Jimmy Valentine changed his troubled life of robbery for someone he loved, imagine trying to do that. Before moving to Elmore, Jimmy Valentine was a burglar. He was sentenced to four years in jail. But was released after a short ten months. After being released, Jimmy moved to a little town named Elemore to start a new life with his love Annabel. Furthermore, Jimmy Valentine was truly dedicated to living a moral life by trying to leave his past behind him, making an effort to be honest, and by keeping his promises.
First, Jimmy Valentine wanted to let go of his old life and start a new life. In addition Jimmy said, “I know you'll be glad to get them-- you couldn't duplicate the lot for a thousand dollars.”(O.Henry, 4). In the quote, Jimmy was talking about selling his prized tools that he used for theft, so he could really start a new life with Annabel. Also when Jimmy registered for a hotel room in Elmore, he used a name Ralph D. Spencer instead of Jimmy Valentine. Jimmy even became a whole new person in an effort to start a new life. Next, in a letter to a friend Jimmy said, “I wouldn't touch another man's money now for a million”(O.Henry, 4). …show more content…
As Agatha, Annabel's niece, was trapped in the new bank vault, Annabel begged Jimmy to do something to help Agatha. Again, Jimmy kept his promise and safety got Agatha out of the vault, even though Jimmy had to reveal his true identity. For instance, in Jimmy's letter to his old friend he mentioned, “...I want to make you a present of my kit of tools.”(O.Henry, 4). Jimmy wanted to give his old tools to his friend, and keep his promise. But after Agatha got trapped he needed to use them and miss the meeting. In similar fashion, when Jimmy explained that he would never take others money. Jimmy was keeping his promise to himself that he wouldn't go back to his old ways, as long as he was with Annabel. In the end, Jimmy is now keeping promises to others but also to
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He too abandons his morals; illegally earning the money that he believes will win back the heart of his lost love Daisy. When they had a love affair long ago, she wouldn't marry him because of his financial standing. The details of his business are sketchy, when asked he usually ignores the question. Tom though, after some investigating finds the true nature of his profession.
In chapter 8, Gatsby reveals to Nick what his life was truly like. While reading about Gatsby's past the read comes to realize how much he changed just for one person. Gatsby was actually born James Gatz, a man from a poor family who had fallen in love with Daisy. With the love that James had for Daisy he was willing to give her up to try and better himself for her. James had known that the only way he could be with her, was if he was wealthy. When analyzing this chapter, we truly see how much James had changed himself and left his family just so he could have money to be with the women he loved. Now it seems to be something romantic, however one should not to gain more wealth to be with someone. The reader will read more and find out that, however Jay Gatsby had actually bootlegged to earn more money. It seems to be that Gatsby had been worried about his social status just to have Daisy back.
When a young, poor man finds himself with a rather large chunk of change, it’s a mystery how this man has all this money. The reader doesn’t know how Gatsby made his money until Tom Buchanan reveals it during a tiff with Gatsby at an apartment. Tom, upset he was losing his wife to Gatsby, blurted out “He and this
Trying to make ends meet, he turns to selling drugs. By the time Jimmy finds love ones more and decides to settle down tragedy occurs. Trying to escaping from a drug bust at a friend’s house his attempts end up with a conviction for murder. Due to his illiteracy, Jimmy couldn’t read the false accusations he never committed.
Jimmy went through a lot of pain his experience would soon be the cause of a life filled with trust issues. "I felt lost and confused around grown-ups. They never told the truth. They were always hiding something that would eventually hurt me." pg (19). This shows how people are not satisfied until they sabatoge someone else 's happiness. Be careful who you trust, not everyone can be trusted. Witnessing his father in jail and addicted to alcohol, his mother leaving,
There is something special about human beings. Human beings have the capacity to sacrifice themselves for others. Not all do it and many do just the opposite. In the story “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’BRIEN, demonstrates that statement. Jimmy Cross, who is 1st lieutenant of his platoon, is a man of integrity and grace which unfortunately starts to diminish throughout his journey. Jimmy begins to fantasize of, “love” which starts to interfere with his daily life, subsequently leading to his excess amount of emotional baggage that he carries, but, ultimately he realizes his fault and he begins to reconstruct his outlook on life tremendously.
Jimmy's transformation begins when he decides to burn the pictures and letters of his girlfriend, Martha. To be a leader in war was meaningless to Jimmy Cross compared to the love he had for Martha. Cross' subsequent burning of Martha's letters suggests that he's determined to put such romantic ideas behind him. He repeatedly convinces himself that there will be no more fantasies about Martha. The burning of Martha’s things is symbolically used by O’Brien to signify a turning point in Cross’ development. Cross realizes that Martha's feelings for him were not those of love, for she is an English major, a girl who lives in the world of words. Cross was rationalizing his un-requiting love for Martha to create a “home world” inside his mind so that he could mentally escape from the war when he needed to.
Daisy stuck with Tom through years of his cheating, and when Nick invited her and Gatsby over so they could meet again, she had another chance. Gatsby did everything he could to become rich and to find Daisy. This meant that Daisy had everything she could have wanted. She had a man who loved her, who was wealthy, and all she had to do was end her marriage with Tom. What Gatsby had was new money, and Tom had old money. “What Daisy requires is not only money but old money. Old money is better than new, not because it can somehow buy more or because they will be more of it, but because it has fashioned the tastes, values, attitudes, matters, and intellects others possessors.”(Lathbury 59). Something about the old money was more valuable and appealing to Daisy, so she gave up Gatsby to be with Tom.
As a young boy, Gatsby has a yearning for wealth and success. He went as far as to changing his name from Jimmy Gatz to Jay Gatsby to sound more professional. The young Gatz strives daily to become his self-created character. Jimmy’s father says “Jimmy is bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something” (Fitzgerald 173). From the beginning of his childhood, young Jimmy is determined to not be like his family. Gatz wants more in his life rather than being poor farmers like his parents. Jimmy Gatz has a plan as shown in his letter about how he is going to attain wealth and prestige. He is constantly working on how he can improve and make a better future
"Then at full dark he would return to his hole and watch the night and wonder is Martha was a virgin." He recognizes the ideas that she may not be a virgin, and even acknowledges that there are other men in her life. Jimmy knows that Martha has many boyfriends, and when he receives a picture from her in the mail, wonders who the photographer was. He treasures the picture and takes it everywhere with him, and yet the small shadow in the picture of the man taking it seems to be his focal point. He wants to focus purely on his unrequited love for Martha, but he can't. He seems to force himself to understand that she does not actually love him. She will never be his, and he knows that somewhere inside him, but continues to imagine that the love that she signs at the end of her letters is really a romantic love.
Since the beginning of the book, it was very obvious that Jimmy lacked of a family. Readers can also state that although Jimmy did have a family, it lacked structure. The family structure and the love of a family was never something that Jimmy ever experienced. The book also mentions how in Jimmy's family there was three of them, himself, his sister Martina, his older brother Mieyo, his mom and his dad. Right since the start, readers see that his family is not what American's consider the perfect family. Jimmy's family was not a nuclear family. It is also very evident that Jimmy's parents were not always the best parents and did not know where to put boundaries on what Jimmy and his brothers should experience. "I was fie years old the first time I ever set a foot in prison." (Baca 1) This could have been the result of his parents
Jimmy had been troubled throughout his life especially during his childhood. His parents didn’t love him; his teachers didn’t think much of him, and the girl of his dreams was involved in child porn. At one part of the novel Jimmy asked his mother if he could get a cat and she replied, “No, Jimmy, you cannot have a cat. We’ve been over this before. Cats might carry diseases that would be bad for the pigoons.” Jimmy did not seem to get the love that he should from his parents but seemed to get through it. Atwood never really explained what the importance was to Oryx being in child pornography and wonder why that was even put in the novel. Problems continue for Jimmy even until the end of the story where he fights to survive when he believes that he is the only one left. It seemed that Jimmy wasn’t as good as Crake and couldn’t live up to Crake’s expectations as he went to a mediocre school and Crake went to a prestigious school.
Furthermore, Jimmy’s relationship with his mother is destroyed by the distress caused from the polarization of their society. Disturbed by the prominence of third world poverty and her husband’s immoral experimentation, it is evident that Sharon is suffering from depression. For Jimmy, her wallowing reaffirms the stigma that women are emotionally inferior to men. As a result, he intentionally triggers and manipulates his mother, much like his father did, until she is broken down. Afterwards, “he would pat her …saying 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry.' And he was sorry, but there was more to it: he was also gloating, congratulating himself, because he'd managed to create such an effect." (33) After years of neglect, and disinterest, Jimmy resented that his mother never pursued a significant relationship with him, and took advantage of the only way he could meaningfully interact with her, even if it was vicious. His attempt at a relationship spiraled into a self-important, power-hungry cycle much like Sharon’s dynamic with her husband and the powers that control society. Given her ethical concerns over the corporatization of scientific experimentation, Sharon leaves the compound and Jimmy behind. Years later
This passage shows that Jimmy is not a leader. He is very passive toward his men. He says he want to keep them safe but he does not really do anything to stop them from getting killed. He feels guilty when one of his men dies and wishes he was not in charge so he would not be responsible for their safety. This shows that he is a good person but is not willing to take
After receiving the news about the murder, Jimmy explodes with emotions. “I remember, I was more afraid of my little daughter than I ever was of being in prison” (Dennis 34). This quote shows the fatherly love Jimmy had for Katie. It compared the strength Jimmy had through the rough times in jail and how afraid he was of losing Katie. Ultimately, Jimmy follows the wrong path. Jimmy not only fails to find his daughter’s murderer, but he also kills Dave along too. By looking though a psychoanalytic lens, one can interpret Jimmy’s fatherly instincts which are to try to unearth his daughter’s murderer no matter the cost.