shown in "The Power of One". Firstly, the beatings that the Judge had inflicted on Peekay had reflected the hardship that he had to endure in order to find his true purpose in life. Secondly, Peekay went through the Judges prejudice without standing up for himself, instead he took all blunt force that the Judge and Jury delivered upon him. This shows that in some way Peekay knew that he had to deal with the harshness of prejudice in order to find his true purpose. Lastly, the hardship that Peekay endured reflected that only through suffering one can find their true purpose is true; because he through the unbelievable amounts of prejudice, beatings, and belittling that without standing up to any of it, and still managed to find a passion to fight for, that being his true purpose.
Social inequality has affected many people. Those who are in lower classes are ostracized and treated poorly. Moreover, racism has lead to members of ethnic groups being marginalized and stereotyped. Finally, gender inequality has caused women to be misogynistic. During the Roaring Twenties social inequality was an issue felt by the nation. This all demonstrates how in a time of abundance and joy, there are still those who suffer a great deal. Happiness is nothing if not shared with others.
The value of possessions is based upon the lack of ownership by others. When someone has a possession they value it according to how many of their peers are envious of it and not its practical value. Mr. Jay Gatsby reestablished the value of their possessions based on the vehemence of envy demonstrated by Daisy when she saw them. Furthermore Tom Buchanan is unappreciative of Daisy when he has no competition over her affections but at Gatsby's party he is proudly protective of Daisy because he senses that someone else wants her. Finally all the old money aristocrats take their power and prestige for granted but become tenaciously defensive of its exclusivity when someone else desires to join their society. Unfortunately human nature dictates that people should seek to ensure their own happiness by depriving others of their ambitions. Making themselves the unique proprietors of magnificent desireables is the essence of the pursuit of happiness and if one wants the rare ecstasy from its capture they need to be ruthless.
Jay Gatsby is driven by a meaningless ambition with no end goal. Throughout this novel, Gatsby’s true greediness is shown in subtle hints. First, Gatsby was very close to Nicolas Cody, but felt no negative emotions when he died except that he was cheated out of his inheritance. Second, Gatsby refused to believe that he was the son of poor farmers, as that did not live up to the hubris image of himself he created, and finally, after pursuing Daisy for 5 years, he finally won her over just to question his love. Mankind has the powerful ability to do amazing deeds when truly motivated; however, sometimes this motivation is blind, and has no true purpose. To people driven by this sort of motivation, they strive toward nothing but to gain more and more.
One must be able to think freely and make decisions based on what will be most beneficial. When Frost speaks of going on the path that no one had taken he states how in the end, going against what others were doing, made all the difference. Also through the way one does not care about others opinions the confidence of this individual's choices shows that if one believes in their choices everything will fall into place. Lastly, the poem describes years from when the decision was made, looking back on how one did not let the opinions of others limit their life choices and that had a huge impact on the life they led. In the end, it is important to remember that just because an opinion is popular, it does not always make it right or what is right for oneself.
In order to achieve true happiness one must mentally be satisfied with what they have achieved. The hamartia of constant dissatisfaction is what leads to marginalized satisfaction. In the novel, it is seen that Tom Buchanan having achieved everything that one could possibly achieve; he still feels as though there is something missing. He is constantly searching for something new to give him that adrenaline rush which will prevent him from anticlimax. Furthermore, Gatsby who has also amassed great wealth is also filled with absolute disparity. He always wants his life to keep improving. He does not want his life to be stable at any point. Finally, Daisy is also held in a position of disparity; as she wants to be with Gatsby once again but is restricted with the social responsibility of being married. This all shows that as much as the American dream is based on money; in order to achieve true happiness an individual must be complacent with who they are and what they have achieved. The constant greed for more is a microcosm of the hubris built up in the individuals within the novel.
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