Character Development -- the Yugoslavian Bodybuilder
Kristoff Savi-ic is a first-generation Yugoslavian-American (of Serbian descent) whose parents immigrated with their three children to the United States in the 1990, having narrowly escaped the Balkan Wars that ensued immediately afterwards in the early 1990s. At 29, he is the youngest of three much older brothers and he bore the brunt of considerably intense and somewhat cruel teasing on their part as a child and as a teenager. His brothers were both jealous and resentful of the comparatively easy life that Kristoff enjoyed growing up in the U.S., both of them having experienced much more difficult childhoods in Yugoslavia and without any of the comforts and opportunities that were always available to Kristoff, who moved to the U.S. when he was 7. Partly because of his love of American junk food as a child, Kristoff became somewhat overweight as a child and his brothers, both of whom had military experience, tormented him about his weight. They also routinely showed off their manliness, mainly through their boxing and they taught Kristoff just about everything he knows about what kinds of traits and behaviors are admirable in men, including an extremely chauvinistic, mistrusting, and predatory sexual attitude toward relationships with women.
Kristoff was never a particularly good student but his parents always made excuses for him having to do with the fact that he had to overcome a language barrier. One of the predominant themes in the Savi-ic household has always been the relative ignorance of Americans in comparison to Serbians, and Europeans in general, especially in relation to their ignorance of world history and culture. No matter how poorly Kristoff performed in school, his parents always reinforced the family narrative that he (and all of the Savi-ics) are much smarter than Americans. Pavel ("Paul") Savi-ic, Kristoff's father, was studying to become a mechanical engineer before leaving Yugoslavia but never managed to complete his…… [Read More]
The subordination still exists on the outside and this is shown more and more through Amir's despotic behavior towards Hassan. The subordination has moved beyond its tacit acceptance phase and into a clearly recognizable perspective.
It is, however, completely irrational and comes, in fact, from Amir's own shame and being a coward and not doing anything to save Hassan. His incapacity develops on more than one levels and it is interesting to see once again how one of the characters is, in fact, pictured with regards to the relationship with the other character. On one hand, he is genuinely afraid of what could happen to him. On the other, more hidden level, he also wants the kite and is willing to trade anything for it, because the kite, as shown previously, will give him the stature he needs in society and, especially, in front of his father.
The fact that he is unable to intervene triggers his subsequent erratic behavior as well, generated, in fact, by his own conscience and culminating with framing Hassan so that Amir's father would believe he had stolen money.
However, the rape also had a different effect in the relationship between the two, one of equalizing the two characters on a subconscious level. Amir recognizes to himself that what he has done (or rather what he has not done) is wrong and this fact alone is able to determine the transformation of their relationship into one of equality. The fact that he accepts to himself the reality of the events also shows how the character evolves, as influence by Hassan's actions and behavior.
This is certainly a connected theme to the main theme described in the first paragraph. Amir evolves throughout the book as he begins to become accountable for his actions and all this new behavior is, in fact, triggered by Hassan. Amir certainly does not realize this until he grows up and lives in the United States, but it is already beginning to be felt by the reader after the rape. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the simple fact that Amir accepts to himself that he did wrong is a key in that sense.
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The loud clang however received no answer and the land continued to be unnaturally still, only shaken by the great storm. There was nothing I could do against the waves on my own, so I had to descend into the village and call the people myself. As I ran through the streets, I met no one on my way and found only a few dogs barking and howling because of the danger they sensed in the storm. The wind was now so strong that it threw things in my way, making it even harder for me to walk. I could see the big door of the hall wide open and when I finally got there I found all the people sound asleep on the floor. I first saw the prince and approached him fast. I shook him and tried to awaken him, but he seemed immersed in a deadly sleep. The heaviness of the food and drink was on the minds of all the people and I could find no means to bring them back to their senses. Running through the hall, I saw that the great princess was not there, as she hadn't taken part in the revelry with the others. The storm outside was getting louder and I knew that I could only save myself from drowning and that the rest of the people will perish in their sleep. It gladdened me that maybe I could find the princess and take her with me, but it ached my heart to see the whole land destroyed. As I rushed in the tower room, I found the princess asleep like the rest and for a moment I was even more dismayed. But when I shook her, she came to her senses quickly, as she hadn't been seized by that terrible heaviness, like the others. Together we fled outside just as the water was rushing through the door and the windows of…… [Read More]
Finny succeeded to draw a circle of truth around himself that made him credible and put him above any intention of punishment whatsoever. His unique behavior and his style brought a breath of fresh air into the old school especially because "the Devon Faculty had never before experienced a student who combined a calm ignorance of the rules with a winning urge to be good, who seemed to love the school truly and deeply, and never more than when he was braking the regulation, model boy who was the most comfortable in the truant's corner" (idem). For all that, Finny unconsciously paved the way to perdition for his friend, Gene. He uncovered the feeling of envy in his best buddy that further led to suspicion and ended in indirect murder. As a result, Gene made Finny fall from the tree while exercising their dangerous jumps into the river, leading to his leg being fractured. The injury was fatal for Finny's athletic career and put him definitively out of the play. Even so, Finny did not stop to ponder. He simply changed his focus from himself to his friend, Gene, whom he wanted to prepare for the 1944 Olympics regardless of the Second World War that was currently being fought. In contrast with the fact that "the school is involved in everything that happens in the war, it's all the same war and the same world"(Knowles, 27), Finny lives in a world of fantasy and drags all those round him into it. "Bombs in Central Europe were completely unreal to us [...] because our place here was too fair for us to accept something like that" (idem, 30). The reader found out at some point that it was not just because the boys discovered an efficient way of prolonging their happy careless childhood, but also because Finny's personal intereste in enlisting in the army subsequently followed by his failure to do so. His way of setting his own rules, disregarding the conventional ways and always getting away with it proved that "Finny's life was ruled by inspiration and anarchy"(idem, 34), yet it led to his own death.
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The allegations against Mr. Parker are false, and furthermore, defy any sense of logic with respect to the history of the man in question. To suggest that he might have determined to yield all which he had worked for with no scintilla of ethical divergence by a single and senseless act such as that for which he is accused.
With his well-earned career and excellent reputation now at stake with this judgment, I implore a reconsideration of Mr. Parker's record and the nature of the case against him. First and foremost, I believe that the legal ramifications of this case must afford Mr. Parker an advantage in consideration, primarily based on the lack of concrete evidence against him. I will spare you the details of this shortage of concrete evidence, which will most assuredly be made clearer with any further hearings or proceedings against Mr. Parker.
I simply ask you to keep this consideration foremost in your mind as the case against him moves forward. There is a preponderance of the evidence which circumstantially appears to legitimize at least pressing forward with the case. However, this is truly the bare minimum of available evidence against any party. It is hardly a case of certainty such as seems to be implied by the professional consequences already facing Mr. Parker. Taking into consideration that the case against Mr. Parker is somewhat flimsy, and reflecting upon Mr. Parker's history here and his generally commendable character, it should seem increasingly apparent that this is not a man deserving of our skepticism or scrutiny.
It should seem apparent to you that I am fairly committed to defending the innocence of my employee. This is primarily because, in addition to my certainty that this is the case, the absence of an individual such as Mr. Parker from our organization would…… [Read More]
Comparison: Revenge and its Motivators in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights are two of the most significant literary works in history, both maintaining the ability to remain successful and relevant far beyond the years immediately following their respective publications. While each novel is exceedingly different from one another, with one focusing on the perils brought about by a man-made monster who seeks to torment his creator and the other focusing largely on a pair of lovers caught in a tumultuous relationship that never allows them to truly be together, the theme of revenge and its ability to transform an individual completely is one that runs through each respective novel in a significant way. Doctor Frankenstein's Monster and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights are two characters who are both tormented and driven by the thought of revenge, and by the end of each respective novel, these characters will do anything to enact their revenge upon those who have wronged them.
In Shelley's novel, the monster is a creation of Dr. Frankenstein, who by using strange and elaborate methods of science, succeeds in bringing this visually-horrifying creature to life. Terrified of what he has created, Dr. Frankenstein abandons his creation almost immediately after he is brought to life, leaving the monster alone and incapable of understanding who he is and what has led him to enter the world around him. Having been abandoned by his creator, the only human connection he has to the world, the monster, frightened himself, is forced to wander through the woods in search of someone to understand him.
The novel continues on with the monster learning the English language and the ways of humanity through his eavesdropping on a family in the woods and his interactions with the kind blind father who treats the monster with kindness, as he is unable to see his horrid features. However, this kindness does not last long, as the family returns to the…… [Read More]
Some of society might indeed see her as too fat, which could lead to a mishandling of human services. Alternatively, others could dismiss her weight worries as inconsequential, and therefore never get to the lack of self-confidence at the root of her concerns. There is much confusion and mis-identification regarding weight; according to a recent study of women, while only "55% were overweight, though two-thirds said they thought they were overweight" (Kaiser, 2007). Jazmin is, in fact, somewhat overweight, but not to the extremity that she thinks she is, and not enough to cause her immediate or permanent medical damage. Her misperceptions about herself, however, as well as society's misperceptions about weight in general, can cause for a misdirection of human services.
If I were to encounter Jazmin Biltmore in real life in a professional capacity, I would recommend that she seek help from a licensed counselor and a nutritionist. This combination would be most effective, I believe, because Jazmin's self-confidence would be boosted if counseling led her to a better and more realistic image of herself. In addition, there is most often an underlying psychological cause for weight problems and feelings about weight, which can be countered with internal examination of these causes and an external re-evaluation of eating practices and habits (Edlin & Golanty, 2007). Nutrition can also play a significant role in depression and other emotional issues. The benefits of both counseling and nutritional information, then, are two-fold: through counseling, Jazmin would be able to understand and accept herself for who she is, in addition to finding the underlying cause for her weight issues; and through nutritional re-education, Jazmin will be able to choose foods that keep her happier and healthier, and would even help her lose weight.
There is every reason to believe that the results from this combination of psychological counseling and nutritional education will be very positive. Even without any supplemental nutritional work, "psychological counseling is generally effective in…… [Read More]
Oh, we just came back from a shoot-out. I participate in the Single Action Shooting Society where I go by the name Tex Fiddler," Joe said.
How in the world did you come up with Tex Fiddler?," I asked unable to repress my curiosity.
Well, I am from Texas and I love to play the fiddle. It is one of my hobbies," he said.
After this awkward introduction, we invited Joe and his wife to join us for the late meal we were having. Joe seemed very at ease in everything he was doing and saying. He and my husband talked about work, horses, guns and philosophy at the same time. Joe had an opinion on every subject and he always shared it. His infatuation with old western customs was obviously just one of his many different pastimes. Joe Provenzano was definitely a philosopher and Tex Fiddler, the character he invented, was one of his ways to speculate about reality.
Me and my wife like wearing these old western costumes," he said at one point. "This way we can go back in time and experience something else. The more costumes you wear, the more speculations you make about the nature of reality. And this helps us get one step closer to the ultimate truth."
The evening went on like in this way, and by the end, my husband and I had almost turned into philosophers ourselves. The next day my husband went to his interview at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories and he was offered the position. We ultimately moved down to Los Angeles where he worked for four years before moving to Seattle. During our time in Los Angeles, I met a number of unusual characters who worked with my husband, but none was more eccentric than Joe. I wonder if Joe Provenzano would have been Joe Pro-if he had been born and raised in Italy.… [Read More]
This attitude is wonderful to be around because Donna is so happy all the time. Regardless of what is going on, she is always up. We could be told that we have to work overtime, and Donna will simply say that it is more money. She will crack jokes about the boss, roll her eyes, and make funny faces right behind the boss's back just to try to make us laugh in a meeting. Her eyes might be small, but she can bug them out in a way while she is making a weird face that is so funny. She also loves to do things with her hands when we are in a serious meeting. She manages to next to or almost behind the boss so she can performs these antics and get away with them. She says she is not worried about being fired because she is an administrative assistant and they need those anywhere.
However, she will not be fired because she is remarkably efficient. When she is on the phone when an aggravated customer, she can calm them down simply by turning on her mom voice. We've all heard her do it and she says she got good at it by having four kids and learning how to talk to them. She says you just talk to people like you love them even though you know they are wrong. She even talks to the boss in such a way that she can change his tone and mood without him realizing it. He will walk into her office aggravated and leave with a smile. She says that is her contribution to society -- making life a little better one moment and one smile at a time. Like you do when you are raising kids,…… [Read More]
He simply cannot escape these expectations. So, when Robert DeNiro takes on a comedic role, such as the role of the potential father-in-law in Meet the Parents, the moment he comes on the screen, the audience is aware that he is Robert DeNiro, in addition to the character that is being portrayed. Therefore, his character can do things that other characters could not. Who but Robert DeNiro could portray a father who would give an actual lie detector test to his daughter's suitor (Roach)? Another actor who has made a career of playing essentially different versions of the same basic role is Hugh Grant. In each of his films, Grant plays a bit of a romantic doofus, who is handsome, and because he is handsome, has some success with women, but is essentially clueless about women. This is a characterization that he brings to each of his roles. Therefore, when his characters end up being cads, the audience is not even angry with him; they knew he was a cad before the movie even started.
What all of the examples above make clear is that characterization in a film is complex. It involves combining what the character does on screen, what the actor is known for off screen, and whatever is directly said about the character. What this means is that some movies are not at all effective at creating character. Even some of the best and most talented actors have been miscast in movies, where their presence simply did not sell the character correctly. On the other hand, some of the more memorable characters in film were created by relatively unknown actors, who were able to seize upon a role and make that role their own. In fact, the most effective characters in movies are so believable that they become real people in the minds of the audience. One prime example of this is Gregory Peck's portrayal of defense lawyer Atticus Finch in to Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus was not even the main character in the film;…… [Read More]
The moment when Sula accidentally kills Chicken Little plays an important role in her relationship with Nel. While both girls are inclined to feel guilt as a result of their involvement in the child's death, Sula believes that her action was caused by her destructive nature and that it is perfectly natural for her to put across immoral behavior. In contrast, Nel gradually detaches herself from the event and comes to believe that she had nothing to do with Chicken Little's death. Her upbringing influenced her in believing that she could not possibly make a mistake as long as she acts in accordance with her mother's instructions.
The relationship between Sula and Nel is very different from the one between two typical children, as they feel that they are connected as a result of their similar goals. Even with the fact that they have different personalities they feel that they complete each-other. It is very probable that Nel considers Chicken Little's death an opportunity for her to get out of this relationship, taking into account that she feels pressured by the fact that Sula's behavior and personality is very different from her mother's behavior and personality.
It is difficult to determine if Nel feels sorrow for not acting when Chicken Little lost his life or whether she believes that she was simply wrong because she did not perform a socially accepted act.
The Deweys are meant to provide readers with an alternative to children like Nel and Sula. The fact that they all bear the same name makes it possible for readers to understand that the community in Bottom was a location where individuals lost their personal identity. Nel and Sula are more similar to Shadrock than they are to the Deweys and to normal individuals in their community. This makes it possible for them to learn more regarding their personal identities and to be able…… [Read More]
Case Reflection #1
First come up with three qualities that constitute being a "Good Citizen." Your group members must agree on three qualities.
What are the three qualities? What factors did you consider in order to agree on these qualities? How difficult was it to agree on three qualities?
When considering which three qualities constitute being a "good citizen," we considered all of the six pillars of character, and the Boggs success skills. While we believed that all of these qualities are important, we determined collectively that trustworthiness, respect, and civic virtue were the most important to being a "good citizen." It was relatively easy to agree on the importance of these three qualities, although we had a good debate over which qualities to pick.
Do you consider yourself a "Good Citizen?" Why?
If I measure myself against the three qualities that our group has selected, then I would consider myself a good citizen. I try to remain as trustworthy as possible and not let people down. If I say I will do something, or say I will be somewhere, I follow through. Given that trustworthiness is one of the core parameters of being a good citizen, I measure up on that account. Respect is something I similarly try to cultivate. I try to listen to others' opinions when they are different from my own. Perhaps my biggest weakness is civic virtue. I could do more in terms of contributing to the community, volunteering, and generally participating in the political process.
3. If so, how did you obtain the appreciated qualities; through school or parental influence?
I received most of my appreciated qualities from my parents and my peers. My parents had the most meaningful influence on my character development, as they taught me the importance of honesty, dependability, trustworthiness, and respecting others. The way they punished me when I did not live up to their ideals helped me…… [Read More]
Character identification: The Graduate (1967)
"Plastics." Although The Graduate was made in 1967, it is difficult not to identify with the protagonist Benjamin Braddock. Benjamin is a recent college graduate, adrift in the world and uncertain of his life's purpose. Benjamin finds himself constantly pressured by the adults in his life to select a stable career path and to settle down. Benjamin is disturbed by the emptiness and misery of the adults around him, but he is not sure about how to find a new way to live. He wants to please his parents but he does not want to become like his parents.
First and foremost, I identify with Benjamin because we are at similar life stages. We are no longer young adolescents who feel confident that our parents know what to do, yet we are uncertain of our own values. We seek objective, wise counsel from an outside authority, but we also known that there is no one who is not self-interested in the advice he or she gives. Older adults have made a substantial life investment in the traditional, suburban American Dream. Even though we may not feel this is right for us, we will have to forge ahead on a path of financial and personal independence.
Benjamin's choices feel very limited -- does he choose to sublimate his creativity and go into the production of "plastics," as he is urged to do at a party by an older guest? If not, what is the viable alternative? I feel personal and family pressures to get a good job by the time I graduate from college. My dilemma is slightly different than Benjamin in that I am more worried about finding a decent-paying job to pay off my student loans. Spiritual fulfillment as well as financial solvency seems like a far-off dream. But both of us are similarly dissatisfied with the choices before us and wish there was another way to 'grow up.'
Benjamin also finds himself frustrated by the lies of adult society.…… [Read More]
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Round and Round: Closing the Gaps in Let the Great World Spin
Ciaran's narrative in book one of Let The Great World Spin, "All Respects to Heaven, I like it Here," contains vital information for the understanding of the events that take place within the novel, and for the significance of those events to its principle protagonist, Corrigan. It is highly important that this particular narration comes before those of the other characters (except for that of Philippe Petit) because of the structure of the novel which essentially contains 11 separate narrators all united by the Petit's skywalk between the pair of towers of the world trade center -- and their interactions and reverberating actions with Corrigan. To many of the other narrator's of Let the Great World Spin, Corrigan's behavior is inexplicable. He chooses to attempt to restore the worldly souls of prostitutes and street rabble, the very essence of offensiveness to most ordained clergymen. With so many different narrators telling variations of separate stories that collide around Petit's crossing of the towers in 1974, there are inevitably gaps that need explaining. Ciaran's narrative is responsible for filling many of those gaps by explicating the characterization, behavior, and motives of Corrigan, whose actions in turn link many of the characters in the story.
In many ways, Ciaran's narrative -- which primarily chronicles the affairs of his brother Corrigan -- reveals that purported gaps in the story, and in particular those found in class and pecuniary matters between his brother and his "congregation" of street peddlers, are not quite as immense as they might appear to many of the prostitutes in which Corrigan comes into contact with. Moreover, for all of Corrigan's moralizing and attempts to redeem people through the language and teaching of Christianity, he is not altogether different from these people. His proclivity for the street life, for intoxication and the worldly pleasures and fulfillment of that pleasure that unites him with many of the other narrators, begins early in his life as the following quotation from Ciara's book demonstrates.
Corrigan started getting drunk young -- twelve or thirteen years old -- once a week, on Friday afternoons after school…Corrigan liked those places where light was…… [Read More]
Character "Little Miss Sunshine"
Case Study of Character "Little Miss Sunshine"
The film that we are going to focus on in this essay is "Little Miss Sunshine." The film was released in 2006. It was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Michael Arndt. The film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, and Abigail Breslin.
Abigail Breslin was the lead character of this film as she played a cute young girl who goes by the name of Olive Hoover. "Little Miss Sunshine" is a film that revolves around Olive and her dream of joining the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. This beauty pageant contest takes place in California while the family lives in Alburquerque.
Olive's family is very supportive of her as she is apparently the only one in their family who is honest and determined to accomplish her goals. The rest of the family on the other hand, is going downhill and each member of the family is confused in his/her own way. Olive's father "Richard Hoover" believes in a theory about success which he developed himself and is head strong about it even though his theory is failing badly for him in real life as he is facing bankruptcy.
Olive's mother "Sheryl Hoover" is trying her best to support everyone in her family but she cannot take it anymore because of her husband's stubborn attitude as a result of which she wants a divorce despite the fact that she has 2 children. Olive's brother "Dwayne" wants to become a pilot and he is firm about his decision. However, he later on finds out that he is color blind as a result of which his dream of becoming a pilot shatters and he thinks that life is too difficult for him.
Other than Olive, Olive's uncle "Frank" plays a big part in a movie as Frank tried to commit…… [Read More]
An Analysis of Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen
and Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once wrote that, "Nothing endures but change." In the novels Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy, character development is used to explored the novelists underlying perspectives on the meaning and possibility of a utopian human society. In Watchmen the character of The Comedian transitions from one of a socially-conscious war hero to that of a nihilistic vigilante with little regard for human life which reflects the authors' larger philosophical message that a utopian society is impossible as the "watchmen" who would defend it would inevitably become corrupted by their power. In contrast, in Looking Backward, Julian West transitions from embodying the harsh, competitive world of the Nineteenth Century to understanding the social equality and utopian nature of a fictional Twentieth Century by forging a relationship with Dr. Leete and by falling in love with Edith. In both works the authors utilize changes in characters' personalities and outlooks to represent their larger philosophical messages about a utopia.
In Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, the murder of The Comedian is the instigating event of the entire story. Though much of the plot focuses on why and who order the assassination of this superhero, a great deal of the philosophical message of the work can be understood through analyzing who exactly the Comedian was in life. The Comedian's real name is Edward Morgan Blake. Very little information is provided regarding his earlier years besides that he worked to fight crime and that he fought for in World War Two in the Pacific. Where we do see the transition of The Comedian's character is in the novel's present. A number of conversational exchanges capture this character's burned out and nihilistic perspective. The Comedian states that, "Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense, and, "Yeah. Yeah, that's right. Pregnant…… [Read More]
She says, "You could play around with words for ten years and still not come up with the proper combination for how I felt at that moment. Awful. Dead. Betrayed" (Shea 193). Robyn, her dreams shattered, has never learned forgiveness, because she could never forgive Lucy and Frankie for what they did. It takes her uncle's passing to allow her to come to terms with that summer when she turned eighteen, that, and Lucy showing up again after twenty-two years and no contact at all.
Robyn even acknowledges to herself that she cannot forgive and that has eaten away at her adult life. She says, "I realized I hadn't thought about that skill of his in years, and I pushed it away fast" (Shea 206). Even when they tried to get back together, Lucy was between them and Robyn could not forgive him, but she admits she spent her life trying to find him. She says, "You can waste a good portion of your life looking for what you've lost. Always looking" (Shea 230). As the book progresses, it becomes quite clear that even though Robyn has a "normal" life, she never recovered after that last summer on the farm, and that she has never been happy in her life. She has a daughter, but not a husband, and she has so many broken dreams that she is broken herself. When she sees Frankie, she realizes that. She says, "I used to imagine. Often. Very, very often. For a lot longer than was healthy. Years and years past the one disappointment that colored everything for me" (Shea 258). Robyn is a sad character not because her life has turned out badly, but because she let one horrible and life-defining moment torment her for the rest of her life. Lucy is looking for forgiveness too, forgiveness from the baby she kidnapped, so the entire novel is really a testimony to what can happen to a person when they cannot forgive and allow the feeling to fester inside them for years. Luckily, her story does end happily. She and Frankie reunite, but the best thing is, she has learned how to forgive and how to allow herself to be happy, and that was the real journey that started…… [Read More]
Kite Runner: Character Analysis of Amir
The author Khaled Hosseni wrote and published the book, The Kite Runner, in the year 2003 (Miles 207-209). It was during the year 2005 that the book became a bestseller in the United States. It was made into a movie by the year 2007, however it is considered a very challenged book. It faces many issues regarding the Afghan culture. Yet, in some way the controversies which lie in the novel obscured the book's accomplishments. After two years of publication, Hosseni's book made it to # 3 on the New York Time's Bestseller List; this is very impressive seeing as it was written in English, which is Hosseni's second language (Miles 207-209). The Kite Runner offers its readers a complex look into political history through an individual tale of friendship, betrayal and jealousy. This book also gives an insight into immigrant communities in the United States; it gives a closer look at what it means to be away from your homeland (Aubry and Timothy 25-43). This personal story about a boy and Afghan friendship is not only a way to open up about contemporary Afghanistan. It parallels to the nation of America as a whole (Miles 207-209). While other stories which may lie in the genre of coming-of-age end in adolescence or early adulthood, we see the main character of this story until his middle age. This brings a question to the genre of the book, however it is clear that it is a story about redemption and atonement, therefore it can be justified as a coming-of-age story; our protagonist just took a while to get there (Miles 207-209). Amir is a very complex character; he is seen in three dimensions: the selfish and confused boy in Afghanistan, the regretful and guilty man in America, and the fully grown man who is finally doing some good returning to Afghanistan.
Amir is the narrator as well as the protagonist of the novel and is a Pashtun and Sunni Muslim (Shamel 181-186). Although not a completely sympathetic character, Amir is one for whom most readers feel compassion. His father, Baba, is rich by Afghan standards, and as a result, Amir grows up accustomed to having what he wants. The only thing he feels deprived of is a deep emotional connection…… [Read More]
The Evolution of Sammy
ENGL - 1302
Updike was clearly a master of his art as evidenced by his use of characters. Indeed, he told the story of his own evolution himself when he said "I began as a writer of light verse, and have tried to carry over into my serious or lyric verse something of the strictness and liveliness of the lesser form." [footnoteRef:2] The most poignant and impactful character to follow in the Updike story in terms of character evolution was Sammy, whose perspective is told in this story. There are three clear stages in Sammy's thought process as the bathing suit-clad girls enter, progress through and then exit the store. These stages are pushed along as far as Sammy is concerned based on the reactions and interactions with his coworkers including Stokesie and the penultimate scenario with Lengel, the manager. [2: Poetry Foundation. "John Updike: The Poetry Foundation." Poetry Foundation. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/john-updike (accessed October 20, 2013).]
The ways in which Sammy's focus and motivations shift in each of the three stages of the Updike story are palpable and extremely noticeable. This is first exemplified when Sammy takes his stand with Lengel near the end of the story, when he discovers how utterly pointless it probably was once using retrospection and introspection. The ending perhaps begs the question what Sammy's true motivations were, but the reader must decide for herself the true merit of the character. The cultural implications of all of the events are not hard to discover if one is aware and can contextualize the very different cultural and social times of early 1960's America. [footnoteRef:3] [3: Brown, Jeffrey. "Conversation: Archive Offers Revealing Look at John Updike | Art Beat | PBS NewsHour | PBS." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/06/conversation-updike.html (accessed October 20, 2013)]
There are three clear stages taken on by Sammy during the story. Each stage of this trinity reveals more about Sammy and reflects the development of this character by Updike. In the first segment, as the girls enter and saunter around the store, there is a clear case of ogling and staring that is undertaken by both Sammy and his coworker Stokesie. One specific example of this was clear when Sammy makes note of the fact that the straps on Queenie's suit are down and that her face is "prim." Sammy drives this…… [Read More]
Enemy of the People
Character Analysis & Reflection of the Play "An Enemy of the People"
Tom Stockmann -- This part is essentially the role of the scientist. Dr. Stockman is an idealist, secure in his scientific world that the right thing, as he defines it, will be done. Tom Stockman is rational if not pragmatic. He underestimates the power that money has over common sense, good sense, and sometimes any sense at all. Stockman's world view is that of medicine, a paradigm that demands its practitioners do no harm. While money from tourism would certainly be nice, Dr. Stockman is unable to accept the idea that there are citizens in the town who would trade good health -- perhaps even their own good health -- for money. Further, he doesn't understand why the authorities don't respond to his discovery and move forward with making the corrections to the pipes, in concert with his original suggestions. Dr. Stockman has right (times 2) on his side: he correctly identified the cause of prior illnesses and his position as a doctor demands that he respond to that situation, and he advised against placing the water pipes in their present position, a recommendation that, had it been followed, would have avoided the central issue altogether.
Peter Stockmann -- This part is essentially the role of the business enterprise. As the mayor, Peter Stockmann has the commercial well-being of the town at heart. He argues with his brother about the need to go along with the majority in decisions that impact the township. Further, Mayor Stockmann is perfectly willing to subvert the truth if it will further his cause, which in this case is the development of the bath project. The issue of water contamination is further complicated by the fact that the Mayor chose the locations for the pipes, and so is directly responsible for the contamination, particularly since he did not follow his brothers' more knowledgeable advice. The…… [Read More]