In "My Antonia", Jim states that happiness means “ . . . to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep” (Book 1, Section 2). Jim, along with Antonia were two kids who traveled to Nebraska at a young age. They came from completely different socioeconomic statuses and despite Antonia's lack of language they eventually befriended each other and grew up together. From the very beginning of the book, we find out Jim's opinion on happiness as he is outstandingly intelligent and can easily express his thoughts. By the end of the book, however, through Antonia's words and actions, we find out that she agrees with Jim's definition of happiness.
Society looks at daisy as if she is weak and deserves to only serve her husband. They believe she should do what she is told and obey her husband and family’s wishes. Daisy is the ideal woman of wealth through society's eyes in
Rosalind develops a different persona to hide her deviation from others. On the inside, Rosalind is a sweet and gentle woman but to protect herself, she puts on a shell of independence.
In addition to the Black Mary, Rosaleen showers Lily with love and support. Rosaleen treats Lily like she is her own daughter. Rosaleen accepts the way Lily is and has faith in her. "'Here you go. Happy Birthday" (28). Rosaleen cares about Lily and knows when something is important to her, like her Birthday. Lily never gets anything from T-Ray on her Birthday, but Rosaleen cares so much about her that she still gets Lily something. Rosaleen can tell when Lily is in pain or is sad like most mothers can. "'Well why don't we sit down on the side of the road awhile?'" (28). Rosaleen acknowledges the fact that Lily feels upset, and is comfortable expressing the need to rest and relax. Since Lily has known Rosaleen a long time she is comfortable expressing herself around Rosaleen and knows that Rosaleen will listen to her problems and insecurities. "'I was the only one who knew that despite her sharp ways, her heart was more tender than a flower skin and she loved me beyond reason'" (11). Rosaleen and Lily have a connection that most mothers and daughters have. They care
She also saves her pride and arrogance as the Choragos remarks, “Like father, like daughter: both headstrong, deaf to reason! She has never learned to yield.” She had many chances to prevent her demise but her pride stood in the way. Through the progression of scenes leading to her tragic ‘fall’, she is every bit of the woman she was at the beginning.
Initially, the audience see Vivian as a person who is very uncompromising. The students she taught knew her as harsh, making her an unfavorable teacher. She appeared to not care about the students she taught, and her coldheartedness was reflected in her actions, an example being when one of her students tried to receive an extension on a paper because of the recent death of her grandmother, at this request Vivian concluded “ Do what you will, but the paper is due when it is due.” This impenetrable exterior that Vivian places upon herself discourages the formation of beneficial relationships from being formed in her
religion at the beginning of the book. However, as the the revolution progresses, she starts to doubt her religion values toward the interpretation on the bible. An example would be “My faith was shifting,and I was afraid” . This means that her faith of what she did believe in originally was changing. Patria has used courage many times throughout the book. One moment in the book she used it is at the beginning of the book when she lost her baby as a stillborn. She used courage by taking that moment in life in going on and tried having more children. Another example of Patria have courage would be her father's death. That impacted Patria’s life just as it impacted her sisters, but Patria stayed strong and thought of the rest of her family and told
She is a person that took every day as it came to her and did what was necessary in order for her to survive. There was no shame in her trying to obtain happiness by keeping her cousin as a lover, nor killing an unborn child to keep herself from being punished. She is attempting to open the eyes of a naive priest who sees nothing but what he has learned from books.
‘It 's a rich people 's party.’ ‘Rich people go to Heaven too,’ said the girl, who studied religion at school. ‘Get away with Heaven,’ said the mother. ‘I’m going because I’ve been invited,’ she said. ‘And I’ve been invited because Luciana is my friend. So there.’ ‘Ah yes, your friend," her mother grumbled. She paused. "Listen, Rosaura," she said at last. ‘That one’s not your friend. You know what you are to them? The maid’s daughter, that’s what.’” (Heker 1)
For Daisy, she is expected to always be happy, and act like nothing negative is happening. As Nick first sees his distant cousin, Daisy, with Jordan who “were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house” (12). The girls were “rippling” and fluttering”, as if they were airy and light. This connects to how they were up in the air, being light-headed not caring about a thing or focusing on their problems. They were careless and were only caring about living their lives. However, Daisy is extremely unhappy with her current life, being married to someone she does not love and never finding true love. They are simply just forgetting or hiding their problematic lives from others. Also, Nick describes Daisy’s face and appearance as “sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth“ (13-14). Everything about Daisy’s appearance for the most part is “bright”, meaning that she appears to be extremely happy and cheerful. However, Nick describes her as “sad” also, showing that Nick senses some unhappiness in her facial gestures. Inside, Daisy is depressed and unhappy because of her terrible
It is as though she uses that as an excuse for when she does something ridiculous or childish, making it seem like she does not know any better. In reality, she knows exactly what she does but just does not care. She uses this "princess" image and her money to hide her biased, snobbish, and conceited view of herself and her lifestyle. As from the text, "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together" (187-188), which further portrays Daisy as a character who does not fit the role of "white" in the novel; she is an anti-heroine of sorts.
Furthermore, she says, "And I hope she'll be a fool-That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."(127) regarding her daughter. Daisy is telling Jordan and Nick about her hopes for her daughter. She prefers for Pammy to be as she is because she finds her life simple enough. Daisy was brought up this way believing that the upper class and its status is her only priority and this only proves her corruption as she is saying that it is better to be careless and beautiful instead of being present in reality.
Robert Bellah’s concept of “being less selfish” perhaps helps to explain why Rosaura fails and Mellix partly succeeds because “being less selfish” shows that a person needs to be more selfish in order to assimilate.
In the Great Gatsby, happiness is not obtained, for many reasons. Everyone is suffocated by being wealthy, and competing with each other that they do not notice the consequences that lie ahead of them. Daisy was so blinded by luxury and wealth that she did
Throughout the plot of this short story, Rosaura had always assumed of her position as an equal like other children invited to the party, such as the fat boy or the girl with the bow. However, she is given bills instead of the small gifts that the other children received. These bills symbolize the transactions made by two separate social classes. We can also recognize this difference as the relationship between an employer and employee. The favors and tasks Rosaura had done for the party was recognized as a business-like service, and not as gestures made for a friend. As the falling action leads towards the resolution, Senora Ines cleanly cuts this fine line between their social classes.